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  1. My friends and I mostly just stuck to cramming off of Accelerated Study Notes last minute. Yikes. Good luck!
  2. yes. hehe, actually- the IB's pretty easy if you manage your time well WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MATH HL If you aren't good with time management, you aren't going to have fun (like me). Make sure you have a way to organize yourself, some people use terrible stickynotes, some people use Wunderlist, and others (like me), use Google Calendar. Also, take a look at the Pomdoro technique for working, it's awesome! I recommend it to everyone who complains about not being able to do work, and it works wonders. My experience... pretty awful. I procrastinate way too much, end up not getting anything done till 3 days before something is due, end up having to rush work and revision, and end up getting average grades, until the exams, which is like a sudden grade spike for me, haha. I wrote about a day in my life on these forums. If you have time management issues, sleep could become a problem like it has with me! haha. Though my PG is pretty good, and I've managed to do a lot of cool stuff through IB1, and so on the whole I think I didn't do too bad, though I definitely do think I should have worked harder for unit tests rather than rush revision. Good luck!
  3. Hi! Like others have said, seriously- enjoy your time, especially if you're good at maths. Though if you're really keen on starting, I think you should start on some of the harder topics that you won't have time to study for during your year. I'm referring to trig- this happened to me, heh. I think you should start taking a look at trig, it won't help till you actually get to the trig module, but when you do get there- it's going to be a real help if you know what you're doing. Then again I could be biased, but only two people in our year managed to get over 70% for that one, dear god. Take a look at Khan Academy for trig, it's a real help! Also make sure your foundations are very strong, make sure you know exponent laws, how to divide fractions, manipulate equations, simplify, etc, etc- I spent a week re-learning all the basics somewhere in between module 1, it was a real help (I was pretty bad at maths before taking the course). Yeah, that's about it (imo). I wish you luck! Make sure you study for your unit tests and do well in them!
  4. As a soon-to-be computer science major, for most top tier universities to consider you, this is probably the only 'requirement'. I say 'requirement', because schools in the US don't require anything, but applying to a place like, I don't know- MIT with a 5 in Maths SL for Computer Science isn't going to get you anywhere! HL Maths (score a 5 or above) or SL Maths (score a 7) - if the admissions process is holistic at the place you're applying to, then you'd be fine if you got a high SAT math score and didn't achieve those grades in the IB courses. However, if HL math is a scary prospect to you, you might not love computer science as much as you think you do! Trust me, if you're focusing on the 'sciencey' parts of computer science, it's a lot of math work, and HL maths really does teach you to think in a way that'll make you a successful computer scientist. Of course, if your school suggests it- take Computer Science! It's an awesome course, I've been taking it, and it's a lot of fun! Physics isn't a requirement, but again, if you're looking to apply to a top tier university, HL Physics shows you have a passion for mathematics, love for problem solving, and academic rigor. I guess as long as you have a good grasp on Maths, and that shows in your subject list, you're fine! Also, try to demonstrate a passion for computer science! If you love computer science, do something about it! Do projects that show you love the subject! Here's some stuff I've done over the last few years: http://karankanwar.me (sorry, it's not done yet!) Good luck!
  5. A graphical calculator is probably more important in maths studies than it is at HL, haha- you're going to need it a lot for plotting regressions and doing stats. It's definitely going to be very useful to you. The one our school suggests and the one that the majority own, is the Ti-Nspire (not the CAS version). I personally love mine!
  6. One of my friends is taking Spanish Ab Initio and he's doing really well. I'm taking Italian Ab Initio and it's absolute hell. In my opinion, as long as you have a tutor available for your Spanish Ab Initio, go for it! Note, it sounds easy- but it's actually a lot of work. HL language B is pretty hard, most of my friends take Mandarin B SL because B HL is way too hard. If you've studied French for 5 years, I'd say go for Spanish Ab Initio! Good luck!
  7. why do you get to school so early? My bus gets to school in 20 minutes, public transport takes an hour an 20 minutes. And my bus gets here pretty early, because I don't know. :'(
  8. 6:08: Alarm rings 6:30: Actually get out of bed 6:32: Have a shower 6:38: Get dressed 6:42: Have breakfast 6:46: Realize I'm late and leave 6:53: Get on bus 7:24: Get to school 7:24-8:30: Reddit, Facebook, Twitter 8:30-9:45: Lesson 1 9:55-11:10: Lesson 2 11:10-11:30: Reddit 11:30-12:00: Lunch 12:00-1:15: Lesson 3 1:15-2:05: Usually a meeting / break 2:05-3:20: Lesson 4 3:26: Realize I'm late 3:28: Get on bus home 4:02: Get home 4:05-4:30: Collate notes / procrastinate 4:30-4:45: Eat something 5:00-6:00: Work / Talk to people 6:00-7:00 Either continue to work, or go run 7:00-9:30 Work / Procrastinate / Talk to people 9:30-9:50: Dinner 10:00-(1,2,3,4):00: Work / Procrastinate / Fall asleep on keyboard (1,2,3,4):00-6:08: Sleep
  9. Like others have said, no IB subject is truly 'easy', but for mere observers, some combinations look more impressive than others. I'm a bit of a computernerd, too- so I've faced some similar issues. I've spoken to our uni counselor about some similar issues brought up / have heard him talking about some of the subjects you have on your list, so I'll regurgitate to the best of my ability- Business Management is seen as a 'soft subject.' Psychology 'isn't a lab science.' -- He then went on to talk about how a girl was rejected from Cambridge because she took Psych, when she needed a lab science at HL for her course. 'Maths SL for computer science is not a good idea, unless you're guaranteed a 7.' ESAS is seen as the 'easy way out.' And back when I was struggling with maths and asked about the ramifications of taking SL, he said: "If you don't like math, why do you think you think you're going to like computer science?" While yes, a bit harsh, it is a good point. So I practiced, a lot. Now I take HL and love maths! And if you can't do CS in school, do it out of school! I've had a few internships with local tech companies, I run my own little web-apps company-thing, still work on coding projects in my free time, and teach a programming class during break-times. If CS is your passion, pursue it! Good luck!
  10. In contrast to our class, yes! We've handed in 7 commentaries (I'm guessing this was all just practice), further oral stuff, and a written task 1 draft. We also started reading some poetry and a book! Then again, I take lang/lit SL.
  11. unicornication

