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  1. I'd suggest you ask your English and French teacher on ways to improve. Perhaps you can ask your English teacher to give you extra essays or look at extra essays you do and give you feedback. There's resources online and on this site on how to improve your French Ab initio, have look at them. Don't be discouraged and hopeless, you still have plenty of time to improve before the final exams. Focus on that instead.
  2. I'm not going to chance you for Harvard. However, if you're planning on studying medicine (which is a prerequisite to become a psychiatrist); taking Chemistry will give you more options on more medical schools in places such as the UK, Europe Australia etc. There's no way around the scientific nature of academic Medicine, you'll have to overcome your dislike of Chemistry because it does feature in the course. As for extracurriculars, aim for posts where you can demonstrate a "caring role" such as a care home/ residential home, hospices and/or in a clinical setting volunteering in hospitals or shadowing health professionals. Not only do these add to your application but they can help show you whether medicine is for you. Also you could participate in competitions such as the International Brain Bee, for example, as well as maybe research and attend medical conferences and talks.
  3. As mentio I would strongly advise against IB certificates as stand alone qualifications due to their lack of credibility at many International universities and institutions. I'd advise you take either the IB diploma or your country's equivalent course.
  4. The difficulty of French HL is pretty subjective, it would depend on your ability, how hard you work etc. I'd advise you to expose yourself to french books and other media, e.g blogs, vlogs, movies, music, articles, news channels. With IB Spanish, you'd have to arrange with your school to take it without taking the class because there are internally assessed aspects of the course e.g oral assessment. I've known of some native students taking an IB language course without actually going to a class so it is doable. As for Math Studies, from what I know of Ivy Schools, Maths studies shouldn't hinder your application. You can always check with the universities you're thinking of applying to. Also, you probably wont get any credit for your math studies grade... then again credit doesn't tend to be given for SLs.
  5. Maths Studies shouldn't hinder your application much, except at certain universities like Manchester etc, for example. You can get into Business degrees in the UK without even studying maths at A level. I've personally went to school with some of the people who didn't do Maths A level at all and witnessed them get accepted to study various business degrees at universities (Russell Group, prestigious universities etc). If you don't have Maths at the A level/ IB standard the universities look to see that you had a high GCSE or pre-IB grade in Maths. However not ALL universities will accept a candidate with Maths Studies for business. But at the end of the day you only get to apply to 5 universities maximum. I'd encourage you to continue doing research and find which universities you're aiming for, what they're subject/ overall IB score requirements are and make your decision from there. I'd personally recommend you to go for what would maximize your chances of getting the highest overall IB score. If it's dropping to Maths Studies to focus more on your HLs then go for it, don't think you'll automatically be disadvantaged because of it.
  6. For Environmental Engineering, the ideal HL combination is HL Mathematics and at least one science HL (usually Physics). So if you chose to do Chemistry HL and Maths HL that should keep a lot of doors open for you. Maybe if you substituted Physics for Psychology SL, you might find it easier to manage Maths HL. It's actually not a bad idea to choose your subjects based on your major, but just remember the Maths and Physics you're studying at IB is broad and will be different to the Maths and Physics you will study in your major. When you study your major the Maths and Physics will be more specific to your major (after year 1 or even 2 perhaps), and you might find that the maths/physics in your course actually the topics you prefer. It may well be you're "bad" at doing all the broad topics of Maths and Physics IB which doesn't necessarily mean you'll be bad at the Maths and Physics it in your major. The grade boundaries fluctuate each year, but the level 7 grade boundary for both subjects tends to be close to 70%. This year, for example, Physics HL level 7 grade boundary 66% but that's because the paper was an absolute beast.
  7. Your higher grade goes on your updated diploma. Sorry to hear about your exam blackout . Everyone gets some degree of exam fear/ stress if they care about their academics, it's very normal. Try taking deep breaths before your exam and chewing gum in the exam! Chewing gum is said to help concerntrate and calm down nerves at the same time. Try think positive! Before your exam talk to someone positive about how you feel you might do worse, it might help if they reassure you. In the exam remember, you know the stuff it's just the stress that clouds your judgement and memory. Focus on what the question is asking you and look to your memory/ any given information to answer it. Best of luck!!
