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  1. Hello! Technically, you can write your Extended Essay in a subject that you aren't taking, as IB doesn't have a rule against it. However, it might be heavily discouraged or not even allowed depending on your school. For example, at my school, EE subjects were only limited to whichever courses a student was taking since the coordinator was worried that we wouldn't have sufficient knowledge of the subject in terms of what IB is looking for. Getting an 'A' on the EE is already a feat in and of itself, and even more so if it's not done in an exam subject. In my opinion, it would be easier to obtain a better score by writing your EE in a subject that you're both interested in and actually taking. To my knowledge, EE's shouldn't be interdisciplinary and should only focus on one subject, so combining ITGS with a different subject wouldn't be advised. Contrary to what MoeU stated above, I don't think that languages or history are necessarily "easy" EE subjects, as level of difficulty is subjective. The most suitable subjects are what you'll be most intrigued and motivated by. Out of ITGs and economics, I'd choose economics if I were in your shoes solely because it's a course you're enrolled in, but take this advice with a grain of salt. Maybe you can consult your teacher(s) if you haven't already, they might have some good advice for you too. Good luck!
  2. Hello! I don't think I can definitively give you an answer specific to CS as I don't personally take the course, but generally your final grade should be based on the May exams as well as the IA. Your predicted mark might influence university applications if you're applying, though. IB will moderate a sample of the highest scoring, middle scoring, and lowest scoring IAs, but I don't know the exact number off the top of my head for a class of 7. So, your mark may rise, stay the same, or drop if yours is sent off to IB (well, I suppose it can't go down if your teacher really does give you a 1, but that sounds strange to me especially if you did the IA and fulfilled the requirements?) -- and the entire class may have their marks moderated up or down based on the ones that get sent off to IB as well. I hope everything works out for you!
  3. Hello! I think I tried to answer this on the main page of this website but I figured I'd give you an answer here as well! So, at my school, there's a teacher in charge of managing EE submissions, and on the teacher's page of the IBIS / eCoursework portal teachers can either accept or reject the submission. I would assume that it'd be similar for you too? Students can't change their uploaded file if they already confirmed and submitted it, so it's up to the teacher. If you do know who to ask, just explain the situation to them and they can easily reject your essay submission for you to reupload and so that they can approve it properly. If not, I would try asking your EE supervisor or perhaps your IB coordinator to see if they have an idea. I hope this helps, this is all I know about using the portal. Good luck!
  4. I felt exactly the same as you do right now in the first year of IB. I didn't fundamentally understand TOK. I was one of the students who participated in class the least because of what I assumed to be my lack of understanding and I also felt really bad during group presentations because of that, too. To some extent, I still feel the same now. Contrary to Certified_IB_Cultist, TOK spans for both years of IB at my school, so I'm not sure how it's structured for you. However, I can say that by year 2 of IB, TOK seems to have gotten better over time? Maybe things will start connecting and clicking together down the road, I'd say to give it a bit more time and wait it out. As long as you're putting in your best effort, I don't think anybody can blame you, honestly. Everybody has their strengths and weaknesses, and it just so happens that TOK isn't one of ours. I do believe that the teacher makes all the difference, though, in how they approach teaching the TOK concepts. Even if I'm not particularly good at the subject, I do find that some of the material taught in TOK is pretty interesting to listen to. If you're faring well in your other IB classes, I don't think that you should drop the program entirely just because of TOK. You mentioned having friends in the class—maybe you could ask them for some help? I know it may seem really frustrating right now, but have faith that it'll (hopefully) get better. I'm sorry I don't have any better advice to give, but the least I can do is to wish you all the best!
  5. Time management is key! It's probably one of the most important, if not the most important thing to keep in mind to be successful. If you can, try to start your assignments as early as possible so deadlines don't pile up. For example, many people in my English Literature class definitely struggle with time management, and many of us stayed up (with a few not sleeping at all) trying to annotate a book last-minute, as it was due the next morning. The more you procrastinate, the less sleep you'll end up getting, and I really do think that pulling an all-nighter would be less than ideal (especially when it can be prevented by starting homework early). You should try to stay on top of things so you end up getting sufficient sleep each night, because it'll be even more difficult to stay focused in-class without sleep. Also, use your agenda! To be honest, I've never used an agenda to keep track of things until I got into IB, just because I know that I wouldn't be able to remember the specific dates of each and every little assignment when there are so many of them. Use it to your advantage to keep organized-- it'll be easier to see which deadlines are coming up to prioritize, and approximate how much time it'll take so you have a better idea when planning your time. Keep in mind that IB is a two year program, and that it's understandable if your marks aren't as high as you'd hoped--it takes time to adjust to the nature of the program, after all! You have plenty of time to learn and improve. Hopefully IB won't stress you out too much, and I wish you all the best!
  6. Sorry if I'm wrong, but it seems like you're using ESS as your group 4 subject? Since you have Business Management for group 3, would it actually be possible to switch into Psychology as it's also another group 3 subject rather than a group 4? I'm also about 10 weeks into year one, and one of my friends wanted to swap her subjects. She had a similar experience to you in that our IB coordinator also discouraged changing courses so late, and as of now, she hasn't changed of her courses. Maybe it's just best to see what your IB coordinator replies to your dad with, and go on from there? Anyways, good luck!
