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  1. Hi! I'm new to the IB and i'll be starting it in a few weeks. I have no idea what to expect and I've heard from a lot of people that the ib is very difficult. I'm taking: HL: English Lang and Lit A Chem Film SL: Maths Psychology Chinese B If anyone knows anything about these subjects please let me know about your experience! I was also wondering about the IA, and when you do it? Is it in your first year of IB or the second? Thank you so much!
  2. Does anyone recommend or actually websites or apps to study for their exams? Ive looked into free things such as quizlet but am not sure how useful they actually are. And does anyone use paid things such as kognity? The price is quiet steep and Id like to know if its actually worth paying the money or simply studying the oldschool way. Thanks
  3. Hello, I'm in the process of choosing my IA question, I do biology standard level and was wondering if this topic fits in the syllabus for sl: What is the effect of soil moisture on the length of ribwort plantain leaves? Thank you
  4. Hi I wanted to ask if one were to decide to retake IB exams, does one have to do it for all your 6 subjects? Or can you choose to do only a select few? And can you also retake the IB exams even if you're not in failing conditions?
  5. I want to know if i get a level 2 in one of my higher level subjects, will i fail the diploma? but i pass 12 marks in total for higher level subject.
  6. Step 1 :> Preparing to Study (a) Start studying early. Give yourself more than enough time to review the material that was covered in class. You might want to gauge how soon to start studying by how much material you need to review. (b) Read through the entirety of your notes that will be on the exam. It will refresh your memory of the material and help you remember what you learned. (c) Get some good notes. If you’re not a good note taker, or if there are “holes” in your notes, then ask a friend if you can copy his or her notes. Good notes can make all the difference when you’re studying. (d) Ask your teacher about the test material. One of the easiest ways to begin your studying process is to find out what is on the test directly from your teacher. Step 2 :> Reviewing the Information (a) Re-read your notes. This time re-read your notes for understanding. In other words, you are going to study your notes. Start with the most basic information. (b) Take notes while you study. Yes, take even more notes. You can highlight and underline the information as well, but writing the information down really helps you retain it better. (c) Review your syllabus. The syllabus is an outline of everything that you should have learned over the course of the class. It’s a good place to start to understand major ideas and topics that you should be learning from the class. (d) Write down the major topics and themes that you pulled out of the syllabus. Then, go through your notes to see if you have any notes at all on those topics. Once again, if you don’t, you should ask someone for notes on those topics, and re-read the sections in the book pertaining to those topics. (e) Review study guides and sections. In some books, each chapter has a short review or summary. This is a great place to quickly review and get a gist of a concept. Of course, if you have no idea what the summary is referring to or you need more details to jog your memory, refer to the study guide in the back of the book. (f) Re-read important selections of the textbook. All of the titled sections of the book from your syllabus should be re-read so that you can pull out important information. Step 3 :> Preparing for the Exam (a) Make flash cards. After you have taken notes from studying all of your materials including the book and your notes, use that information to make flash cards. (Grab an index card, or cut paper into squares to use as a flashcard.) Turn statements into questions. (b) Quiz yourself. Once everything is written down on flashcards, quiz yourself with the cards. Keep reviewing the questions that you get wrong until you get them right. (c) Do practice questions. This is especially helpful for subjects such as math. Practice doing the questions in the book that you were assigned for homework. Do extra questions in the back of the book. Re-do questions that you got wrong, and try to figure out why you got them wrong. Do practice questions until you feel more comfortable with subject matter.
  7. Hello guys, I am new both to this blog and to the IB. There is something that troubles me a lot these days on literary criticism exams that we will sit. Can we apply the principles of critical theory in our commentary, or is it not encouraged? In our class, there are not a lot of people who know critical theory and our teacher seems to encourage an in-depth examination of the literary text at hand in which we are simply building meaning from the text, as a critic with a New Critical approach would do, and as far as I know such an attitude is encouraged in normal US high schools as well. However, I do not wish to engage in such banal and aloof interpretation and wish to use and experiment with other theories, such as feminist critical theory, Marxist critical theory or even deconstruction. Daring to go further, I wish to postulate my own way of interpreting literary texts. I do not know if there is an official, IB-approved literature book discussing such matters- in fact, I know for certain that there is none for Turkish A1, which I am taking as my Language A1 course. What are your experiences concerning literary analysis? Were you allowed to engage in more complex sorts of criticism, or even tried to have the text play against itself in a deconstructionist sense? What did the examiners think?
  8. Hi! I would like to ask you how did you find the may 2017 exams in physics. I think that were more difficult than may 2016. Also, in which case someone fails and need to go to november exams? Finally for which reason should we be examined in 2 exams in a day (for example Physics and psychology were examined the same day) ? Thank you
  9. For the Biology exam, I wrote outside the boxes because there wasn't enough space for me for me to finish all my answers. I have written outside of the boxes on all my tests, and mock exams, and no teacher has commented on the fact that I did this. I did not hear that they don't, until someone mentioned this today. Does this mean none of my answers will be marked?
  10. I am wondering how the IA's will affect the final IB grade. Let's say I have an accumulated 4 on my Econ IA. However, I get a 5 on my External Assessments (all 3)! What will be my Final grade? Will it be a 5 or a 4? I know the IA is 20% and the external Assesment is 80%. I was told that whatever I get on my External Assesment, will be final grade. The IA helps if the candidate is at the very end of a boundary. I have been getting different pieces of information. I am not sure how the IA works. Everyone keeps saying its "Only 20%", and the External Assessments are far more important. Can someone please help me!!!!