  8. I'd say check out Richard Thornley videos on YouTube. He goes through the whole syllabus, point by point. I'd say focus on your weakest subjects. Working from weakest to strongest. A lot of easy points in IB Chemistry are the calculations, so make sure you go through them and master them. www.mrjdfield.edublogs.org/2014/02/02/calculations-for-ib-chemistry/ Try to get thinking that you only have to spend the next 4 days studying as hard as you can to get closer to your dream. 4 days of discomfort vs facilitating the rest of your life. Also try not to stress too much, that can make people perform worse than their capability. Seeing as you had surgery causing you to miss 2 months of lessons, you have what are called mitigating or exceptional circumstances. When applying to UK universities you can declare these mitigating circumstances and they may treat your application less harshly than someone without any. Richard Thornley: https://m.youtube.com/user/richthornley
  9. If you're finding you're not compatible with the IB workload and ethos you have two options: A) Switch to a different programme, perhaps one where you can specialise in subjects relevant to what you want to study/ do Or B) Change your approach to the workload and your subjects. As mentioned above, if you organise yourself properly you should have free time and be able to keep on top of things. Of course you could also do nothing and continue feeling as you do and hope it doesn't reflect in your grades. @mac117 has a point, if you do decide to study beyond IB and go to university, the workload is likely to be harsher than IB. Therefore it'd be in your best interest to change your approach to work more efficiently and not necessarily harder.
  10. It depends on the program, university and the country. One of the prerequisites to study medicine in India is to have all three sciences, for example. An irregular diploma would be necessary. I'd advise you Kattia Rahi to do research on the universities and countries you're applying to and see what they require for your intended courses. http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/d883e8b8f46446079f14679a9a6971c3/faqs-about-the-ib-in-india.pdf
  11. The new syllabus is quite different, the options especially have been revised. If you studied for the new syllabus solely with old syllabus materials you'd have gaps in quite a few topics. Here's a copy of the changes to the syllabus: www.jon.hk/2014/05/ib-chem-2016-topic/ Here's an online copy of the IB chemistry options (new syllabus). Option A - Materials: https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/media/Documents/International/Chemistry for the IB Diploma/829055_22_IB_Chemistry_001-099.pdf Option B - Biochemistry: https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/media/Documents/International/Chemistry for the IB Diploma/829055_23_IB_Chemistry_001-172.pdf Option C - Energy: https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/media/Documents/International/Chemistry for the IB Diploma/829055_24_IB_Chemistry_001-101.pdf Option D - Medicinal Chemistry: https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/media/Documents/International/Chemistry for the IB Diploma/829055_25_IB_Chemistry_001-102.pdf Last I checked the new book doesn't include the options and you have to find them online.
  12. Generally in the U.K. the trend when it comes to accomadation is the further north you go from London the cheaper accommodation gets. KCL and UCL are in London so, of the list, accommodation will be most expensive there. South England's accommodation tends to be more expensive than up North so Sussex would probably be next expensive after the London universities. Keele or Glasgow would probably be cheapest in terms of accommodation. Manchester or Leeds would probably be next cheapest after Keele and Glasgow. Nottingham would be somewhere in the middle. I wouldn't know which would be more expensive or cheap in terms of food. The bigger cities might probably be cheaper as you'd have more options to choose from. You will not be at a disadvantage at any of the universities you are to applying for not having Neuroscience related work experience. It's not a prerequisite and several students apply and get accepted without having an opportunity to do these. As long as you get the grades and can tailor your personal statement to showcase your enthusiasm and suitability to study the subject that should be enough. This year Neuroscience at Keele was in clearing. Clearing is when UK universities have extra spaces on their course and runs from July to September... October sometimes... (right before the course starts). Some universities advertise these spaces on the courses in clearing.
  13. January start courses are possible but it depends on what you want to study and where. There are quite a few nursing January start courses. Universities like Middlesex university and Coventry university have few courses. Just googling regarding the name of the course you want to study and UK undergraduate courses January intake should give you some answers. www.studylondon.ac.uk/application-advice/faqs/january-and-february-courses https://www.ukuni.net/articles/january-intake-uk-universities-2017
  14. I know this post is old, but I think this information may be worthwhile. I just wanted to inform you you have what is called "extenuating circumstances". The surgery was beyond your control and cost you 2 months of schooling which in turn affected your performance. When it comes to applying make sure your reference highlights these extenuating circumstances and you fill in any extenuating circumstances forms if you need to. A lot more UK medical schools are bit more leniant in considering resist students with extenuating circumstances as opposed to those without any. However you'll have to check each university's updated resit policy to see if they do because some of them won't accept resit students extenuating circumstances or not.
  15. I'd say the only way to find out if it's possible is to speak the ESS teacher and maybe your IB coordinator about switching. Tell them how Physics hasn't been a fit for you and how you feel ESS will be more of a fit and relates more to what you want to do in the future.
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