  7. I feel like the requirement of taking at least one course in every group (well, excluding group 6) is for the sake of building more well-rounded individuals. It's natural to have courses that you're strong in, and courses that you struggle with. If you really want to take three sciences, you could perhaps consider taking the third science as an elective, if time permits? Just something I wanted to mention for you to think about. Unfortunately, I don't know any university courses that match your requirements. Good luck with your search! ^^
  8. Hey, I'm another first year IB student here. Honestly, I can relate in that I've considered dropping out of the program within the first few weeks of the program, but I keep telling myself that I should stick with it longer to get a better idea of what IB really entails. I'm rooting for you guys! You can do it. :') Stress can be a good thing, but being overly stressed definitely isn't great. Thinking of the accomplishment of (hopefully) getting the diploma, as well as the challenge in the program itself is my motivation to keep going, haha. You're the best judge of whether or not you should drop out, so if there is any part of you that feels inclined to stay, I would say to just stick with IB for a while longer. Before you know it, two years might just fly by and you'll be graduating! And vice-versa, if you genuinely can't stand the program anymore, and feel nothing but misery, then do what's best for you. :'D I'm not sure how different the curriculum is in the United States, but for me in Canada, I've been told that there are some things in the Canadian curriculum that do not apply to IB, and vice-versa (since IB is an international curriculum, after all), so there may be differences when trying to catch up in the normal class. However, take my words with a grain of salt because I'm not certain to what extent the curricula differ. I think the best solution is to ask your school counselor or IB coordinator about this. As for the IOP, my English Literature teacher has stated that they are worth 15% of your overall IB grade. Even if you fail your IOP, the external exams in May 2020 are going to be worth the most. Keep in mind that you also have your IOC (Individual Oral Commentary) as a second chance to maybe bring up your mark if you didn't do so well on your IOP. At my school, the IOC is done in the second year of the program--not sure about how it works in your school! I suck at public speaking, too. I was honestly so shocked to be bombarded with the IOP, as I had to do mine a month after IB started. Yes, your presentation should include analysis of the topic you've chosen in the text you're studying, but do the best you can. I mean, it's probably your first big presentation in IB, so you still have plenty of time to learn. If you're presenting your IOP in a week, I would suggest that you should finish writing it if you haven't already, since if you're like me and need the time to fully memorize the speech, it'll be best to allow yourself a few days just for memorizing (especially when it's such a long presentation!). It'll feel a lot better once you get it over with, so look forward to that! I wish you the best of luck with your IOP and IB in general, I hope we all survive! ^^
  9. Completed! Wow, great job editing all of those photos. Admittedly, I did have trouble choosing between the pictures-- it was pretty difficult for me to decide, haha. I hope you get enough responses for your IA!
  10. Done! I think it's pretty cool that you're doing an EE on games. Good luck with your data collection!
  11. Also done! Interesting topic you have there. Good luck with the rest of your data collection!
  12. Yes, from what I've read, ESS seems to be considered one of the easier/easiest sciences to take. It's also addressed in this thread: I don't think the science you end up taking would matter too much if you're pursuing music/business, since they don't really relate to the sciences, but you could maybe double check with the universities that you're interested in to see if they have any specific science requirements for music/business. Good luck!
  13. Currently reading/will be reading... Macbeth Antigone The Reader Arcadia Chronicle of a Death Foretold One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Personally, I find it difficult to understand the Shakespearean language and old English in general, so Macbeth and Antigone are a bit of a struggle right now. I've read a bit of The Reader and think that it's pretty good so far, however.
  14. In super simple terms, the EE (Extended Essay) is a mandatory 4,000-word research essay that can be done on any of your IB subjects. I've found that this blog written by @LangLitProf does a really great job in explaining the EE in-depth, and what you might need to know about it. (Link: https://medium.com/@drewsparkman/the-extended-essay-basic-information-and-creating-a-focused-topic-80d6b4df7468) I believe that somebody has already asked about IAs before, so I'll also leave the link here: As for the Group 4 project, I'm not entirely sure (truthfully, I have two more weeks til the IB starts), and I haven't heard all that much about it either, but all I know about it is that it's some sort of science project/investigation that you have to do for your science class(es), assuming that you're taking one.
  15. No problem, happy to hear that I could help! ^^ I realize that your question has already been answered, but I'll also vouch for Amazon, because I do think that your best bet would be buying from them if these calculators aren't as accessible where you live. And yes, the calculator-buying struggle is real! Because I live in Canada, there are a few stores where I can physically purchase and pick-up graphing calculators, so using an online store wasn't completely necessary in my case. However, when I cross-referenced the prices with Amazon (at the time, I was also considering buying mine online), I found that Amazon prices were actually a bit cheaper than the in-store price, but I just ended up buying mine in-person because I was too impatient to wait for shipping lol. So yes, I agree with Gaby-- Amazon is great! While I've never purchased any calculators from Amazon, I have bought other school supplies from them, and everything seemed to go smoothly-- I hope the same goes for your calculator purchase!
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