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Summer Glau

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  1. Basically so far in IB I find it quite an enjoyable experience. As I do not have Math and English this semester there isn't much homework. However I am just wondering - for the later years, how long do you guys sleep every night? I slept about 7 hours per night, less when I had a test the next day. And do grade 11 and 12 IB students get spares? I didn't get any in grade 11 or 12. Another thing is, since I am so free now, I am thinking about preparing for SAT - I live in Canada - and take it in grade 10 as if I take it in grade 11, I will need to be quite assiduous as I also will have lots of school work. My question is, what other productive activities should I do or learn now that could possibly make my later years less onerous? No idea about SAT since I didn't take it. Just enjoy pre-IB. There isn't a whole lot you can do to prepare for IB. I found that even being in pre-IB wasn't that helpful except for my math classes which were more advanced. Just have fun, work hard on your current subjects and get good grades; if you can maintain a good work ethic during pre-IB then you're more likely to maintain a decent work ethic during IB.
  2. They say that because they're your school officials and their job is to promote IB at your school. Naturally they would say that to entice people into signing up for it. Personally I think IB was worth it, but overhyped. It was worth it because I received transfer credits from my higher level courses allowing me to skip first year courses, and I am currently taking second year biology and chemistry courses at university. I will admit that second year courses are hard and IB doesn't cover everything from the first year uni course (it covers most of it), but I prefer to learn new material and not to be bored in class by learning stuff I already know. I would say everything in the centre of the hexagon was not worth it for me (ToK, CAS, EE). They didn't really help me think critically or grow as a person; I learned that from the six subjects. It was just extra work for no reward. In terms of study habits: I think my study habits actually worsened during the IB. I procrastinated more and I became lazy, and I really regret it. It showed most when my final score dropped from my predicted. Even though my final score didn't really matter in the end, it hurt my pride to know that I could have done better. So to sum that up, I am happy I did the IB but the benefits aren't as great as I expected.
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  4. We can't give you IA ideas, sorry. That you must come up with on your own as you're the one receiving the grade for it. Hint: Think of (or Google) factors that would affect heart rate/respiration.
  5. Unfortunately I didn't have as good of a TOK experience as Capt'n Marth, due to a few factors: one being the lack of time we had with the course, two being my own attitude towards it. What my school did is leave the TOK course until February of the last year of IB, and all the TOK assessments were due to the IB in the next month. We had about 3 days of lessons where we learned about the different ways of knowing, areas of knowledge, etc. and the rest of the time was given to us to work on our essays/presentations. You would think that this is enough time to finish everything in class (and it probably was) but when you're around a bunch of your classmates in a group, not much work really gets done and you end up doing most of it at home/outside of class anyways... We didn't have any discussions in class or do any work except the essay/presentation, which I think was a downfall because people would have benefitted more from those instead of work periods for the essay, which were mostly wasted. You get to hear viewpoints other than your own which can make you question yourself at times...but this is good as it forces you to think. The lessons we had didn't really help with the essay...fortunately we had a textbook for TOK. Reading through it really helped me understand what on earth was going on and it seriously saved my grade. Also, this website helped me gather some ideas for my essay, and a couple of people on this site as well. Basically, if your teacher doesn't teach you what you need to know, turn to your other resources; they make a difference. My own attitude towards TOK was bad, I basically thought it was a waste of time and I used many of my work periods to either chat with people or work on stuff from other classes. If I took TOK more seriously, I would have gotten more out of it, as I don't remember much of it now. Take TOK (at least kind of) seriously and you'll get more out of it for yourself than simply a good presentation/essay grade. What I found is that TOK isn't really teaching you anything new, it just helps you see what you already know in a new way. It's a course for your own day-to-day thought process.
