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  1. Hello all! So I am having to decide on which IB subjects I would like to take at the higher level. I have decided on Eng. HL, Bio HL and am currently debating whether I should take History HL or French HL.... See, I received good marks in both history and french last year (7 and 6 respectively), but I don't know which one I will score better on during final IB exams.... I love writing essays in history but the sheer AMOUNT of stuff to go through for history HL is intimidating to me....I've heard a lot of horror stories about how hard the history HL exam can be.... And as for French, I love learning languages (yah, I'm a dork), but I am not as fluent as I would like to be. The grammar stuff I think I have a handle on... but I would need to work hard to improve my speaking skills and vocab.... because they mark French HL quite harshly right..? But then again, History HL will require a lot of work as well..... I am just so confused. My teachers tell me that I should do whatever I think is best, but I really do like both subjects and simply can't decide. So ultimately, at this point in time, the deciding factor(s) will be: what can I score better on? Which can get be better marks? Which one will be easier?? So I want your opinions... which subject would be easier to take? Which one do you think I should take? any help would be appreciated because I really want (and need!!) help deciding.................
  2. Working hard is important, your teachers are right :-p If you manage your time then you will be able to take time off and relax!! That's very important, in my opinion! You're young - so take some time to enjoy yourself and don't stress! Good luck :-)
  3. Don't stress to much - IB is not as bad as it is made to sound - just don't procrastinate (that's usually the most common cause for worry!!) and stay organized :-) As for prepping - my advice to you would be to fully utilize this forum - like the previous person has mentioned - there's a lot of helpful threads that will help you out! Also check out this website for chem - I found it helpful for reviewing: http://ibchem.com/ And look for "Richard Thornley" on youtube - he is GREAT at explaining IB chem material. It was helpful for me to watch his videos to understand some concepts. You can google math IB questions from previous exams - those are helpful to review for math tests. As for English - make sure you keep up with reading and participate in class discussion - should be a breeze if you love English like me :-) Those are the only subjects I can help you out with because those are the only ones I have in common with you - but I hope I was of some help to you! Good luck :-))
  4. I am so glad I've found someone who can relate haha! Thank you so so so much for your advice, it's very helpful! Would you mind elaborating on how your friend structured her "detailed scaffold" - That would be an outline, if I'm not mistaken? Once again, thank you for your advice - and I totally hear you when you say don't procrastinate - that's usually my biggest fault :-S So I'm trying my best not to botch up this ee by procrastinating... TRYING anyway.... x-D
  5. I am trying to figure out this whole ee thing, and so far it's not going so great. I am still trying to figure out an exact topic and RQ, but I know my subject will be English and I would like to deal with poetry. My question(s): 1) How many poems should I compare (they'll be written by the same author btw)? 2) How should I approach the comparison of multiple poems? Should I deal with each poem separately, or based on literary techniques, themes? 3) How do I research an English ee??!! Should I analyze the poems myself as well as study what other people have said about them? Should it be more of my analysis or their's?? Researching for English is really confusing me as I don't know where/how to start!! 4) How long did it take you guys to write your English ee? How much time should I devote to it? I really procrastinated this summer and am now freaking out ( first draft isn't due until October, but it seems so soon!!!) As you can see, I am a hot mess :-( So any advice/comments would be oh so very appreciated!!
  6. As long as you are comfortable with the classes you've picked, then all's good. Make sure the subjects that you've chosen as higher level are ones you are very passionate about as you'll be studying them quite in depth. Good luck :-)
  7. Hello all! I am from Canada, and will be a senior this year - so I have to start applying to universities :-S I am applying mostly to Canadian unis, but of course there's a part of me that wants to apply to the Ivy League schools - you know, just to give it a try. The annoying thing is the SAT's, but I think I could get through them if I knew it was worth it.. So my question is: is it worth my time applying to an Ivy League school? Is it just a brand-name education that I'll be getting? Is it worth the obscene amount of money I'd have to spend? Will it make a difference if I study in the US, or here in Canada...?
  8. I am in the exact same position you are - entering senior year and I have no idea what to do with my life. So honestly, I'm not really in a position to be giving advice, but I'll try my best ;-) I think too much emphasis is placed on determining a career path right off the bat, so I think you ought to pursue the studies you enjoy in uni, and see where life takes you. You mentioned you want to be a dietician; I think doing an undergraduate first sounds like a good idea, as it will give you the chance to explore your options. Have you considered anything other than psychology?
  9. For those of you who received A's on your English ee's, any tips for a newbie?
  10. I think this is a really good topic for a TOK presentation! I'm not too entirely familiar with what is expected from us in a TOK presentation (I am trying to figure out this whole IB thing myself), but my TOK teacher said we should focus on a knowledge issue of sorts. I think that the perception of beauty is a worthwhile topic - you could talk about the subjectivity of it all, and talk about whether it is possible to be objective when it comes to beauty. I know the previous post talked about the golden ratio - that's a good idea to incorporate. Maybe you could talk about whether we should even try to be objective when it comes to beauty? Is beauty something that is better of being subjective? I don't know if that helps, they are just some random ideas - but I think you have a good starting place with this topic. I feel like it may be overdone (perception of beauty is something we hear about a lot ) but if you take it on in a creative and original way then you're golden!
  11. So for reasons beyond my control (and, okay, admittedly, some procrastination...) I have a 1200-1600 word essay due tomorrow on the limits of language. I've barely started because I'm having severe writers' block. So I was wondering if anyone has tips on writing a decent TOK essay in a short amount of time, or some useful ideas to get me started? I already read the TOK writing guideline on this website, but I still need more guidance... Maybe some sources online that are useful? Honestly, I'll take any help I can get and will forever be in your debt if you help me out!!
  12. So for the longest while I thought that because I was in IB I wouldn't have to write the SAT to apply to American universities, but as it turns out I do... :-( I know people in the US who study like crazy for the SAT and I am worried that if I put too much emphasis on the SAT my IB marks will take a dive downwards. For those of you have written the SAT and completed the IB program - was it difficult to study for SATs or does IB somewhat prepare you for it? Also, how can I achieve my best possible score? xxxx
  13. Should limitations on free speech be placed. Why or why not? I would like to hear both sides of the arguments. xxx )
  14. Hello ! My question is, which course is easier: IB Chem or IB Economics? I think Economics sounds like a very fascinating subject and I would really like to study it further, but chemistry is also equally appealing (although I've hard it's pretty hard). Either course I take, it would SL. I think that the marks that I receive on my courses are a pretty important factor, so I want to know which is an easier course to get good marks in. So I just want to hear other peoples' opinions on which subject is easier, what kind of marks to expect etc. Thanks in advance for any helpful advice/comments. xx
  15. Hello everyone! I have been offered a part-time position at a library, with about 8-10 hours a week. I would absolutely love to work there and it is a good way to earn some money on the side. Also, I think it would be good experience for me as I have not had a paid job before. The problem is that I am very involved with other extra-curricular activities and as I am in my first year of the IB Diploma Program , I want to be able to focus on my studies and get high marks. Since I can't do it all, either the job goes or some extra-curricular activities. Therefore, I am thinking of declining the job offer unless it can count for CAS hours or if it is beneficial for me in terms of my resume and applying for university.... So would working count for CAS hours? And is it a good idea to work during the school year? Any kind of opinion on this would be greatly appreciated!!! xx
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