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  1. Sandwich

    URGENT: IB BIOLOGY preparation for

    To be honest I think the best way to revise Biology is to print out (or otherwise mark off) a copy of the syllabus and then work through the whole thing point by point. I think this is the case for all of the sciences - that way you don't miss a single thing in the syllabus and you can also see exactly what they put emphasis on. You can refer to whichever textbook you like, both of those are good. I think the course companion often has better explanations if you need to refresh yourself on how something works, and the study guide is more concise. You're somewhat tight to revise all of Biology by the 20th of March, but you can definitely go through the syllabus in time for May which is the only thing that really matters!
  2. Writing your extended essay over that summer, or at least doing a bit of research and finding some ideas, is a good move. It takes some of the pressure off as the second year of IB can feel like you're suddenly asked to do a lot of coursework and your EE all at once. Similarly if you have any of the internal assessments to do, it can be nice to do them without time pressure over the summer - but this is less likely as your teacher probably hasn't given them to you yet. The other things I did over my summer were getting work experience for my University applications and completing some hours for CAS! If the course you want to apply for at Uni requires work experience (or looks favourably on it) then the summer is pretty much a prime time to have done it. Also relax and enjoy yourself!
  3. Sandwich

    Pre IB Preparation

    You've not even started the IB yet! Honestly I wouldn't worry too much about it at this point. Just enjoy your current school year and do your best in all your subjects. You'll boost your confidence by showing yourself that you can do well academically so I suggest aiming to do that and focussing on the here and now. Leave worrying about the IB itself until you're actually doing it, and when that time comes, feel free to share any of those worries with us here! Good luck.
  4. There's no magic number of sources. You have one goal - you need to write a 4000 word essay which coherently explores the way in which altering circadian rhythms affects cognitive ability. You'll need to do some research to come up with 4000 words worth of content and arguments. The answer to how many sources you need is = however many sources you end up NEEDING to use to achieve your goal of writing an essay which achieves what you set out to achieve. You've got to have enough content to fill 4000 words with some substance.
  5. Three things: 1) Universities may notice if you've done your EE in a relevant area - if you haven't done your EE in a relevant area then they don't notice or care about that at all BUT they will always notice if you score badly ie. do not pressure yourself to do an EE in an area which you're feeling is a bad choice for other reasons such as lack of support or ability to do relevant stuff as a school student 2) Psychology isn't a great choice if applying for neuroscience. They appear to be interlinked to the casual observer but in terms of what each discipline is about, some neuroscientists may even cry a small tear at being linked to psychology. One is a natural science and the other is a social science and they consider themselves very different, even if seeming to an onlooker to initially be dealing with a similar subject. 3) Neuroscience is fairly impossible to do some kind of experiment on as a student at school. What I would say is that science is science is science to scientists. They love to see use of the scientific method and good experimental design. You may find that a happy medium is winning some kudos by just doing a really good EE in Biology. You'll get to show your ability to create and design experiments, research, think through and write up, and those are transferrable skills to neuroscience. Hope those thoughts help you in your decision.
  6. Sandwich

    Which subjects?

    If you're ruling out the UK then that sounds like a reasonable selection to me. Subject choice is a lot less important in the US, I'm not an expert as never applied there myself, but they seem more interested in general academic goodness (somewhat more non-specifically, as in they just want to see you're taking serious subjects and scoring well in them) and soft things like your extra-curricular activities, volunteering etc. Through CAS the IB forces you to do a certain amount of the latter anyway. Perhaps somebody who has more experience of US applications will add something else, but honestly if you're ruling out the UK, you can ditch a lot of the hoop jumping and those choices seem solid to me.
  7. Sandwich

    Regarding to this website

    Sorry if that came across the wrong way. Your post is in the correct place here! I just meant if you were going to post about Maths you should post in the Maths forum etc. It's surprisingly easy for new users to miss all the sub-forums so I just thought I'd say it, wasn't meant critically! Hope you get the help you're after
  8. Sandwich

