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  1. So this is my first year of the IB. I chose Maths SL despite having really good marks in prior math classes. The first half of the year, I also did really well. However, I am on the verge of getting a below minimum mark, low enough not to get credit for the second half of the class. Within the syllabus, we are on vectors right now and also just started trigonometry. These two topics, mainly vectors, just break my mind. I have tried and spent hours on homework and to memorize everything. However, I continue to simply put. Fail. I just don't know what to do. I either do really well, or fail outright on tests. I am also outright terrified of the upcoming stats and probably too. Does anyone have any advice as to what I should do? I already have a tutor, visit my teacher for help, read the book, etc, but nothing works.
  2. I just started the first year of the IB. Below are my classes. What is one thing I should know about some of them? Mainly is taking SL chem and Biology really hard? Eng A Lang & Lit SL Year 1 History of the Americas HL Year 1 Math SL Year 1 Biology SL Year 1 Chem SL Year 1 (May not even take the exam) Spanish AB SL (Testing this year so I can have out of the way) ToK (of course...) ____________________ And for the second year (projected)... Eng A Lang & Lit SL Year 2 History HL Year 2 Math SL Year 2 Biology HL year 2 Physics HL year 2 ToK I will be entirely finished with language B in the first year. I will not take the second year of chem. Not taking The second year of HL physics this year because of grade level restrictions. So that’s it this year. My school is odd in the sense that you take SL before HL. I’m actually going to take the second year of biology which is HL along with Physics in year 12 as my three HL subjects. I just want chem because I like science and free periods are not permitted. Also weigh in the fact that my mom has a degree in Biology and is well equipped to help out with Biology, and maybe bits of chem. It is unlikely that I will even take the external IB papers for chem. Thanks, I welcome any input.
  3. Ok, so a little bit of context before we begin. Im actually a current sophomore and upcoming diploma candidate. I do very well in all my other subjects. I get mostly A's In math (I'm in Integrated iii). I come from a STEM heavy background, and have been accelerated in both Math and Science for years now. This is why I am in the first Year of IB Physics as a sophomore. I thought that I would do very well... Nope. The first half of the year I got my first ever C in any class, Now my grades have fallen ever further. I don't know what to do. I have many sources of outside help, but I still don't get it at all. I just took a test, on Topic 6....AND I failed. Any Ideas?
  4. Since the progression through math classes at my school is stupid, I am curious to know what yours is like at your school.
  5. How should I go abou taking pre calc over the summer though?
  6. Yes, I plan to study something that is very math related like Physics or computer science.
  7. Sorry, I was not very clear here. I am a sophomore at the moment. I am in Algebra 2 right now. Here is How the math path to HL Math is at my school: Algebra 1 (8th Grade) Honors Geometry/Algebra 2 (9th Grade). <-- Was NOT Told I could do this until it was to late! IB Mathematics Year 1/Precalculus (10th grade) IB Mathematics Year 2 SL/AP calculus AB (11th Grade) IB Mathematics Year 3 HL/AP calculus BC (12th Grade) Now, Here's My math track: Algebra 1 (8th Grade) Honors Geometry (9th grade) Algebra 2 (10th Grade, Present time) IB Mathematics Year 1/Precalculus (11th Grade) IB Mathematics Year 2 SL/AP calculus AB (12th Grade) _____________________________________________ So, What should I do? PS: at the other IB school in my city, You take HL Math right out of algebra 2 and test in it senior year.
  8. So, I completed my first round of planing for the diploma. I tried to take HL Math, my IB Coordinator said that I can't becasue I was not In the right level of math. Lets say I want to get into a pretty selective college/university. Also, I plan to take both the Math SL exam and the AP Calculus AB exam. Anyways, here are my subjects... HIGHER LEVEL -Physics -Biology -History (my school requires it) STANDARD LEVEL -English A: Language & Literature -Spanish B -Mathematics _____________________________ will taking math SL hurt my college apps given the classes listed above? Also, I will be taking HL Physics in 11th Grade (Like I'm going to be done with it) and may continue taking physics at a highly competitive college near me. Also, here is some info you need to keep In mind: >Took Algebra 1 in middle school >Took Honors geometry 9th Grade Now, my school allows you to be in Algebra 2 while in geometry, sadly I was not told this until it was too late. I can't take any classes over the summer due to my school's curriculum. What could I do to get to HL Math? ~Thanks for advice
  9. I was wondering, since I will be completing HL Physics at the end of my junior year and really like it, Is there a class I can take after HL Physics, aka: is there such a thing as further physics like they have for math? Thanks
  10. So at the moment, I am a sophomore. I am planning for the diploma at the moment. I have a schedule worked out. I know this is subjective, but can anybody share which of the subjects I chose are/were hard for them and if possible, exactly what aspect of them was easy/hard. Also, what was your homework like in each of these classes? Spanish B SL English A language & Literature SL History HL Physics HL Math SL (Possibly switching to HL) Biology HL (Possibly switching to SL if math changed to HL) ToK (of course) Thanks for any advice.
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