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  1. Well, I am taking Swedish A1 and taking the rest of my exams in English.. I think that's the case for quite many candidates.
  2. Well, that is of course the case for non-English speaking countries, but I imagine not many British or American IB students get a bilingual diploma.
  3. Well, as I said, I'm not asking for myself (or anyone I know). I was just interested to know if it was possible. I don't speak a word Chinese, that was just a far-fetched example. And I'm also just a few months away from graduating now.. I had a friend who in IB1 was seriously considering to self-study German A1 (instead of Swedish A1). But we managed to talk her out of it, which was, seen in retrospect, something very good. I certainly never would have bee able to self-study an A1 language, knowing the work-load it means. Anyways, thanks for your reply, it was interesting nonetheless.
  4. Our teachers recommended us to do our IA on topics that could be helpful in the exams.. Just a tip.
  5. Right, thanks for the reply! Very helpful.
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    Why IB?

    Well, I think I wanted to study with people who actually want to be in school. It worked out quite well, there are a few slackers, but most people do really put an effort into their work. To be honest, I was completely ignorant of what IB was before I started. I guess I just chose what was considered the most difficult. However, I don't regret choosing IB at all. The rest of the students at my school (doing the national programme) don't seem to want to study or learn at all.
  7. I have a question not really regarding myself, but I am interested to know. Would it be possible for me to self-study a A1 language if my school does not have a teacher that speaks that language? For instance, no teacher at my school speaks Chinese, so could I self-study Chinese A1? I think there might arise a problem when it comes to the IAs.
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    I agree with Vvi. Also note how she put the question into some kind of time context. This is something I always try to do. Some essay questions could force you to come up with your own, suitable time boundaries. I found one of my old essays. The question was: [b]Assess the successes and failures of Hitler in solving Germany's economic and social problems.[/b] [i]When Hitler came to power in 1933, he was facing several problems, many inherited from the Weimar Republic. The depression in both Germany and the world had just occured, and unemployment was large in Germany. Furthermore, Germany was was on the brink of becoming bankrupt. Solving these problems were some of Hitler's main objectives.[/i] Fascinating to see how similar it is to Vvi's introduction. So what I basically do is to create some kind of natural time frame (1933 and onwards). I state a reason for the problems (inherited from Weimar Republic). I state the problems. Perhaps I should have said something about Hitler's method to solve these.. (which I cannot at all remember at the moment).
  9. Before last year's exam one student had failed - ever. My school has offered the IB eight years or so. Last year, however, seven(!) in a class of thirty failed to get their diploma.
  10. I am doing Human biochemistry with my class and will later self-study Food chemistry. I find Human Biochemistry quite difficult seeing there is a lot of biology in it (I take physics). Lots of new terms and concepts, and quite much memorization to be honest. Well, its not difficult per se, but there are a lot of new things. I am having second thoughts about self-studying food chemistry, seeing that it is a new option for this year.. Any thoughts on that? The thought of not having any P3s to practice on slightly scares me.
  11. I'm in HL, so I have done the Wave phenomena part of option A, the full quantum and nuclear physics option (B), the Digital technology part of option C and the full Astrophysics option (E). Those I think are the easiest of those two are Option C and E. Atrophysics is quite fun as well, which doesn't hurt. Aboo: There is no longer a mechanics extension.
  12. Hm, I thought you were required to read one group 2-subject. Anyway, I think I should be starting revising pretty soon. History concerns me most (lots of memorisation), but I guess I should focus on maths since that's where I need to excel. I am not sure how I will structure my revision.. In maths I think I'll just go over the topics I have forgotten. Of course I'll do loads of past exams. Here's my view my subjects at the moment: Easy subjects: Swedish A1 SL (just 3 books, no problem!) English A2 SL (6 books, but nonetheless, no problem) Physics HL (low grade boundaries ) Not-so-easy subjects: History SL Chemistry HL (fairly high grade boundaries.. shouldn't be too much of a problem though) Mathematics HL (could get nasty, especially P3)
  13. Lately, I have only been able to study when a friend of mine is around (also studying). Really strange.. Unless she studies with me, I get nothing done. I hope that will be over with when the winter break ends.
  14. Well, yes, the IB students at my school definitely are elistist. It does seem like our workload is way heavier than that of the students in the national curriculum. I wouldn't say that we show what we feel to the non-IB students (the IB students at my school keep to themselves mostly). We mostly go around moaning to each other about their easy workload. However, I think the non-IB students recognize that IB is a bit tougher than the national curriculum.
  15. Predicted grades SK: 7-7-6 (Swedish A1 SL, History SL, English A2 SL) HL: 7-7-7 (Mathematics HL, Physics HL, Chemistry HL) EE/TOK: A/B-A/B 2-3 Total: 43-44 Other qualifications (standardized test scores etc.) - UK: Oxford University (St Hugh's) - Mathematics - 39 points in total with 7 in Mathematics HL Durham University - Mathematics - acknowledged University of St. Andrews - Mathematics - 37 points in total with 6 in Mathematics HL The University of Nottingham - Mathematics - 38 points in total with 6 in Mathematics HL and 4 in English A2 SL University of Edinburgh - Mathematics - 32 points in total with 6 in Mathematics HL, 5 in Physics HL, 5 in Chemistry HL and 4 in English A2 SL Other countries: Comments: Arranged my choices in order of prefference (not sure about the lower ones...). I was quite surprised by the high offer from Nottingham.