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  1. To expound on what sweetnsimple said earlier, depending on which university you decide to attend, there will be different requirements and rules about majors (double majors) and minors. The whole "major" idea is relatively standardized across the board, but you will want to determine your general field of interest (medicine, engineering, architecture, business, history, etc.) about where you'd like to end up and you will have to select a major from there. This general field will most likely be a "college" or "school" within the university ("School of Business" or College for "Liberal Arts and Sciences"). A major should be thought of as your primary coursework that will lead to your career choice once you're done with school. A major will have required courses that you will take along with the major. At my university, most majors have about 120 credit hours of courses you must take to complete the major and graduate. A credit hour is essentially the amount of time you will physically spend in that class during any given week. Most classes are worth 1, 3, or 4 credit hours and you will take between 12 and 18 credit hours each fall/spring semester. Typically the single credit classes are introductory/career courses for first year students or a lab that goes along with a science course. I've typically found that single credit courses require more work per credit hour than most 3 credit courses, so don't try to take 3 labs at once and assume that that'll be the same time commitment as a three credit course. 3 and 4 credit classes are more or less the same, but you should spend more time on the 4 credit class than the 3 credit class. Alright, so you will probably take between 4 and six courses a semester depending on your major. If you are on a Pre-Med or Pre-Law track, then chances are you will have to schedule your classes to make sure that you will fulfill the requirements for your major and graduation as well as other coursework you will need to take for your next level of schooling. (Note: Pre-Med is a track, not a major because there is no ONE major that will get your to your professional destination.) You will need to take courses that are outside of your major coursework because you probably won't end up taking more than 2-3 courses (6-10 credit hours) a semester. You will most likely have to take General Education courses and other courses for your minor or major if you decide to double major. There are different rules about double majoring at each university. My University doesn't allow students to double major within the same college. (So I'm not allowed to double major in Marketing and Management because they are both in the school of business and have a lot of the same required coursework.) At other universities, the restrictions are less strict, so you can say "Hey, I only have to take 12 more credits of classes and I'll satisfy the required coursework for 2 majors. I'll get a double major in x and y." Minors and certificate programs are shorter in length and are typically taken outside of your major. Most minor/certificate programs require between 15 and 25 credit hours of coursework. Minors are great schedule filler if you come in with a ton of IB Credit and when you finish your GenEds. (Now that I'm done with my GenEds, I'm applying for minors so I can continue taking classes for a reason that are not for my major. I am a Management major looking at minors in Leadership and Education.) Alright, that was a lot of information and it could be different depending on which school you go to, but that's the gist of the academic portion of your college experience. Hope it helps!
  2. As a student at UF, I will gladly tell you that UF is much more than a "party school." For anyone who thinks that we just get drunk and party like it's our job, consider that there is a reason that we are among the top academic universities in the state. The classes are a lot harder than I personally was expecting. Although there is a good chance that all the crazy stories you may have heard about UF and its "party school" status, be forewarned that you better work hard to have the opportunity to play hard. It's all about balance. What are you planning on studying? One of my good friends chose UCF over UF because he's a forensics major and UF only has criminology. He's been involved with the Honors program and the LEAD Scholars Program (I hope you applied it's an awesome program!) there. He loves it at UCF. He loves the campus he loves the campus life. Anyway, the point is if you pick UCF for a specific academic program, then more power to you. I think you parents are probably frustrated because they might not see why you picked UCF over UF. Work on compiling reasons why it's a better fit for you. As long as you're sure it is. Honors Programs: Generally, these programs are as inclusive as you want them to be. I know for a fact that you can get very involved with the UF Honors program whether you decide to help plan events for other honors students with the Student Honors Organization (SHO for short) or if you start getting involved and start looking into becoming an Honors Ambassador, there are a bunch of ways to make excellent connections and really establish yourself in the UF Honors Program. On the other side of the coin, if you decide to just take the honors class each semester and stop there, you shouldn't expect to get very much out of the Honors program. Now the reason that it doesn't really "matter" is because the honors program doesn't have anything to do with graduating WITH honors. Graduating with honors usually means graduating with a certain GPA and writing a thesis. That's a huge deal. I have a few honors friends at UCF and but none of them have really gotten involved with the program and it hasn't done much for them (big surprise, mild sarcasm). Class sizes: I have taken my fair share of lecture style classes and although they are huge, the professors are usually quite accessible and willing to help outside of class. Just a warning taking a bunch of honors classes because of the smaller class sizes might be a huge mistake. Some honors classes are more difficult than others, so if you're going to load up on honors courses, be smart about it because it probably won't benefit you that much otherwise. Just another thing that might be worth acknowledging, UCF is the 3rd largest school in the country. Their goal is to be the largest school in the nation. I have family that teaches at UCF in the Film department and they believe that UCF is sacrificing quality for quantity. So take that as you will. Regardless, no matter where you go, I'm sure you'll be able to succeed academically and that you'll be able to establish yourself at either university. At large universities like UCF and UF, you have to want it. You have to have the ambition and desire to succeed and thrive because your professors and administrators won't hold your hand through it unless you go out of your way to establish personal relationships with them. (It's not that hard. At UF, my professors have been that much more impressed when I go to their office hours because so many students don't.) My advice to you is GET INVOLVED, build references, and go outside your comfort zone and make the best of your college experience. I like to say that only 25% of the college experience revolves around academics, so keep that in mind. PS. I don't know if UCF has a "First Year Florida" equivalent, but I highly recommend that you take it if it's out there. It's most likely course code SLS1102 if you have it. Is a great introductory course designed to help first year students transition successfully into college life. It will also tell you more about various underutilized campus resources. Good luck. Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions. EDIT: The LEAD Scholars Program at UCF is still accepting applications. APPLY! It's an amazing program (and you get a nice, cushy dorm. They are pretty I'll vouch).
