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  1. My sl chemistry exam is coming up in a few weeks, and I´m really struggling with studying. I started studying(wrote notes following the syllabus, read the textbook, watched a few videos, did multiple choice questions) a few weeks ago and have already gotten through most of the topics. However, whenever I try a past exam or questions in the textbook´s chapter review, I just can´t seem to do it. I seem to just completely forget whatever new information I learnt the day before, or how I´m supposed to solve certain problems. I´m starting to feel stressed since my exams coming up soon, and wanted to know how others studied for their chem exam. What worked and what didn´t? Any general tips on how to do well on the exam??
  2. I moved to Psychology HL from Mathematics HL at the start of grade 12, and right now I have to catch up one year of Psychology HL, which the topics cover biological approach, cognitive approach, and sociocultural approach. I can self-study myself but I really don't get how we do the exams.. Do I really have to study everything? Or is there an efficient method of studying these topics? Like I heard something about the Learning Outcomes that can help with the exam questions, but I really don't understand it. Can someone please explain? Thank you!
  3. I have been struggling with my Maths due to how I was changing schools twice before, in and out of different systems and I really need help with the syllabus now but also some of the basics from before. Does anyone know where perhaps online that I may get free tips or help on my maths?
  4. I hope I get a response that may aid my situation, but please take time for this 5 minute - read and read the whole thing, and please bear with me as I give you some background knowledge over my case, as I need all the help that I could get at this stage. So over the past 2 years (2018 & 2019) of IB I've dealt with 3 different teachers, obviously with different expertise, who taught me IB Biology higher lever (HL). Unfortunately the first teacher in my first year (2018) of the dp programme was of very low expertise. The teacher demanded we abide by the notes he compiled, which were incomplete and lacked important information. However, bing we were new to the dp programme and completely trusted our teacher to get us to a level 7 in biology, we followed his demand. Keeping in mind that all throughout the 1st year (2018) we were examined based on these horrible notes with questions that in no way shape or form are close to the ib past papers' questions. Those were the topics he taught us (keeping in mind the lack of detail and incompleted topics): ▪1 (cells) ▪2 (molecular bio) ▪1/2 of 6 (human physiology) ▪1/2 of 7 (DNA) The 2nd year (2019) comes he leaves but another teacher comes also demanding we study from her notes, except they were way better at least. To discover that after two months this teacher also leaves without notice. Those were the topics she taught us: ▪11 (animal physiology) ▪9.1 and 9.2 only, from topic 9 (plant biology). Following that comes another teacher who I'm thankful for her great expertise. The issue was that she was tight in time in terms of having to teach us the following topics: ▪ 3 (genetics) ▪ 4 (ecology) ▪ 5 (evolution) ▪ 6 (human physio) (the rest of it) ▪ 7 (DNA) (the rest of it) ▪ 8 (metabolism / respiration / photosynthesis) ▪ 9 (plant biology) (the rest of it) ▪ 10 (genetics and evolution) ▪ Option (D: nutrition) Where topic 8 (metabolism / respiration / photosynthesis) WAS NEVER COVERED. Also, because she was tight in time, she had to finish the following topics during a MONTH only: 2 (parts of it) + 6 + 7 + Option D. Therefore I have only studied from the "Andrew Alott Oxford Biology" course book the following topics: 3 + 10 + 4 + 9 + 11. And the rest of these topics, being: 1 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + Option D I have never studied well from the "Andrew Alott, Oxford Biology" course book yet. Thus what would you suggest I do for the mocks in 20th of March as well as the externals in may 2019 (biology exam p1 & p1 specifically on 09/05/19? Would i be able to get a 7 in biology HL by only studying from the STUDY GUIDE by "Andrew Alott, Oxford Biology" as well as solving past papers, OR do I have to study from the "Andrew Alott, Oxford Biology" course book to get a 7. Or should I study what I can from the "Andrew Alott, Oxford Biology" COURSE BOOK for the MOCK EXAM (P1 + P2 + P3) in 20/03/19 regardless of what mark I get, so that by the time the externals come about I wold have studied the entire COURSE BOOK in order to get a 7 in biology HL in the externals (at least, if not in the mocks as well)? TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION ABOVE KEEP IN MIND THE FOLLOWING: ● MOCK EXAMS START: 20/03/19 ● MOCK EXAMS END: 15/04/19 ● DURATION TILL BIOLOGY EXTERNAL EXAM: 24 days *keeping in mind that I have OTHER SUBJECTS prior to the biology exam of which I have to study for the externals. Below are the subjects I take along with each is its external exam date. My Subjects and their External exam dates: ● BUSINESS (SL) P1: 03/05/19 / P2: 06/05/19 ● ARABIC (A, SL) P1: 06/05/19 / P2: 07/05/19 ● BIOLOGY (HL) P1 + P2: 09/05/19 / P3: 10 /05/19 ● MATH (SL) P1: 13/05/19 / P2: 14/05/19 ● ENGLISH (B, SL) P1: 16/05/19 / P2: 17/05/19 ● DT (HL) P1 + P2: 20/05/19 / P3: 21/05/19 *Here is the study guide if you want to take a look at it to be able to answer me: Study Guide by "Andrew Alott, Oxford Biology": https://drive.google.com/drive/mobile/folders/1Wph6zPTQBP_t_p4wx5aFlezafbHyTE-d/1MJRMpQRykUEQyFdInKvHKLQCZmii12ao/1x8PpP70oN1rIquvjUbtEQvFY610Va_jm?usp=sharing&sort=13&direction=a Course companion / course book / text boom image: by "Andrew Alott, Oxford Biology": https://www.google.com/search?q=andrew+allott+biology+course+companion&client=ms-android-samsung&source=android-browser&prmd=inv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiG5qLMjYfhAhWR16QKHQa_DdsQ_AUoAXoECAwQAQ&biw=360&bih=616#imgrc=uROuNYVVoEAzMM An immediate sufficient response would be extremely appreciated to a fellow ib student in GREAT NEED! Thank you in advance!
