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dxsxnchxntxd last won the day on July 20 2018

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  1. no, that's an internal deadline set by your school: whilst your ee coordinator may not be happy about it, the actual IB doesn't need anything submitted til sometime in 2019
  2. everyone in my class did both their FOAs alone, as with everyone's hectic schedules it proved to be easier than finding times when they could work with someone else, and it also avoids the issue of some people liking things done v early vs leaving til the last minute etc. however i'm sure doing it in a pair would be just fine too
  3. trust me, no one will look at bio and hist HL and think you've gone for soft subjects
  4. yep, it sounds like a great experience that would tick a lot of the cas boxes
  5. I'm not really sure about the specifics of how to write a bio EE but for mine (chem) I found that looking at exemplars I found online (some even have the marksheet in the pdf) really helped as it gave me a sense of how to set things out and what I should be aiming for by the end. If you're doing an experiment - based one, start out by writing it up IA-style and then you can expand to weave in your lit research and make it sound a bit more like an 'academic essay' overall. In terms of topic, simple is good! The IB are looking for something in which your personal input and understanding really shine through, and something relatively simple is a good way of doing this (if it helps, mine is literally based on a SL chem practical that I've expanded and adapted in a couple of different ways). Also, science EEs tend to be hard to score well on, so make sure you don't throw away any 'easy' marks (e.g. make sure presentation + formatting are good and your reflections are 'ib style': every mark counts!) Sorry if that was a bit too general but hope it was at least somewhat helpful aha
  6. There are a couple of completely new bits (e.g. AHL parts of options) but other than that they tend to be extensions of the core content (although new concepts are introduced as part of those extensions)
  7. biology hl is one of the most content heavy subjects so it'll be a lot to catch up on, BUT in a sense it's one of the easiest to catch up on because so much of it is just straight up rote learning: it'll take a lot of time and effort, but if you think it's better than physics or music overall, it's definitely worth it.
  8. just check with the universities you're interested in applying to - they should either list it on their website, or you can call them and see what they think with regards to maths studies. In general, I'd say if you're really struggling with maths SL and it's impacting the time you spend on other subjects or would be detrimental to your overall score, it's better to drop down to studies and do well. however, if you think it's realistic that with a bit more focused effort you can bring up your maths sl grade without taking away from your other subjects, then it's a bonus to have sl over studies
  9. I'd say that because its an SL, it doesn't really matter - French will be useful in terms of knowing another language but you'd also pick up equally important skills from history or psych. My advice would be to do whichever you think you'll enjoy most , as that's the subject you'll get the most out of (and probably also the one you'd do best in)
  10. my teacher told us that explicit historiography wasn't necessary: what the IB wants is an appreciation an explanation of different perspectives (i.e. you don't have to memorise a bunch of historians' names; it's enough to just say 'revisionist/orthodox interpretations' etc). I usually try to get it in either when I introduce a paragraph, e.g. if i'm weighing up factors i might be like 'revisionist historians may argue that x was the most important' or stick it towards the end of a paragraph with a line that says 'this fits with the orthodox interpretation that ...'. However, at the end of the day it really doesn't matter how you get it in there, just that you show the IB that you're aware of different interpretations and historical opinions existing - at least that's what we've been told!
  11. universities tend to prefer maths SL, but if it's a question of almost failing SL maths as opposed to doing well in maths studies, I'd say drop to studies. I'd double check uni requirements for the courses you're interested in as maths could be useful (especially in design) but if you don't think you'll be able to pull up your SL grades going to studies is probably your best option (but don't stress about it, plenty of people take studies and have no problems getting into university to do the courses they want )
  12. bio's not too bad in that there's a lot of stuff that you can essentially learn on your own if necessary - i'd recommend your biology textbook (the oxford one is really good if you have that) and also http://ib.bioninja.com.au/ which covers every chapter really well. if you can learn the content and have a solid understanding of the various concepts /how the ib wants you to answer their questions (think markschemes) you'll be well on your way to a 7 in SL bio :)
  13. definitely!! i won't lie; ib is a lot of work, but it's not so crazy that you don't have time for anything else, especially if you manage it well - there are people at my school who are national level athletes (so train every spare moment) and they're still managing to mostly keep on top of the work. It only gets to be really too much if you put lots of things off til the last minute, otherwise you'll be absolutely fine and have plenty of time to also enjoy with your friends
  14. It'll be fine as long as it's original, so you have a new take on the topic in some way - of course you'll have similar ideas to the ones already done, but as long as you have originality in there it can be a perfectly fine ee no matter how many others have done it!
  15. I know you can't really be like 'lol forget what my parents say I'm just going to do Bio because I enjoy it' but honestly doing subjects you don't like is a dead end in itself - especially when the subject concerned is HL physics, which, as you say, is really difficult. You say bio is practically 'shameful' to your parents, but honestly it would be better getting a 7 in HL bio because you loved it and were able to put in the work to do well, than a 5 in Physics because your heart wasn't really in it. (And I know its easy to say 'well it doesn't matter if I like it or not; i'll just suck it up and get on with it and study hard' - true, that's possible, but when all the other IB stuff kicks in (IAs, EE, TOK etc) that'll become harder and harder and just make you miserable for no reason, which will inevitably make it harder to do well) I'm not trying to say 'ignore your parents' advice' but at the end of the day, it's your life and what's most important is you doing things that'll allow you to be happy in the future - and if that's not being an engineer, then it just isn't and that's okay. There are plenty of careers for chem/bio and although they may not be as 'prestigious' as engineering or medicine, if you enjoy what you're doing that's all that matters. Plus, you've already compromised by agreeing to go into the sciences, so it's only fair that you get to pick your own subjects. good luck! hope that you're happy in whatever you end up doing and manage to work it out with your parents
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