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Max Fung

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  1. Dear all, I have recently completed my initial reflection and experiment plans as well as my research question for my ESS EE on soil. However, I'm stuck before I even typed a single word, I have doubts over what to include in the introduction of the EE. I read previous examples but they're kind of foggy, do you guys know roughly what to include in the introduction of an EE (Not just ESS)? Please tell me about it if you know, that would be greatly appreciated
  2. Hello guys, I have recently received the results from my first geography test (unit 1), and the teachers comment was that I messed up the strategy in terms of structuring my answers especially in the final essay question (the test has a similar layout to IB geo paper 2). As a result of my lack of understanding of the proper way to answer the test, I scored a 5. So, if you guys could give me some advice on how to answer each geo paper (1,2,3) that would be greatly appreciated!
  3. Yeah that seems wise to me at least. But for your own sake please make sure that being a psychiatrist is right for you, many times people dream of working in a specific industry and end up in a completely different one after realizing what their "Dream" is actually like. (I believe this applies especially to people who want to study medicine/want to be in the medical field, because the road is pretty fxxking long!) Have some fun before starting ib!
  4. Yes I agree with ESS not being an easy subject per se. But it is much easier to score a 7 in ESS in my school as the course is handled by the science department (Unlike most other schools which is handled by the humanities department), my bio teacher told me last year that 75% of ESS students in the 2015 class scored 7's which instantly attracted me.
  5. Hello Magui, I had similar questions before I started IB (difference being that I wanted to do business) I'm currently in IB1. *These are all my personal opinion, take it with a grain of salt * - Looking at your subject choices, they seem pretty good (English B does seem a bit of a stretch for me at least, preferable English A) - Really your own choice on the "french or other subject" dilemma (If you decide to take another subject and self teach french, i will suggest chemistry as it is becoming more and more important in the medical field recently) - I don't believe the "brevet" will have much of an impact on your application chances for Harvard, 99% of their decision will be based on your IB and extra curricular activities - Your extracurriculars look fantastic, really does fulfill the 3 strands of CAS (I will personally find it hard to manage your extracurriculars along with IB but I am a procrastinator) *side note* I love road cycling too but the roads in Hong Kong prevents me from riding too much - I will suggest you join a sports team because it stretches across the entire year (cycling team? xd) - If you want more extracurriculars/CAS, you can consider starting a club at your school, cycling club perhaps? - Choose between doing ACT and SAT's (my friends said that ACT's are easier), also look at different combinations as they most likely will give you a higher chance of making it into Harvard (e.g. ACT + 2 AP subs), look at different threads on IB survival about the possible combinations you can choose. - Make sure the school you want to go to is perfect for you, consider different factors such as area, accommodation, food, costs, amongst others. Not much for me to say, first year in IB so i don't have much experience. Everything I said here comes from my limited experience and advice from tutors, teachers and uni counselors. Take it easy before you start IB and get everything planned before you start your 2 year IB journey.
  6. It is (for me at least), i'm in IB1 and I chose ESS because I heard from older students about it being extremely easy (IGCSE level). I don't mind it being boring or useless if I can get myself a 7, but I do find myself starting to fall asleep in lessons due to how dry the content is (Teacher did say that the first unit is the most boring). But once again, I don't plan to have a career in any scientific field nor do I have any interest in science, so the best choice for me anyways would have been ESS.
  7. After considering my daily activities and homework time (around 1.5 hours), I have created a second version of the schedule I posted here yesterday. Please give me some of your thoughts on it, that would be great. Side note: Anyone here have experience with the ACT's? I am considering studying in the US for university Schedule V1.5.docx
  8. Thanks, I think 4 hours a day is the most I can do realistically. Heard from older friends that IB is way easier if you give yourself a plan, which is why i'm making one before school starts. Read a blog from a guy who got IB 45, he said for very good results, around 4 hours a day is needed.
  9. Hey guys, I'm about to start my IB journey in the upcoming week. In preparation, I have created a sort of study schedule for myself to use as a reference during the academic year. Below I have attached the schedule I have created. I have factored in my weak subjects and my strong subjects (Strong subjects get a little less revision time). Can you IB veterans please tell me about your study routines and schedules and tell me whether if my drafted schedule is overkill? That would be great, thanks in advance. Side note: I am probably going to change the schedule once i get a feel for the course after 1-2 months into the academic year Schedule V1.docx
  10. Hey guys, I'm about to start my IB's next year, but there's one last thing in my way. The IGCSE session coming up in a weeks time. For those of you who chose economics during your IGCSE's, how was the examiner's marking in the Economics long question paper, are they lenient or more towards the strict side? (i.e do they completely follow the mark scheme or they allow leeway if they think your point is valid). I would really like to know as no one from my school has much of an idea. However, my Economics teacher did say that they will consider giving marks for valid points though, and that you can achieve development points even if you did not mention the main point/theory. Anyways, it would be great to hear from you guys. (Btw. I found this site for IB papers, has everything *cut*) Please do not share illegal past papers on this website. - mac117
  11. Hey guys, I'm about to start IB in August this year, theres a few questions I would like to ask you guys about. 1. Is choosing relevant IB subjects important towards what I would like to study at university? Or is IB scores more important? 2. Do you think it's reasonable for a student to choose a subject that they have never studied before for IB? For example, do you think choosing Geography HL for IB is wise when the student have never studied Geography during IGCSE 3. What subjects for IB should I choose in order to increase my chances of studying business/finance in University? I'm still unsure about my abilities currently as I have increased my effort levels for this year substantially, as a result, I am getting score 2 grade boundaries than last year in most subjects. Here are my current selections for IB (1 HL and 1 SL not decided) 1. Chinese B HL 2. English SL (Not sure) 3. Math SL 4. Econ HL Thanks guys, any help is appreciated
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