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  1. Hello. Recently I have had meetings with school administration regarding which IB subjects I want to select. I am certain of most of my subjects aside from Physics and Psychology. As it stands, my subjects are as follows: HL English Lang.Lit. HL History SL Maths SL French Ab initio I would like to do Physics and Psychology, one of course HL and the other SL. Choosing Pysch HL would allow me to achieve a higher score than doing HL Physics. On the other hand, selecting HL Physics would allow for a wider range of university/career choices. I am thinking of moving into a course studying Artificial Intelligence or something programming related. I have read through the syllabuses of both subjects and have consulted many teachers regarding their opinion. Is Physics HL really as challenging as several students on this site (and many others) say? Any suggestions and opinions are welcome. Thanks.
  2. hello everyone. I am trying to choose which subjects to have in a HL. I know that I have to take HL physics, that one is sorted and decided. but i am wondering if I should have math HL. the career counselor of my school tells me that I am capable of doing it, but my credits would decrease as it is a really tough subject and that is the important stuff. but I also know that I might need to have the knowledge for what is thought in math HL. i really do not know whether is better to have a 6-7's on math SL or to take it HL and to have 4-5's but I would know more content. help please. i need togive them in 3 days. if it's helpful, these are the subjects I've chosen English SL French SL Economics HL Physics HL Math HL or SL? Chemistry HL (I was told to chose 4 HL to have a back up plan, one will be dropped afterwards) thank you
  3. Hello everyone, I am currently doing 4 HL's but I need to drop one as soon as possible. Right now I am taking Math, Physics, Chem and Econ HL. I want to be an astrophysicist. I know that I need to keep Physics HL, I do not know about Math because even though I am strong at math, the teachers say that it will be very challenging for me and I will not be able to get the score I want, but if I drop to Math SL she said that the course would be kinda too easy for me not letting me develop my skills. I have to choose between Chem and Econ which one to drop. If I were to have Physics, math, and chem HL the teachers say I would pick the "death combo", and I can see why. But they complement the best If I were to pick Physics, econ, and chem HL, would I need more maths but should I be okay with just Math SL for astrophysics? or should it be better if I keep Math HL? The other option would be to have Physics, math, and econ HL, in which math would be the most challenging one for me. I have tried the 4 for a semester, and I am allowed to keep it like that for another semester before yr12 starts, but me and my math teacher would like if I decide as soon as possible, if possible before the second semester of my first year starts. Thank you all for your help! All thoughts are welcomed!
  4. Hi, I'm currently in pre-IB and I have to choose my IB courses for next year. I know for sure that I want these classes: - Spanish AB Initio - Math SL - Economics SL - English HL - Chem HL For my last subject, I'm not sure if I should choose Bio HL or Art HL. I want to study dietetics in university. I was first going to choose Bio HL but we had a talk about classes with our IB coordinator and he said not to choose classes based just on what you think you'll need for university. So now I'm confused on what to pick. I enjoy both bio and art. I plan to study at a Canadian university.
  5. I've taken Biology, Chemistry and Business management HL along with English Maths and French (ab) SL. I study IB in India and I would like to know about my options. Medical is the first thing to come to mind but that would require Physics and I do not want to take it up. I am planning to study in India because my dad doesn't want me to study abroad for god knows why and I was wondering what course I could take in Indian colleges I am aware that abroad universities do not require Physics for studying medicine
  6. Hi guys! I will be starting the Pre-IB next year and though I have read as much as I can about the subjects available to me, I just wanted to see if I could get some more opinions on what will give me the best chance of doing well. Some background - I lean pretty strongly towards the English side of things, however I'm also quite good at maths so I'm hoping that will carry me through the rest of the subjects. Anyway, if any of you could offer some insight into my choices then I'd really appreciate it - and hopefully others will also find the poll useful At the moment I am leaning towards the following: English Literature HL Maths HL French SL Economics SL Physics SL Chemistry HL
  7. I need help with IB subject selections. I have just finished my second year of Pre-IB, and will be starting my first year of IB in the fall (Grade 11). However, I am worried about my subject selection for a couple of different reasons. HL: Biology, English Language & Literature, History SL: Math, French B, Chemistry Note that my school does not have many options for IB, and I will attach a picture of the courses available at my school. I am studying at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. I am most concerned about my language B couse and math. Math: I am taking SL, but I am considering taking the Studies course. I received a 70 in Functions 11 this year, which I was very disappointed with. However, I want to study Biology in university, and most universities require Advanced Functions and/or Calculus & Vectors to be considered. My teacher said she could guarantee me a high 6 or low 7 with the studies course, however with SL she could promise maybe a high 4. Should I switch to Studies for the better grade, or stay is SL to keep my options open for Biology programs? Language B: I am taking French, however I am not very good at the subject. I received a high 70 in Grade 10 Pre-IB french, and I struggled at the subject a lot. My grammar is the worst, along with other basic subjects. Would it be wise to switch into Ab Initio Spanish? I also heard I would then have 5 IB exams in May 2019, which isn't something I would look forward to.
