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  1. If you do French as an A language then I don't think there would be a problem. I don't know if you do it as a B language.
  2. For English: StoryCorps and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me For economics, I've never listened to it but I assume it's good: Planet Money
  3. Hi, You're smart because you gave the answer I was going to give you. You can certainly self-study these subjects. Nothing is stopping you from buying an IB Biology/Chemisty HL book. You can test yourself on past exams. You can do the SAT subject tests to rove to schools that you know your stuff. That's a really good idea. I don't know about med schools and what undergrad courses are/aren't sufficient; but I'm sure there's tons of stuff online regarding that. Many North American schools have sections on their applications where you can notify about anything they should know about regarding your academic history, and you should certainly explain this. They'll like it if you study a subject independently. That's a major skill that you need to have that you're demonstrating. If you study this stuff and really do learn it well, you should be absolutely fine for North American schools. And whatever happens, it'll be alright. I know it seems really stressful right now but it'll be okay.
  4. Nope, as long as there's some reference in the essay you're fine.
  5. I won't give you too much advice on bio and chemistry since they aren't my strong suit but reading never hurts. Also reading (or watching a video) from even just a second source on the same topic is helpful. Regarding Spanish, the best thing to do is find what you like because there are tons of ways to study a language. Obviously, it might be a little tougher at the ab initio level if you've never really seen Spanish. You could benefit from some structured study. A lot of people like Duolingo, but I'm not a fan. I really like EasySpanish (and they also make Super Easy Spanish which would be good for you as a beginner) which are just Youtube videos of natives speaking in street interviews with subtitles. If you're using an Apple device, install the default bilingual Spanish dictionary (it's so good; I never used a bilingual dictionary for years, just unilingual, but after I tried I realized it's wonderful). You can also install the unilingual Spanish dictionary as well but when your starting you'll use the bilingual one more I imagine. If you're not using an apple device then the online dictionary I recommend is Wordreference. It's not as great as the aforementioned dictionaries, but it's pretty good and the best online one. You'll want to study basic vocabulary and quiz yourself on it. It should be easy enough to find lists online. Lastly, don't hesitate to learn grammar. I never understand why it gets a bad rap. It will help you to communicate better than anything and give you a real advantage over your classmates.
  6. Just piggybacking off of @kw0573's good advice, in my experience, some mentors are more adamant about the amount/necessity to include scholarly crit. in an EE and other's aren't so I assume that markers similarly have different viewpoints. You should probably find some criticism but it doesn't have to be much, even IB says that that is not the primary focus of the lit. essays. But actually, I don't think it would be hard for you to incorporate criticism; use a good scholarly search engine and just look up criticism for slam poetry. It may not be on a poem or author that you would have picked on your own but you should be able to find something on some poetry that you like (or at least don't hate). You can add that to other works that might not have had much written about them. I'm not knowledgeable about category 3 essays, but this definitely fits category 1/2 (imo it is a cat 1/2 essay; you are considering authorial choices). I don't think any IB examiner would challenge slam poetry being literature (if Bob Dylan...). I'd even go as far to say that there's even precedent in IB that allows you to recognize it's inherent differences (i.e. comment on delivery; tone of voice; etc.). It's kind of a gray area because on one hand you aren't allowed to comment on music when analyzing lyrics, but IB loves comments on style in poetry, staging instructions in theatre, etc. so in that vein I think it's okay. But you don't have to comment on that aspect if you don't want to.
  7. Yes, just like other IB lit. essays, it's expected that you use quotations from the work in your essay and analyze them.
  8. Nomenclature


    Hi, I like your profile picture. Re: Retakes You're allowed to retake twice, there's really not much risk if that's what you want to do and don't mind paying the money. I'm not sure if I can advise you on what to rewrite/what to send it unchanged. Best of luck.