    Last Minute Subject/Topic Change English EE

    I disagree, I think if you deal with the topic properly and the topic is broad enough to fill up 4,000 words with lots of meaty content, then it doesn't matter what the books are. The marks are for quality of the analysis and not for selection of books. Obviously the books you choose matter in the sense that they dictate how much there is to analyse and how deeply you're able to pick it apart - some books don't have that much in them, and I think it's fair to say that lots of books aimed at young adults may lack the depth for you to explore, which sets you up for an element of failure. I think the way to go about it is to have a close look at how much you feel you'd be able to pull out and write about. If you can come up with a lot of content then I wouldn't worry about the genre or age range of the books. Ultimately it's to do with how much quality you draw out of it. I think you could probably drag enough out of Catcher in the Rye based on my memories of reading it. As for Perks of Being a Wallflower, I'm not sure as I've never read it. You ideally need to get really 'into' your EE topic so if you're not happy with it I would suggest it's worth scouting out and reading a few books until you are happy. Topic selection is kind of make or break.
  9. Sandwich

    Getting rejected from Edinburgh With a 42 (776HL)

    That sucks. Were you applying as a home/EU student and they applied as an international student or something? The other thing to consider is that there are other aspects to an application besides grades. Sometimes personal statement plus or minus the interview make a big impact. Not saying that was the case here as obviously I don't know, but it's slightly more complicated than just grades and I wonder if that played a factor. One thing you can do is contact the University and ask for feedback on your application and why you were rejected. It can be useful in the future to know, if nothing else! And may make it easier to come to terms with as this is obviously really frustrating for you. University applications sometimes feel horrifically arbitrary.
  10. Sandwich

    Does the History IA Need Footnotes?

    Provide you reference properly you don't necessarily need to include footnotes in the sense of additional text, unless it seems helpful or relevant to do so. However you do need to reference, so if by footnotes you mean referencing where required... you definitely do have to do that.
  11. Sandwich

    Is this even allowed?

    Not sure what the grade book is. The IB takes all the internal assessments and will externally validate a proportion of them and issues the grades on the basis of that at the end of the two years. If your school has a secondary grading system that they are doing as they go along, then that's something unique to your school and nothing to do with the IB, so I guess they can make up the rules on that one.
  12. Sandwich

    Regarding to this website

    Yep, you can post pretty much whatever you want here, whether it's a general Q about the IB or more specific. Just try to make sure you post it in the right forum.
  13. Sandwich

    Which subjects?

    Where are you thinking of going to University? If you're thinking of the UK then to keep all Economics doors open you ideally need HL Maths. There are no specific courses required for Law that I'm aware of, but generally an essay subject is viewed favourably as they're looking for communication skills/analytical reasoning. So I guess History, English Lit, Philosophy, that kind of thing. History may be most relevant to politics and so would be a strong pick. My suggestion would be to look up some places you might consider applying to for Uni and checking the admissions criteria for all those courses. They usually publish them openly and that way you can make sure you're ticking the boxes. Depending on your strengths I'd consider either doubling up on an essay subject or you might consider doing a contrasting subject as that can make you seem more 'interesting' to certain Universities who supposedly prefer 'well rounded' candidates. So that might be a language or a science.
  14. Moved this to the correct forum. The answer depends on where you are hoping to study - you haven't even said which countries you're considering. The first step is to look up some Universities you might consider applying to and reading their admissions criteria. It's all freely and easily available online just by googling. If you don't meet their entrance criteria (e.g. in the UK you'd be ineligible for all medical schools I know of because you have neither HL Chemistry or HL Biology), then you can rule those Universities out.
  15. Sandwich

    Mock exam revision

    February is a long way away! The best thing to do is get a copy of the Economics syllabus and work your way point by point through the aspects which are going to be tested in your mock exam, until you've covered everything. If you divide everything you need to cover by the number of days you've got before the exam when you'll be able to revise, it'll give you a rough guide of what to aim for every day and hopefully help to motivate you. Every day where you should be revising but instead you don't do anything additional towards the exam, you'll pile up more stuff to cover for other days! I used to find that quite motivating. Otherwise it's overwhelming unless you break it down. 'Be like the squirrel' Which will make sense if you listen to this song. Good luck!

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