  6. Don't really have a top 5 since I usually just listen to whatever I'm in the mood for, but here's a great French song:
  7. Here are some topic examples from IBS users: http://www.ibsurvival.com/topic/4726-what-was-your-iop-topic/
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  9. If IB is bringing down your marks that far, then I would seriously consider dropping IB. An 80 average is OK I guess but not enough to get into a lot of good programs. At the end of the day, a lot of unis don't even care if you did the IB or not; they look at your percentage grades so that they can compare you to the non-IB applicants and they may not even look at your IB grades at all. A 90 average should get you into most places, and if it means dropping the IB to get that, then do it; it will help you so much. Not doing the IB isn't the end of the world as of course, non-IB students still get into good unis for the programs of their choice, etc. I have no idea about the GPA question.
  10. Whoa, a future Xavier kid on the forum...welcome! I just finished IB at Xavier so I can be of help to you It's hard to say if your marks are good or not because not all teachers mark the same way...especially in elementary school, you pretty much get what the teacher thinks you should get, not necessarily what you earned (or at least that was my experience). $235/month is steep for only 1.5 hours a week...just saying... A lot of people at my school went to Alliance Francaise for French (basically French classes, they have some geared specifically to pre-IB/IB) and they said it helped a lot (the people who went regularly mostly got 6/7). I don't know how much it costs though, since I didn't go there. I think your dad is right...you should just go to French class for a month or so and see how you find it. If you can manage 85+ in grade 9 French, you probably don't need a tutor. Even 80 is not bad. If you want to improve your speaking, just participate in class. Try to answer questions when the teacher takes up homework. And actually do the homework! If you want to do well in IB French, it's important you have a good basic knowledge of French, which starts in grade 9/10. Make sure you can conjugate verbs well (ie without using a Bescherelle/verb dictionary) in present, imparfait, and passe compose at least because it will make your life so much easier in grade 11. Also picking up vocab is important too; nothing fancy but enough to string together basic sentences and have a simple conversation is a good idea. Of course it doesn't hurt to pick up extra vocab though. If you make any friends who did extended French/French immersion, they can be pretty helpful too
  11. The best way to know if you like something or not is to try it! Volunteer or get a job in an area you think you may be interested in and see how you like it. As for myself, hopefully I'll be a researcher. If I hate that, then med school it is... Or if that fails too, I'll open my own massage therapy clinic. I also want to increase my proficiency in French cause I don't want to have spent all this time trying to learn it and then never use it in my job/in life. Increase proficiency in my mother tongue and in other languages would be great too, but I'll focus on French for now. Get married (LOL if that ever happens) and have some hopefully-not-annoying-brat kids. Live life. Die a happy lady.
  12. If you've seen that they have enough in common already in terms of themes, then The Color Purple and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings should be sufficient.
  13. They seem like good books to choose; not overpopular but not totally unheard of either. You should do some peripheral reading on the books (ie Google search) to see if there are any common themes/ideas to analyze for your EE...it would suck for you to spend time reading both books and then realize that there's really nothing to compare/contrast.
  14. Yeah, sometimes rankings aren't the most important thing in the world Yes, apply for scholarships Two colleges that give good scholarships are University College and Victoria College, so consider that when choosing your colleges since they all offer different things. You live 5 minutes away from UofT? Wow in that case I would definitely stay at home if I were you. Some people who live in residence at UofT probably live further away from it than you do I also applied to UofT and had the option of living in residence or commuting. I was initially going to live in residence since I live about an hour away, but the residences at the college I applied to were honestly not worth paying $10,000 a year for (for residence and meal plan). I decided then that if I was going to go to UofT, I would commute. So honestly if you live that close to UofT, you should commute there if you choose to go there, in my opinion. You save a lot of money and you're not even that far away, so you don't have to worry about long commutes eating up a lot of your time. About adjusting to residence life, everyone has to adjust to living in residence when they go away, because most people have never been away from home for that long before. Even if you live at home in university, you will eventually leave home and start living on your own, so at some point in life you'll have to learn how to live independently. It's bound to come sooner or later (unless you want to live with your parents for the rest of your life) Yeah UofT had a bad aura at my school as well because it's nearby and its reputed difficulty, but honestly I don't think UofT is a bad school; it's a nice place. Good reputation, good programs, vibrant city.
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