  11. Hi guys, So the first chem exam is next week and i started preparing like 5 weeks ago, however i am really not doing well. I'm frustrated because i've literally studied everything over and over and have done practice questions yet i just can't grasp the chem theory. I score particularly badly in paper 1s for SL chem and i am at a loss as to what to do. I know that i know the general information but am stunted by questions that should be quite simple. Can anyone share a tip for practicing or understanding that could help me? I really need the help right now even though it's too late. My struggle is paper 1, i really need your help. Thanks a lot P.S. Please don't chastise me, i'm not a lazy student nor have i left anything last minute. I just seem to be severely lacking in my understanding and application of the theories.
  12. Hi, Does anyone know if the additional points are guaranteed? What grades do i need to score in TOK and EE to obtain the 2 points? And my predicted grades have told me that I have those 2 points, but is that guaranteed?
  13. I'm taking my third chance for re-take this May, throughout the school year some teachers thought that we were able to retake one subject up to three times, but they didn't say the actual retake amount. So, without knowing this I didn't take the one subject that I failed until now, my last chance. I'm certain I'm going to fail it because I have been working, not studying as much. I have already been in contact with a few good universities in the US, which said that they do not care about my IB diploma they only want the SAT results. That was before I knew I was going to fail, does anyone know if there is still a chance that even with the fail diploma, they will still not look at the results? Or does anyone know if there is any possibility at all to retake the exam again, like an exception?
  14. Hi guys, The May exams are here and I just want to wish everyone the best of luck for them This is the final stretch! Who else will be taking the exams? Are you guys ready, and how are you feeling about them?
  15. Well, I am taking the IB exams in 5 days and I haven't done much studying. I have only covered my maths option and briefly all biology. Both of these subjects are HL. However, do you think it is doable to study maths HL and bio HL in 5 days? If yes, can you please suggest some ways?? I'm in desperate need of some advice.!!!
  16. Hi there! I had a question on how I should prepare for my Math SL exam which is on May 5th. I was planning on completing all question banks for each unit, going over lessons and textbook questions. Do you think that is enough? I understand a lot of people do past papers however, if I complete all the questions in the questionbank, isn't that basically the same thing because those are past questions as well? Or is there a big difference between doing past papers and question banks? Please let me know! Thank you
  17. Hello guys! one month is remaining for the finals. and every ib student right now needs tips and tricks to do their best. PLEASE HELP! alumni!! PLS PLS HELP
  18. A sample of gas trapped in a piston is heated and compressed at the same time. This results in a doubling of temperature and halving of the volume. If the initial pressure was 100 kPa, what will the new final pressure be?
  19. When did/will you guys start studying for the 2017 exams?
  20. Hi all! We are doing our mock exams right now and I know that they are not obligatory and each school chooses if they want to have it or not. However, our IB coordinator said that if we miss, or if they think that we will not pass the exams, they will remove our names from the IB exam registration list. Thus, we won't be able to graduate... Now, I wonder if a school has the right to do so? I mean since mocks are not a must. I should still have the right to do my real exams even though I fail my mocks. What do you guys think about this?
  21. Hi! i would like to ask you if the application of a student is approved from a university in February, how important is to achieve good grades in May exams?
  22. Hello guys its now exactly 2 months away from the final exams! Our first exam being Business and Management. I would just like to know some tips and tricks and when to actually start revising (which I still have not started to do). I signed up for the Easter OSC course for business and management and I was wondering if anyone did it and how it is. I just created this page so we can all gather and panic for 2 months time.
  23. Hey guys, So I have received feedback on my final IA grade, however my teacher says that they need to review it with other teachers... Is there a possibility it could go up? because I believe my teacher is a harsh marker and that it should be at least 1 point higher.. Thank you
  24. Hi! I'm in 1 IB now but I made this mistake and took Maths HL. At the beginning of the year I had 3 HLs: Physics HL, Maths HL and French B HL. My school doesn't allow any changes 2 weeks after choosing subjects, but I managed to change also Arts SL to HL as I want to go for Architecture Design. I can't change the levels of Maths but I still got 4 HLs. I'm afraid I will have a bad grade from Maths on exams. So can I write the November session exams (retake) but with Maths SL? I will still have 3 HLs (Physics, Arts and French B). Because if not, I will be looking for A-levels. To have 2 certificates, because I will really fail the Maths exams and I'm heading for UCL.
  25. Heyah! So lately I have been so stressed out and demotivated to do anything :\ I finish my mocks this week and they are going alright. I just want someone to tell me that I have enough time to prepare for the final exams... Do you think three months of studying will allow me to achieve above 40 points? I'm predicted 43 points but I know that our school haven't covered many parts of the syllabus for the majority of my subjects and now I have to self-teach myself lots of things. Will it be possible for me to study all my subjects in 3 months and ace the exams? The subjects I take are: Geography, Business, and English Langlit at HL and Maths Studies, Physics, and Arabic A at SL. Physics is probably my weakest subject cause the teacher I had last year skipped so many topics that when our class did the mock 2 weeks ago with the new teacher, the average for our class was 1.8 points. Can I teach myself the physics syllabus in those three months? I need some motivation!!