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  1. Two HL sciences is difficult. But if it is any encouragement, many of the options of Chem HL are biologically oriented-especially human biochem, environmental chem, and to an extent medecines and drugs. At my school the Bio kids in Chem HL almost without exception do better on paper three than everyone else. Just be warned, and this may sound repetitive, but doing two HL sciences is a massive amount of work in comparison to say, an HL language A1 or History class. Im not gonna repeat what everyone else is saying, but that's my two cents.
  2. Lol, you're not reactionary; I thought your statement was. I should have been paying more attention, however. I started writing my original response to the other person while you were writing your first post. I didn't look, and I made myself look rather foolish as a result. But the waiting schtick is probably best. There's a reason the police on the east coast are on high alert at the moment. In regards to the Al Qaeda stuff-terrorism definitely is amorphous at this point. Osama was a symbol. I just hope they don't get another one.
  3. heh, I think my sleepy contentions are more than slightly effected by outside factors. Didn't see it as a condemnation though-more of a reactionary statement-which I can never really resist having fun with. I will not offer any more substance to this matter until after my testing over the next three weeks. There is no point.
  4. Evidence suggests that the American started the firefight...so really it's not all that great. I agree with your casualty rhetoric, however. The so called "gut reaction" is a reason to not have put him on trial...and my country is so hypocritical that to cite our "founding principles" is hogwash. Our country was designed on slavery and it was founded on the killing and displacement of natives. The American way is not usually morally right, or simple. I am not trying to incite, and on an international forum I would lose by press gang.
  5. Historical fiction is a vague category. If you want to be techincal then the Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden isn't half bad. A broader interpretation would certainly have to include The Three Musketeers and War and Peace. While the plot of War and Peace definitely did not happen, a lot of it is based off of historical accounts.
  6. Last year a dude in my class had a small stroke (or at least that's what the doctor suspected) and still had to take his spanish sl exam...when it comes to reprieves those people suck
  7. They don't necessarily value IB less than AP. In fact IB is generally considered la creme de la creme-generally they think it's better, if implemented correctly. In the U.S, a lot of IB schools are downright horrible-in fact, I go to one. Universities know this, and will discriminate appropriately. AP schools are on average better executed than IB schools in the U.S. SO even though they are a helluva lot easier, they can be better. Universities know which ones are good and which ones aren't. I think your strategy is good (applying to all of them), but it will be costly-application fees are steep. I was denied from Princeton/Harvard, but got into some other awesome schools so I am happy-the strategy works.
  8. I had the exact same idea
  9. All lies. I also thought it meant a free pass to second year university, but it doesn't. Some university may count your credits for enough to skip a year, but most don't. Plus you need to get really good grades to even qualify for these credits. I wouldn't know, but supposedly university is way way easier than IB. It's excessive difficulty serves no purpose but to make you miserable. It doesn't increase your knowledge at all. Not only won't you remember anything from high school once you enter "the real world", but anything that IB kids do that normal kids don't do will simply be repeated in the first year of university that you won't have enough credits to skip. Have a good day! I think this is... an unfair account to say the least. I disagree. But to answer the questions of the original poster, I think it really depends on you. Are you willing to put in the work? The study hours, the test prep, and the hour spent thinking on how to tackle the TOK essay? It is daunting, but I do think the end results are rewarding. They already have been for me. You do get college credits, depending on the school you go to. UC's require fives. Ivies, usually sevens. CSU's, fours.
  10. I feel like I got to this thread a little late. But if you are gutsy and have time to do a little extra research, someone could do a design lab on electroplating. You could set up a plating bath and measure the effects of numerous variables on the rate of deposition. For example, kinetic theory predicts that the higher the temp, the higher the rate. Or you could even talk about how the charge value (what Drake meantions) affects the rate. heh, I hope this was not generic.
  11. I think Daedalus mentioned it but the Ivies are a lottery... But in order to be considered for the lottery you generally need to have test scores in the 2200 range (97th percentile or higher would be nice), high IB scores (not necessarily a 40/45, just high enough to make you stand out from the rest of the people at your school), and decent subject tests (700+ is essential). There are exceptions, however. If you are a stand out in one particular field, say, for example, science, and have demonstrated unusual skill at an early age (like maybe published something in an academic journal), then in that case poor scores may be excused. Case in point: A student from my school with an 1800 SAT and 24/45 on IB was accepted to quite a few Ivies (waitlisted at Harvard, however), and is now enjoying a free ride scholarship at Stanford. He won a national essay contest and was the head of an international debate team. These tend to be exceptions, however. Also of note, a 2100 on the SAT is good, but the higher the better (there are a lot of students with 2100+). With extra curriculars just do what you love, and make it show. Lastly, don't let rumors fool you! I don't know if anyone mentioned it but do not write a sob story on the essay...you probably will get denied just for that. Hope this helps a bit!
  12. No fair! You knew the answer... NP doesn't like chocolate!
  13. Yeah, I would contribute. Sounds like a nifty idea Most of my contributions would be for sciences and history-my language notes would probably help no one!!!
  14. Now there's a question! There are multiple avenues to success here. Some people are not compatible with all methods, so it's essential that you discover for yourself what is the best way for you. Revision and review are necessary for success. In chemistry, notes are your best friend. Even if it is just standard level stuff, your lecture notes are extremely beneficial. You may want to just reread them over and over again. This is a simple way to review the material. I would consider making attempts to solve mock questions, and if you can, perhaps taking some mock exams. You should be able to get some of these from your teacher. If not, look online. If you want to purchase a VIP subscription, you can also download test matter off of IBS. Practice questions that mimic the actual exam material are awesome because they give you a feel for what you have to know and how you need to apply it. If you are priviledged enough to own a textbook that goes over the subject criteria and the Chem SL curriculum, I would read it day and night! Most textbooks are decent, so if you have a detailed grasp of their subject matter, the exam will be much easier. I would suggest annotating it, and possibly even outlining it in your own words (if you have time). What's more, a standard IB textbook should have past exam questions, which can be solved for extra practice! Some methods that you could use to enhance your studying/learning capabilities include: A. If you are a social person who likes to bounce ideas around with others, study groups can be beneficial. B. I like to just sit and reflect upon what I've learned. That way I can analyze it better, and make connections to other areas of the core curriculum-it's really helpful for me. C. Try and teach others. Teaching is the most effective means of learning...sounds odd, but instructing people enhances and fortifies your knowledge. The keys to doing well are revision-as much as possible, and mock questions-as much as you have time for. The way you do so depends on you. There's no set formula for success, but, generally, you should be doing something productive for the class every day. Hope this helps. Cheers.
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