  5. Hey everyone, Hope you're doing well whether you just started your IB or are already getting closer to your mock exams. I'm trying to find out about how students study and what resources they use. It would be great if you guys could fill out this survey. Shouldn't take more than 10 minutes. Its all anonymous. https://goo.gl/forms/avRQe0DEHksywyWi1 Thanks
  6. Hey everyone, Hope you're doing well whether you just started your IB or are already getting closer to your mock exams. I'm trying to find out about how students study and what resources they use. It would be great if you guys could fill out this survey. Shouldn't take more than 10 minutes. Its all anonymous. https://goo.gl/forms/avRQe0DEHksywyWi1 Thanks
  7. So the teacher gave us a past paper where we had to analyse and compare and contrast between two texts. I kind of struggle with writing that because I had no idea how to build up on the analysis. I scored pretty poorly on that and I asked the teacher for some feedback and she told me that my text wasn't organised and that it was all over the place. So I was wondering if anyone could please tell me how to structure the text for analyzing and comparing and contrasting between two texts?
  8. 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
  9. 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?
  10. 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.!!!
  11. When did/will you guys start studying for the 2017 exams?
  12. Hi, everyone! I am interested in studying law in the future, however, I do not know if it is better to study Law as an undergraduate program, which is possible in the UK, or to choose some other course (I want to study in Canada then) and after it, study law. What should I do? And what should I study before the law? Thank you so much for your answers!
  13. Now I know that it depeds on how much work you get done but assuming that you are very efficient, what would be the ideal time spent on studying? Right now I have been spending 1-2 hours a day studying and sometimes 5-6 hours on weekends. I have finished one topic in chemistry, one topic in physics and one topic in maths all by my own so I'm far ahead the rest of the class. I'm not sure how to proceed though, am I wasting my time? I feel like I could do much more and that I have too much free time. Is there anything you wish you would have done in your first year?
  14. So in a few weeks I have my semester exams, I am in the 1st year of IB. Right now literally all I've been doing is praticing past papers rather than revising the subjects even though I know that's not the way to do it :/ (I find revision really boring lol) Can you give me tips on how to revise and when I should practice past papers? Here are my subjects to be specific: English HL, Biology HL, Chemistry HL Maths SL, Physics SL, French B SL
  15. How much would I approximately need to study to get high marks with the following subject combination? English Lang & Lit HL Physics HL Economics HL Bio SL Math SL Swedish Lang & Lit SL Also, kindly give your thoughts on these subjects.