  3. It was a lot of work, but the reason I did so much work was because I wanted to be prepared to answer questions from more than three topic areas because sometimes the questions you are prepared to answer aren't the questions you get the opportunity to answer. It is not uncommon for IB to intentionally make question from a topic area hard. They want you to have the overall idea, but to be able to cater to specific the question by includeing the details they are asking for. The Great Depression was on the every year, but sometimes the question would be general (causes, impact of, etc) and others, it would be specific and something along the lines of "To what extent was the Wall Street Crash a cause of the Great Depression of 1929?" If you were just going to BS this answer and talk about the states, you might not explicitly state that the crash was not a huge deal in the US and that they didn't begin to decline until 1932-1933 because less than 5% of the population were stockholders. LIkewise, when asking the everyday question about Latin American Foreign Policy from 1945-1995, there were times when IB would ask a question and then exclude the primary example (Cuba) and then people wouldn't be able to answer the question. They usually ask a question about Perón, but if they asked you to compare him to Vargas, would you be able to? Or if they asked you about his foreign policy would you be able to include that answer without relying on knowledge based solely on his internal changes? IB can will also test you to see how you have organized your information. In May of 2005, IB asked "Compare and contrast the Cold War policies of two of the following US presidents: Harry S Truman (1945-53); Dwight D Eisenhower (1953-61); Ronald Reagan (1981-9)" as the question on US foreign policy from 1945-1995. Would have have been able to answer that? The reason I put so much work into studying for this paper was because I didn't want to get caught off guard. It ended up working out for me. I did the best on Paper 3 and I got 45/60 points from 3 questions. Its the paper that is supposed to challenge you, so if you're only studying 3 topic, you sure as hell better know them well. Good luck everyone!
  4. Last year, I was so worried about Paper 3 because I really felt like it would make me or break me (it didn't). The hardest part for me was deciding what I wanted to write about for Paper 3. I started by collecting all the old paper three exams I could find, printed them out, and physically sorted each question based on it's corresponding topic area from the syllabus. Before the changed the syllabus, there were 22 topics. I picked the 7 topics that seemed to show up the most frequently and whose information could be used on other papers of the exam. I studied US foreign policy in Latin America (1898-1945), The Great Depression, Latin American foreign policy (1945-1995), Political and economic developments in the US after WWII, US foreign policy (1945-1995), Political and economic developments in Latin America after the Second World War, and Hemispheric relations (1945-1995). Basically, I picked anything that was related to the Cold War (because a strong background there would be helpful on Paper 2 as well and it's interesting), The Great Depression (because it was pretty much guaranteed that there would be at least a question or two about it on the exam), and US Foreign Policy in Latin America from 1898-1945 (because most of the topics here were recurring and they directly set the stage for later events ie:Monroe Doctrine, Good Neighbor Policy, and establishment of spheres of influence). I put a lot of (too much) work into deciding what I would study for this paper. Generally, I selected topics to study from the syllabus, I made detailed outlines of everything IB said to know about each topic (bolding important details that could differentiate my essay from the masses), and then I tried to anticipate different ways the questions could be asked. I am looking at the new syllabus, and the topics to choose from are Independence Movements, Nation Building Challenges, US Civil War: Causes, Course, and Effects, Development of Modern Nations (1865-1929), Emergence of the Americas in Global Affairs (1880-1929), The Mexican Revolution (1910-1940), The Great Depression in the Americas (1929-1939), The Second World War and the Americas (1933-1945), Political Developments in the Americas after the Second World War (1945-1979), The Cold War and the Americas (1945-1981), Civil Rights and Social Movements in the Americas, and Into the 21st Century (1980's to 2000). So do yourself a favor and pick 5 out of the 12 that you feel the most comfortable with and become an expert on those topics. Be prepared to support multiple viewpoints and really make sure that you understand the subject material well because you should end up saying a lot of the same information no matter how they ask you a question on the exam. So the key is making sure that you have a strong enough relationship between scope of your studies and the depth of your knowledge and analysis. Studying for this paper is not easy, but if you unconditionally commit to learning as much about each topic as you possibly can, you'll do well.
