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  1. Done! I think it's pretty cool that you're doing an EE on games. Good luck with your data collection!
  2. Also done! Interesting topic you have there. Good luck with the rest of your data collection!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. Just wanted to say that your blog is fantastic! The posts are really thorough, and they provide lots of useful information that I can refer back to once I start the DP in a few weeks. Especially the post explaining EEs, though while I think it's still a bit too early for me to start worrying about it, your blog has helped me better understand how the Extended Essay works more than anything else I've read so far. I'll leave the blog bookmarked-- can't wait to see more posts in the future!
  8. I agree with kw0573 in that folders are more convenient, and while I personally prefer them over binders, I think you should just stick with whatever you used prior to the IB-- as long as it has worked for you and helped with whatever you needed to organize. Everybody is different, so just use whatever works for you! ^^ My pencil case tends to be over-stuffed with a plethora of things like lead pencils, lead, erasers, all sorts of colored pens and highlighters, white out, glue, scissors... but just the basics of having a few pens, pencils, lead (for lead pencils), an eraser, and one highlighter should be alright!
  9. Hello! I'd asked this question to my math HL teacher a while ago, and she said she recommended the TI 84 Plus, TI 84 Plus C, or TI 84 Plus CE. Personally, I ended up going with the TI 84 Plus CE, because it seems to be the newest model in the TI 84 series, but the other ones work just fine if you don't have a large enough budget to get the CE. I previously owned the TI nspire non-CAS, but I found it much more difficult to use than the TI 84 because the buttons were very unfamiliar to me and took a while to learn. I used this scientific calculator (https://education.ti.com/en/products/calculators/scientific-calculators/ti-30x-iis) in the past, and I found that the TI 84 has similar buttons and is very easy to master having had the experience of using that TI scientific calculator. While the nspire seems fancier, I think getting any one of the TI 84 calculators would be the best option-- maybe the Plus CE if you can? Teachers would generally be more familiar with the TI 83 or 84, as the nspire is still rather new. My non-IB math teachers in the past had trouble using the nspire when I had it and needed help graphing something, for instance. Hope this helps, and best of luck!
  10. I see, thank you so much for your comprehensive answer! I appreciate it a lot, and it most definitely helps. I think I'll be sticking with my HLs despite the difficulty, becuase unfortunately I'm not as interested in any of my SL classes enough to bring them up to HL instead. I guess I'll see once I start the IB in a couple of weeks though, haha. Thanks again!
  11. Hello, everyone! I'm planning on taking Math, Chemistry, and Physics for my HL courses, but I feel a bit lost as to what I want to pursue as a career after university and such. Out of the three subjects, I'm very interested in math (more so than the other two subjects), so at some point, I considered being a math teacher when I'm older, but other people have also suggested that engineering could also be a reasonable choice for me. There are so many types of engineering though, and I don't really know the difference between them. I don't know what I should be doing. So, I just wanted to ask which careers the combination of math/chemistry/physics HL would be useful for? I apologize if this question seems a bit vague, or if this is posted in the wrong section. Thank you for your time!
  12. Also done! Good luck with your IA.
  13. Since this seems like a very specific question that only applies to the secondary school you're talking about, I'm not sure if there will be anyone that can answer these questions in time for your exam. Would it be possible to ask the school about what kind of test it will be? I think it'd be more reliable to have the information directly rather than relying on others, especially when the answers seem so varied? If you're really intent on studying, and you want to feel super prepared, perhaps you can just study the subjects you aren't doing as well in? If it ends up being on the exam, great-- if not, it's good practice anyways. E is the highest rating, so I mean, that speaks for itself. Your work habits are probably fine. Maybe you can study French then, if you know that it could be on the exam. Again, I feel like it's best to ask and clarify with the school if you can. I don't think I can be of much help, but I wish you all the best! Try not to fret too much over it, I'm sure you'll do fine with all of this studying you've planned.
  14. Additionally, if you're really worried about your Physics 11 mark affecting your transcript, you can always retake the class for a better mark. I'm not sure how transcripts in Ontario work, but this is under the assumption that they're more or less the same across Canada. Many students at my school, for example, will retake courses that they didn't score too well in for the sake of bettering their transcript. However, it's your IB scores that matter the most, so I think you should (hopefully) be fine if you do well in everything else, since physics won't be a pre-requisite to whatever you're applying for. Good luck!!
  15. Yes, but keep in mind that the OP is from Italy, so presumably they wouldn't have to write a French assessment. Anyways, by now they definitely would've written their exam. Hopefully everything went well!

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