  16. Hi Is there any study groups that I can join? Or, does anyone make a study group? It would be great if we could have a study group where we all are taking similar subjects I'm currently taking Chemistry SL, TOK, Math SL, English HL, Social HL and French SL None of my classmates are interested in making a study group online... Thank you!! Chantel
  17. Hi! Does anyone have any really good IB revision websites links/notes? I'm starting IB this coming August and I just want to get a head start for some of the content as I have loads of free time this summer and not able to go anywhere. The subjects I'm planning to take are: English Lit HL Economics HL Psychology HL Maths SL Mandarin SL Biology SL Thank you (in advance)
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    Hi, I'd like to ask for some recommendations connected with really good Art Universities in UK. Where are you applying? When is the deadline? Is there any website with all possible Art Courses in UK? Thanks for help
  19. Hi everyone. I've written two short guides on IBS: Time managementPreventing and managing stressThe following is about how to create realistic plans. It's adapted from my blog. I hope it helps. There are two easy ways to create feasible plans: Pretend you have 30% the energy you usually have Copy a plan you’ve completed successfully beforeNote that I’ve left out the most obvious way – looking at a calendar and the things you have to do then filling up the hours. Why don’t we stick to plans? It’s simply too difficult For some reason, if we imagine a free day we imagine a lot of time. But we also assume our energy levels will match that. It often doesn’t. Cramming the day with loads of activities is only going to make you tired quickly and far more likely to stop doing them even in the middle of the day. If it’s a long term plan it’s even less likely to continue. We get distracted Distractions are a huge problem. As research shows, after a distraction, it takes about 25 minutes to get back into work. It makes our work far less efficient and moves everything in the plan forward. Therefore we work longer, become more tired and start putting things off. We don’t give ourselves enough time We might assume that we can get an essay done in 3 hours but sometimes we might get stuck which means we have to take a longer break. Or we can’t find the book we want. Same with side projects you might want to do after work/studying. If we expect to do all of them in a minimal time then we’re either going to drop them completely or reduce them drastically and feel guilty about it. We procrastinate Looking at a large plan for the day can be intimidating and cause us to procrastinate. Therefore we don’t do anything we aim to. Here’s one simple way to stop it. Making plans work Assume less energy than normalThis point relies on assuming you have less energy than your plan assumes. If we try being superhuman then get intimidated or worn out by our plan, it’s not a useful. On the other hand, if we’re more modest, we have a much easier starting point, procrastination is less likely and we will complete things. Let’s take one of the plans I’ve had in the past (and I’ve had many): This is actually a simplified version of a plan I had at one point in my first year of university. Looking back on it, it’s surprising to think that I considered it then even more surprising is that I was annoyed when I couldn’t complete it! Nearly 9 hours of difficult (and unnecessary!) work I had planned. That’s on top of being social, dealing with chronic pain and you know, trying to not hate books after my first week. The plan didn’t work for a variety of reasons: I didn’t have the energy to complete themI ignored other factors (like having friends and going outside)It was boringIt wasn’t flexibleCreating the plan with the mind that you’ll have less energy means you plan to do fewer things, increase flexibility and still complete things. So the plan above might turn into this (assuming there’s a 9am start): And that’d be it. The first plan has nearly 9 hours of mentally tasking work while the second has 4 hours with large breaks in between. It’s much easier to start and I found I got more work done with the second plan overall. Copy a previous plan.The second condition is easier to implement. If you’ve successfully created and completed a plan before, copy it and use it again. However, it’s important to take into account new factors when doing this because your past plan might have been completed under much different conditions. For example, if you’ve caught a cold, your energy is going to be lower than it would be normally so you’ll complete less work or it’ll take longer to complete the same amount. But remember to be reasonable. If you’ve planned an overnight stay at your library or a general rush till exams, you won’t be able to sustain it for a long period. To combat that, refer to point one. An impromptu Q&A session “But you’re doing so little work – this doesn’t apply to me!” Fortunately, it still does. If you’ve ever planned anything and never completed it (although you feel you should have) then it applies. Creating unrealistic plans is normal and unless you actually have unlimited energy, it’s fine to plan less and complete more. Dealing with chronic pain means I’ve had to change how I view plans and making my time more efficient. This is one way I’ve managed to stay with the crowd despite being in pain all the time. “But what if I can’t plan less! I have so much more work to do than you” That’s where the second condition comes into place. Not every plan can work on such little energy. Deadlines and loads of work exist. If you’ve actually completed a plan that meets the demands of your current situation, mould it around that. If not, continue to assume you’ll have less energy when creating it. And stop procrastinating. Yet, don't use this excuse to return to an unrealistic plan crammed with work from the time you wake up to the time you sleep. “What if I have scheduled commitments?” If you have a variety of things you want to do (clubs, learning new things, blogging etc), reducing the amount of energy you’ll have to complete it seems ridiculous. It isn’t. In this scenario, you have to exercise prioritising and say no to some commitments. If you don’t, there’s a good chance you won’t do them, get frustrated at the ‘little free time’ you have or burn out very quickly and blame yourself. Admittedly, it is difficult saying no to things especially when you