  9. First you'll want to use the EE guide. http://xmltwo.ibo.org/publications/DP/Group0/d_0_eeyyy_gui_1602_1/files/Guide_Extended_essay_en.pdf This is both good for general information at the start and vital information from pg. 112-125 for subject-specific guidelines. EE introductions are generally very short as you want to get to analysis/arguing for your thesis pretty quickly. There are no fixed limits for that, obviously your final copy is to be slightly under 4000 words. Be sure you fulfill the personal research component and then the other thing that distinguishes a lit. EE from regular IB Essays is that you are encouraged to look at already existing scholarly criticism of the work and agree/disagree/supplement/etc. that scholarly criticism in your essay. Don't overdo it as the lit. essay typically has way less of this than other subjects (history, for example) and your first-handanalysis is the most important thing, but you should try to do it a little.
  10. I don't believe Math Studies will be offered when you take it as IB is changing the curriculum https://www.lmsd.org/uploaded/documents/Academics/IB/ib_mathematics.pdf. Also I don't really see much of a point to taking AP comp sci. while also doing comp. sci. HL. 96% of that is going to be overlap and while you might reinforce concepts and get more practice (not a bad thing), you won't learn anything different and it's kind of a waste in my opinion. Especially since you can still take the AP exam while doing the IB and there's almost no additional material. I took the exam just having done Comp. Sci. SL and did well. (assuming you guys chose the OOP option). So that might be we you want to do Env. Sci. if you're also willing to get rid of physics. Again though it's best to discuss this with a counsellor or coordinator
  11. I think we lack context to really help you with this and it might be better to talk to your counsellor/IB coordinator. We don't know what a block course is in your school. Also why are you just taking part 1 of psych senior year? Is there no part 2?
  12. It doesn't matter, it's your choice. My teachers advised us not to do more than two though. The exception of course being if you're reading a work in translation in which case you then have to do a second book which was written in the language of the essay.
  13. You will always feel some level of stress, but the good thing is that keeping things in perspective allows us to not let stress to sabotage our happiness or equilibrium. I would suggest disregarding what your teacher says, as it doesn't seem to be very helpful. IB right now probably seems like the most important, meaningful thing in life. After all, it's probably what your spending the most hours of your day on. Two things; one is that your likely overvaluing the importance of Pre-IB/IB/whatever your goal is. Pre-IB really doesn't matter, IB really doesn't matter (literally a sheet of paper), etc. Do your best, and then everything will be okay. Notice how I don't say that it will be how you dreamed it initially, but I promise that it will be okay. Life would be boring if you could just dream it up, the twists and the turns make it interesting. Two, IB is not the most important thing. Far from it. Just try your best and learn to except the results. You still might feel nervous about assignments, get a bit stressed crunching out a big project that you left late, etc. That's fine. But a constant, high level of stress is what is unhealthy and no way to live. Re: failing grades and feeling that you are not as smart as your classmates, first of all IB is already a biased sample. There's no shame with not getting the best grade in the class in IB. Learning to fail and learning to be mediocre are actually important, I would argue, and that happens in IB for all of us. You'll never be the best at something in life and that's okay. Comparing yourself to others is a surefire way to not be happy. Second, you may be suffering from "the imposter syndrome" (happened to me at my job until I had worked there for a while and got the confidence I needed). Third, I'm really skeptical of the "smart/dumb" paradigm (which is why I use big words so people will think I'm smart), but really I just think it just comes into past knowledge + current efforts. If you study computer science in uni and someone aces all the assignments, then you think that person's really smart. But it just turns out that they've been coding since they were 8 because their parents made them. Likewise, the person may be putting in loads of hours. Don't let intensive school take away from your happiness or you. Just put in a reasonable effort for things an and be content with that regardless of the result. Best of luck and I hope you feel a bit better. P.s. I know your were just joking but you aren't whining. You're just asking questions to get some help. That's a really good thing to do and we're happy to help, you don't have to apologize for asking questions. Also, I noticed your username and I'd recommend reading this post I wrote recently.
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