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elmar last won the day on March 25 2011

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  1. elmar

    College Websites

    Does anyone know any other college websites? So far, I've used College Confidential [not the best source of information, if you ask me] and this new one The Collegiate Blog, but I'm looking for one that I can read reviews of the school, preferably from other students?
  2. I do not have any experience as an international applicant for U.S. schools (I live in the U.S), so take my advice with that in mind: When I was applying to Vassar College, there was a "Your Space" available on the application - basically, you could put anything in there. I put an excerpt from my Extended Essay. My main reasoning was: No one wanted to read my whole essay (approximately 3 700 words) except my adviser and the IB examiner. And my adviser didn't even read the whole essay, I think. Regardless, there are many, many, many students (both internationally and domestically) that are applying to the same colleges and universities you are. When you think about all the reading they have to do - they even have to read the applicant's basic info, such as name, address, location, etc. - that's a lot of reading! So, I decided I would only send an excerpt to make sure they both read it and were not overwhelmed. It was just a paragraph or two. My logic for even sending it in the first place was because my Extended Essay topic (French Revolution) fit what I want to study in college (French). I was also to demonstrate my passion for academics, especially the one I planned to study at Vassar. I think this is a very important fact to consider. If you're going to study economics, why would you submit a 10-page essay on the Mexican Revolution (unless it had to do with the economic reasons for the Revolution ). I would just keep this in mind when applying to anything where you can send supplementary items. Much like a job, you wouldn't send 4 letters of recommendation if they ask for a resume and a cover letter.
  3. This is incredibly vague, but I was wondering if anyone had any list of the general topics one would need to study to score high. I really have no idea what to study and my teacher smartly says, "everything!" every time I ask her. Specifically, I would like to look at topics that typically appear on paper 2s, because I know there are different questions under different categories. I'm just so confused/lost because there's no way I'll be able to memorize everything from my teacher's unorganized notes. Thanks!
  4. John Knowles's A Separate Peace.
  5. So, to answer your question, everything will be on the 2012 Biology exam.
  6. Just curious - will you be uploading the link soon?
  7. elmar

    Choosing your Options for Biology

    Going with what many of you guys said, I decided to choose Options E (Behaviour) and G (Ecology). My teacher taught Options D and G. After discussing it with him, he suggested I do Option G since I seemed to understand it well (and somewhat was interested in it). Since I did badly on Option D in class, it would be the same as choosing any other option. After telling him I was interested in Option E, and knew some of it from AP Psychology, he said it might be better. Regardless, I'm interested in both of my options and they're not going to kill me! Thanks everyone.
  8. elmar

    Flash animation?

    This is a big topic for me in particular. I already submitted my pieces for HLA and I was able to show both the video in totality in both the record book and in my investigative workbook. It took time and effort, and I even included a copy of the artwork in my actual book so the examiners can watch the video if they choose to. My teacher had no objections to it; he even encouraged it. He may have been wrong, though... Nevertheless, I would advise anyone: you could at least try it, if you're interested. Regardless if there is another subject strictly for videos (I mean, there's Film already...), you would be able to at least expand your artworks by including one more different medium. And, when it comes to your IWB and your interview, you could show ample research on how you agree that visual arts does include film. It is visual, and it could well be considered an art form. I've documented my journey through it, and even interviewed local documentary film makers. I'm not trying to derail Julie's opinion - she is incredibly more well-versed in Visual Arts than I am. Yet, for people who are curious, both those who posted above and those who haven't, I would suggest making one or maybe two videos just to get your feet wet, but, by no means should you make your entire studio work all videos. Visual Arts isn't all about work; it includes fun, too!
  9. I'm sure this has been answered numerous times, but I just can't find it in the search bar, so... Are you allowed to choose your own options for the examination? My teacher selected 2 that he assumed were the easiest, and while I may agree, I want to challenge myself, and perhaps even enjoy learning about something else (I don't know why, but human physiology is so interesting)! If it is possible and I do end up studying, let's say, Option H, does the teacher/IB coordinator have to approve of it before the exam? It'd be such a hassle to do that, and I can only imagine the scene both of them would pull for my wanting to be just a bit different.
  10. elmar

    US Advanced Placement (AP Classes)

    I I wouldn't say it's easier... just different. I did better on the ACT, but I know many people who performed much worse than their SAT testing. I would recommend anybody take both.
  11. elmar

    Choosing Your IWB Pages

    Ah, I was lucky enough to have a friend who had a spare copy of the syllabus on hand with my teacher's notes. If I were you, I would pull up the syllabus and read over the criteria. Since you're taking Option B, that means your IWB pages are being moderated by the IBO, meaning they better be pretty amazing (not that they shouldn't if your teacher was grading them - but still... it's the IBO). Again, just read over the criteria (the part that mentions culture/technique/etc.) and find pages that match the areas. If you get pages that match up all 8 criterion, then that's even better. I felt so relieved when I found this out, so please feel free to ask if you have any more questions or concerns. Good luck!
  12. elmar

    Choosing Your IWB Pages

    I am confused by the rubric and previous examples that I've seen regarding IWB page selection for the Internal Assessment. Does anyone have any concrete method or decision in how they chose their pages?
  13. elmar

    Visual Art IWB pages

    My instructor insists that we do, but be cautious. Decorating a page with a simple paint or being creative fulfills the "presentation of work and critical thinking" rubric for the IWB, but making it illegible by making the background too distracting would do more harm than good. Happy researching!
  14. elmar

    Choosing IB Subjects

    I'm just going to organize your list by group so we can both see it more visually. If you wanted to go the architecture route... Group 1: English SL Group 2: Spanish ab initio (SL) Group 3: History HL or Economics HL Group 4: Physics SL Group 5: Math HL Group 6: Visual Arts HL Alright, that doesn't look too bad. I know students in my school who are taking the above courses, except they are taking the English HL course but plan to take the English SL examinations. If you're looking more towards architecture, I would definitely recommend the above schedule because you have your core subjects set at varying levels, but not that you're killing yourself (such as, taking Physics, Math, and Chem at HL). Now, for political science? I'm planning on studying that subject in the future, so you can use my subjects as a reference. But you would be taking these courses, correct? Group 1: English SL Group 2: Spanish ab initio (SL) Group 3: History HL Group 4: Biology SL Group 5: Math HL Group 6: Economics HL As you can see, you will have an easier course load if you take the second route over the first. Granted, you will still have Math HL, but if you seem interested in taking Math HL, it might be worth the work. Again, it comes down to what you want to study. My recommendation is to speak with teachers in the subjects you are interested in, ask your IB Coordinator, and even begin to look the standards of the universities you would like to study at. I know many schools, especially those outside of the United States, require applicants to choose IB subjects that will allow them to build on their knowledge once they attend university. Knowing that architecture is a very structured subject, many colleges and universities require students who plan to study architecture take a certain course at a certain level and get a certain score. My best advice? Go with the first schedule (the Visual Arts HL/Math HL/History HL). That way, you can learn the skills necessary to study architecture at the higher level, yet still allow some leg room to change into politics if need be. Good luck!

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