  5. To be completely honest, I don't remember when I started studying for exams. All, I know is that I started half-heartedly studying too soon and by the time my exams were approaching, I didn't really care that much. My advice to you is that you take your exams and study for them seriously! I did alright on my exams, but I could have received more college credit had I gotten one point higher here or there, of if I had actually written a couple essays for my AP Bio test instead of writing a letter to the grader... So the moral of the story is, be a better student than me. Even if you're already "in," taking these exams seriously can get you "out" of classes that are way harder at the University level. Just do yourself a favor and give it your all so you don't regret anything. (Oh and if you're cocky like me and thought that IB was 'so hard' and that you were 'prepared' for college, wake up because it's really tough here too. It sucks, but the learning doesn't really ever end. Oh and the IB exams may be easier to pass than college ones... I know they never asked me what the period of 2arctan(x) was on the Math SL exam....)
  6. Do it! I interviewed someone for my EE as well. In the evaluation of sources at the end of my EE, I just evaluated the person I interviewed and explained why she was credible, what bias she may have had, etc.
  7. I think you should go for HL Psychology. I only took SL Psych anticipated in IB1, but my friends who took HL Psych loved it. According to the May 2009 Statistical Bulletin, Only 16 percent of the M09ers failed the HL Psych test. (26% got a 4, 38% got a 5, 15% got a 5, and 4% got a 7. The average score was 4.61) For the SL Psych test: 25% Failed, 31% got a 4, 26% got a 5, 13% got a 5, and 5% got a 7. The average score was 4.33.
  8. Since they restructured the course starting with the May 2010 Examination Sessions, you'll probably have to wait and see. I think it will be something along these lines: 7 22-25 6 18-22 5 15-17 4 12-14 3 9-11 2 6-8 1 0-5
  9. Hey there. Unfortunately, we cannot simply provide you with an experiment to design as it would go directly against both the purpose of this forum and IB rules. We can however, help you if you have specific questions or if you have a specific obstacle you are trying to work around. Just try to come up with a general framework so we can help you figure out the details. Warm Regards.
  10. To the best of my knowledge, the Economics syllabus has not been changed since 2003. Past papers and old exams aren't usually that hard to find online, but you won't find them here. I highly suggest google. You can find them, they do exist, and they aren't that hard to find (especially once you get a few good places to look). Sorry for being so vague, but there's only so much we can do to help students out without overstepping our bounds with the IBO.
  11. On behalf of the staff here, we are happy to help you. The easiest way to get feedback on an essay is to PM a Moderator. Although you can PM an Administrator too, they are generally more busy and it's less likely that they will have the time to read your essay. Any mod/admin will be able to talk to the others and hopefully find someone to read your essay if they personally cannot do it. (So there is no need to PM all of us at once.) With that said we highly recommend against sharing any un-assessed work with other students currently enrolled in the Diploma Program. I'm going to go ahead and close the thread here, but I will continue our conversation via PM. Regards.
  12. Ha! There you go. Thanks for correcting me there, Master. I am used to the history mindset where you have to use documents and events that are 10 years old. I'm glad I threw in that disclaimer...
  13. We are happy to give you our opinions about your situation, but we need to know more about where exactly you stand before we say which class you should test for. What is the title of your math classes? Why is your grade so high (extra credit)? Have you been able to look at either the Math SL/Math HL syllabus? Is math difficult to you or does it come naturally?
  14. I'm going to give you a bit of a disclaimer before we begin: I did not take Economics when I was in IB and I don't know much about what you are and are not allowed to use source wise for your IA. I am taking Microeconomics now at the University level. If you are allowed to use multiple sources, I would recommend that you consider using Hurricane Katrina as your example. Katrina hit the US in late August of 2005 and completely devastated Gulf Coast Area. Many forms of industry are still recuperating and many of the social aspects of devastation have still been insufficiently addressed. Notably, the Oil and Natural Gas Industry took a big hit. I think you you would be able to find a myriad of articles about this because it was such a big deal (in the States). I did some quick googling and found a special Energy Information Administrations report that seems to quantify the impact of the hurricane. This website also seems to have Daily and Special Reports about Katrina's Impact on Oil. Do you think this could possibly be what you are looking for?
  15. I think the best thing you can do to prepare for Biology HL is to look at the syllabus ahead of time and start looking over the topics. I used the Hienemann Higher Level Biology textbook, and I really enjoyed it. It was full color, very specific, and it was organized according to the syllabus. Just so you guys know, I'm going to go ahead and move this topic to the Experimental Sciences forum. Good luck! I hope you're able to enjoy Biology as much as I did.
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