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Sixthrain

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  1. I really really love #8, but I know from instinct that I should stay far far away from that question. As one of my friends put it, it's the type of question where you either ace it or you get a C. I'm currently settling for #5 but since we just started working on our essays, I could up and change if I like.
  2. Yikes... tough choice I really can't imagine myself without IBD. It's become such an integral part of my life that I simply don't exist with all the crazy assignments and orals and EE and TOK and and... all that IB stuff. But if I had the chance, I would have gone back and changed some of my courses - wish I did Economics instead of Chem (simply because it interested me more. I didn't know that it was possible to double up in the Social Sciences =_= stupid me) and probably Drama instead of Art (although I love visual art, I think drama could have brought out my more introverted personality more). But it's interesting to think of what I would be like had I taken AP... there definitely would have been more course choices, a bonus for sure. In the end though I don't think I can give up IB
  3. Hey guys! I just finished my presentation and got a 20/20. Here are a few tips I would give to those who are still anticipating their presentation On creating the presentation - I would strongly advise against having a lot of words on powerpoint/keynote slides. It distracts the audience, especially if what is written is different than what you are saying. Either use short 1-6 word bullets, or read out a more lengthy point word for word. - Try to keep your presentation smooth. Don't think Windows - think Mac. Clear, edgy font (NO PAPYRUS), readable, clean colour palette. - I used a ton of transitions and effects. On each slide, I would have it completely empty, and each time I make a point I introduce something new onto the slide with a zoom in or a flash. Depends on if you like effects, but I would recommend it if you know how to make your effects catchy but not showy. Oral - If you can, try to obtain a clip-on microphone so that you have both hands free and you have more reign over moving. - If you can, obtain a "clicker" so you can switch slides/transitions/effects without having to stand near your laptop and repeatedly mash the space button. Essential for walkers (which I was), because you really don't want to walk away and then hurriedly run back to the podium to go to the next slide. - Clear voice, look at the audience. - There's no need to memorize your script, but know it well enough so that you are only glancing down once every few seconds, and that should you fumble, you know exactly where to pick yourself up. Others - I have an iPad, so I downloaded an app that had a HUGE visual stopwatch display and placed it on the podium. That way, I could check my time and pace myself. - A very interesting tip my friend gave (unfortunately I didn't implement it in my presentation) is to time yourself during a practice, and on your script, mark the time you should be at on every or every other paragraph. So if your script says you should be at 2:00 and you are at 2:30, you know you should speed up. Hope that helped some!
  4. That's is how I classify what is an introvert, and what is an extrovert as well. Introverts are not necessarily more shy; some of the most sociable people you know may be introverts – they just need time after their socializing to recharge and collect their thoughts. They run on the power of their "alone time." On the other hand, extroverts have to recharge on time with other people, meaning they can only be alone for a length of time before searching for people to talk to. Which is why I don't think there's a clear answer for this: because not all introverts are sitting huddled in a corner. I'm very clearly an introvert, but I have my own group of friends, I have my boyfriend, I get an adrenaline rush off of presenting to large groups of audiences, and I am a master at trading gossip Certainly there are times where I write in my journal by myself, but when that's done, I go off and have fun with others. This reply in particular interests me because I disagree so much with your definition of "true friends." I don't think true friends should always be nice to you, nor should they always like me for the way they are. I fight with my friends a lot. I disagree with their opinions, I admit that I dislike some of their qualities, and we bitch out at each other when emotions build up and we just need to let each other have the honest truth. However, when that's done, and all our differences are laid bare, we are still friends not because we like each other for who we are, but we like each other in spite of what we are. And that although friends always have faults, we're always running back to them (sometimes out of our way) because we find them interesting and we want to share our lives with them. I feel like you're almost limiting yourself from finding a "true friend" because you don't believe they exist – maybe true friends aren't as ideal as you imagine them to be. They don't have to be ideal to stick through thick and thin with you.
  5. My school requires that we buy Macs, so I've been using a Mac for the past 3 years and I have to say, I don't want to go back to a PC Maybe it's because I'm a girl, but I love the streamlined design of the shell and the minimalistic and simplistic way the Mac functions. PCs seem unwieldy in comparison. The only thing I find at fault with Macs is its incompatibility with games. =_= I can't play any of the MMOs I want on it. But I guess that's a good thing since I can focus on work a bit more.
  6. I love the handy notebook function in Microsoft Word I would pretty much type down everything and anything my teacher says or I see during class (I have a fast typing speed, so I can type as she talks) and then I would go over my notes later and clean it up by merging or taking out bullet points. The thing I dislike about taking electronic notes is that you can't add colour to it without a lot of mouse clicking and fussing. The most I can do is bold and italicise at the speed which I'm taking notes at. That's why I like to handwrite my notes in a flowchart form afterwards with lots and lots of colours.
  7. I find that Art is probably one of my most time-demanding subjects. In terms of grading, I find that if you follow the rubric, you'll be sure to do well. However, prepare yourself for the amount of journal work and extra hours after school that you are going to have to put in If you restrict yourself to class time, you're going to find it an immense struggle to complete everything on time. I really really suggest you take two years for Art, or else some late night coffees are up in order.
  8. That is currently what is killing me in SL Chem LOL. I'm not a cramming person, and I probably saved myself my life by choosing to do Psychology HL instead of Chemistry HL back in my junior year. It's frustrating to study a subject where the teacher emphasizes on "conceptual understanding" instead of rote memorization and then shoves the SLs out the door while we still have "whyyy"s hanging on our tongues. Our 7 only starts at 93% I believe so I'm only hitting 5s and 6s with my mediocre B+ Chemistry grades. =_= But compared to HL Chemistry, SL feels like a walk in the park. HL students always glare at us SLs when we get to have flex time while they do their hardcore material. LOL.
  9. LOL I would join the class with you But back to the OP, I'm currently in a relationship, and I'm in Y2. My boyfriend took IB Diploma as well and is now in his first year of college, so he definitely understands the amount of course work I'm going through and gives me time to work when I need it. Also, we're 12 hours and 11 000km away so that just might help me concentrate a bit more I think if you have self-control (and I'm still working on that) you will be able to do just fine in Diploma as long as you tell your significant other you're going to get a lot of homework. I don't understand the people who are able to focus while in a relationship with a person that's in school with them. I'd be distracted the entire time and fail out. LOL.
  10. 1. What is your real name? Sixthrain's fine 2. Where are you from? China 3. How did you find out about IB Survival? I google'd "ib forum procrastination." LOL 4. What made you register on IB Survival? Well, I thought that if I were to procrastinate (and I do a lot) I might as well spend my time browsing a site that's related to my homework. And then hopefully I'll guilt trip myself into working. 5. When did you (approximately) register here? A while ago. I actually procrastinated posting until now, can you believe that? =_= 6. What is your favourite IB subject? I'd have to say Psychology, less so maybe for the course than for the teacher. 7. When are you graduating? 2012 8. What are your plans for university? Cross my fingers and hope to get into a good one. Only half joking 9. What are your free-time hobbies? Writing, drawing, graphic design. 10. If you could change one thing on IB Survival, what would it be? Haven't seen enough of the site to say yet!
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