    4 HLs?

    I have a friend who takes VA @ SL, she gets something like 4-6 hours of homework every lesson! Which is... A lot (to clarify that statement: she's very hardworking, and so it's 4 hours of actual work, LOL (I can spend 4 hours procrastinating away on like 5 math questions aha!)) . I wouldn't take it at HL, it doesn't help in terms of like, a university combo unless you take Math HL or Physics HL as well as Visual Arts HL (for something like architecture.) Bio+Chem HL is manageable, and that's probably all it takes for a doctor (mainly Chem!) IMO, you should probably knock down VA to SL. Our school actually discourages 4 HL's. I wanted to do 4 HL's, but the process of doing that involved getting my parents to sign and write a letter to the school stating that they are aware of the consequences of not taking the school's advice, and it is highly likely that the student will attain much lower marks on average, and that is not the school's responsibility to explain/account for those lower average grades. ...That sounded pretty intimidating. So I stuck to 3 HL's, LOL. Now that I'm actually in the IB. I don't think I'd have enough time to take a fourth HL subject, it would simply take up too much time. Then again, certain subjects (like business) at HL aren't that much different from SL, so in those cases I guess it wouldn't be too bad taking 4 HL's. Mandatory English HL? That's sounds scary.
  12. If you're not applying to any top tier schools that want students to "challenge themselves by taking the most rigorous courseload possible" you should be half okay. The other half involves your field, as long as you're not going for engineering, mathematics, sciences or economics, you should be fine too! Oh and of course, do well on the math section of your SAT! Good luck!
  13. No IB subject is truly 'easy', but in general some are seen as 'softer' than others. HL B&M, HL ITGS, SL ESAS are seen as 'soft' subjects, I wouldn't know of their difficulty! Though if it helps, I take SL B&M and I'm finding it pretty easy. As for Math SL, an anecdote. I've been taking Math HL for about a term, and last week I was helping out a friend with Math SL and from my perspective, it's actually very, very, VERY easy. But she found it pretty difficult, so again, it's really not something we can tell you. I wish Math ML existed, LOL. Also, Math Studies is probably easier than SL! French AB SL, I take Italian AB SL - and it's a bit overwhelming knowing you're going to have to learn so.much.stuff. If you don't have experience with a Latin language (like me), you may have to put in quite a bit of effort if you want a 6/7. English, well I don't know. If you like reading books and writing essays, yay! If not, well you're going to hate it and be miserable. I dislike English (academically), but I find it pretty easy. I take lang/lit at SL.
  14. Being the ginormous tech nerd that I am, this was the highlight of my month when they first released the concept video. My god. Google glass is INCREDIBLE. The reliance on technology is not a worry to me, because that's what it's there for! The kind of doors Google glass will open up for us, incredible. Just this week at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Oculus just released their "Rift", gaming glasses - imagine a world where glasses run on the open-source software that Google glass runs on! We'll get gaming glasses, casual-wear glasses, and all sorts of brilliant things come out of this. I for one would love the ability to do things like Get the time without having to look at my watch Have maps overlay on my screen (Or even show a blue line on the floor to guide me in the right direction) Integration with Google Now to answer all my questions and remind/tell me about stuff Integration with Android, get Facebook/Twitter/G+/Text/Email notifications Integration with NFC payment tech to be able to get visual feedback when I pay with an NFC device Integration with Google Goggles. OHGOD. You'd be able to identify ALMOST EVERYTHING in your sight if you chose to. With Goggles you could even translate text you see in real life BY LOOKING AT IT. I've edited this so many times, just because I keep thinking of new possibilities LOL And holy crap. Google Hangouts + Google Glass. HOW INCREDIBLE WOULD THAT BE? Wow. As you may have noticed, VERY VERY EXCITED. I've put in a link to the official Google-created concept video below, it's so awesome. Ohgod. I want.

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