seem to have a lot of time for trying new things. Those things won’t disappear straight away and there’s no point in planning them if you’re too tired to complete them. It’s alright to say no. This is a big thing for IB students. Especially if you feel that extracurriculars are extremely important. However, there are a few more things important than extracurriculars and even grades. Your health. Running on low energy and being on the verge of burn out for two years is damaging. It can have adverse affects like putting you at risk of depression and other health problems that happen as a result of stress. Take the time to assess your priorities throughout the school year and decide what you want and need to do. While the IB is a difficult time for many, you do not need to assume it'll be difficult and aim to fulfil that prophecy. "I'll try to do that but which would you pick, sleep, study or social life?" This is genuinely one of the biggest lies about the IB ever. It's sometimes funny to joke about how little sleep you get but there's nothing to be proud about when it comes to getting little sleep. You can have all three. I recommend you have all three. Studying is important for getting good grades. Sleep is important for every activity you do. Sleep debt is a thing. If you consistently go without sleep, it's not much different from not sleeping at all. For example, if you consistently shave 2 hours off your sleep for a week then at the end of the week, your attentiveness is the same had you not slept for an entire day. Socialising with other people can be fun and a welcome break from reading books all the time (which is inefficient since concentration levels drop throughout the day). Plan less and give yourself more time to enjoy your day. Your grades will thank you for it. “Am I allowed to continue working past my smaller plan?” Yes. A minimal plan makes it easier to start working. It doesn’t necessarily put a limit on how much you should continue working. Though, it should make you more efficient with the hours planned – reducing the need to continue working much more. The next day, return to the minimal plan. A good plan is sustainable. “I’m rubbish with times. What if I oversleep?” Ignore times and focus on activities. Instead of planning the hours, aim to work on a project for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. If that is too difficult, aim to do an hour of the project during the course of the day. The earlier the better of course as you don’t want tiredness to excuse you from working. “Did you write these questions yourself?” Some things are best kept secret. Action Steps The take away from this is to reduce the amount of energy you’ll need to finish a plan so it’s easier to start and easier to complete. What can you do now? Create a plan for your ideal day Assume you’ll have less energy than normal Create a new plan.A small amount of completed work is better than a large amount left wished to be completed. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to add them
  20. As the exams are approaching and I'm currently studying ITGS HL, we really haven't covered much of the syllabus in class (we technically have to self study the subject ) . So, what do you guys think the best method of revision is? Note: I'm also looking for an ITGS study buddy/challenger etc. PM me if you're interested!
  21. Hello all, I'm starting my second year of DP next year, and I want a textbook for SL Physics to work with. We don't use textbooks in my class, but last year I had a hard time without something physical to refer to when pre-writing notes. I need something to help me prepare for the exam itself. I was going to go with the Oxford book here but I don't think it's for the new curriculum (though I could be wrong). I've also read lots of mixed reviews about it. I don't want to drop upwards of $50 on a textbook that won't help me. (Not to mention I need one for chemistry too, that post is here.) My teacher has maybe ten or so of the Oxford books but we rarely use them, so I can't really say whether they work for me or not. Also, he was new last year so I didn't know his teaching style, and that was difficult. Can anyone help me with this? Should I just go with the Oxford book? Best wishes, N
  22. Hello friends! I'm starting my second year of DP soon, and I want to have a textbook for HL Chem to work with this year. We don't use textbooks in my class, but last year I had a hard time without something physical to refer to when pre-writing notes. Also, I'd like to have something that's IB-specific. I have a Barron's study guide for general chem, and it's very good (my favourite brand for all study guides), but I need something to help me prepare for the exam itself. I was going to go with the Pearson HL Chemistry book here but it doesn't look like it's for the new curriculum. It's the book my teacher recommended, but I'd like a second opinion. I know Pearson (and Oxford, and probably others) has released their updated textbook, but I've heard very mixed reviews of it. Can anyone help me with this? Best wishes, N
  23. Hello. I have a question about notebooks - what kind of them do you use? How big they are and for how long do they last? I would like to have A4 format notebooks but I don't know how big should they be. Also what kind of supplies do you recommend to use during the ib? Thanks MY SUBJECTS: English B HL Polish SL Math SL Biology HL Psychology SL Visual Arts HL
  24. Hello. I have a question about notebooks - what kind of them do you use? How big they are and for how long do they last? I would like to have A4 format notebooks but I don't know how big should they be. Also what kind of supplies do you recommend to use during the ib? Thanks MY SUBJECTS: English B HL Polish SL Math SL Biology HL Psychology SL Visual Arts HL
  25. Hiii, i'm fairly new to IBsurvival and in 2 weeks ill be starting my first year of IB. I have a few questions id like to ask you guys... 1. How did you study for your end of unit tests? 2. For any of your HL subjects, was it likely your teacher would use SL papers? (since some topics are both part of SL and HL core) 3. Would you recommend studying from past papers from years that had a different syllabus at the time? Have you done it? Please state the subjects you used since some syllabi don't change that much! 4. I know there are several threads for this but if you feel like, list your studying strategies/tips.
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