  8. I am currently doing IGCSE this year and I have taken global perspectives along with chemistry, physics and biology for my IGCSEs. We have to select our IBDP HL and SL subjects very soon and I have chosen Bio HL and Chem HL but I am confused about my third HL (psychology or english). I know that psychology is easier to score on than english but how hard is psychology HL if it has never been done before? Will bio, chem and psychology become too science based? Or will they go well together? I have heard that universities like diversity in subjects. I enjoy reading and I am equally interested in english and psychology so at this stage it is important for me to decide which one is going to be easier to score on. Also, psychology has just been introduced in out school this year so I am a little skeptical about it. Which HL will help me keep my options open? Which one will be easier to score on? Thank you
  9. Hi! If you could take a moment to help me out I would be SUPER grateful. So I have to choose my subjects in the next few weeks and I'm struggling with what to choose for my Group 3. I am only (kind of) certain of 4 things: Biology HL. Chemistry HL. Math SL. French SL. English SL. (You can let me know if you've taken something similar to this and if you believe my choices are a good idea:) ) My dilemma is over what my Individuals and Societies course will be. My school offers only History and Economics as in class subjects, but if interested (like I am) students can take Psychology online with Pamoja. I am debating between all three because: 1) I'm very interested in Psychology but unsure about taking an online course (If anyone has taken one your opinion and experience is highly valued) 2) My History teacher (who I love) wants me to do History, which I also find interesting but not as useful for my future career ideas (I want to study neurobiology) 3) Economics is interesting to me, may be more useful in the future (than History), and is (according to me if-y research) easier to do well in. So there's my problem. Any advice or ideas are most welcome and appreciated. Thank you!!
  10. Hi, would anyone be able to give me any advice regarding the difficulty of my chosen HL subjects? I'm going into the IB program next year and our subject choices are due in soon. I know two of my SL subjects are going to be Japanese and Math, but I'm not sure what my third SL/HL subject could be. My other four subjects are English, Psychology, Chemistry and Biology, so I can take one of those at SL. My plan was to do HL English, Psychology and Chemistry, but I've been talking to one of the Year 11 IB students, who's informed that I've chosen incredibly difficult subjects for my HL. Psychology and English are especially difficult at high level apparently, and he's recommended doing Economics HL and English SL, leaving my two sciences for my second and third HL. The only problem is that I'm doing Business Studies this year, and I find it incredibly boring. Psychology is something I'm very keen to learn about though, so would my interest in Psychology make up for the difficulty of the course? I'm also interested in doing English HL, as I really want to improve my litererary abilities (although I'm sure the SL will do well in that anyway). I'm not top of my class for English, but I'm in the English Literature course and I'm an A student overall. The other option I might consider is seeing if I can take four HL subjects, and then dropping the most difficult. From what I gathered though, English HL is extremely difficult to get a seven in, and Psychology HL is a lot of memorising studies and drawing conclusions from them. The guy I talked to said he was doing both at a HL and it was a terrible decision, but I haven't talked to many of the other IB students about it.
  11. So I'm currently in my last year of MYP and we have been given the whole IB presentation today and all. So I've been already thinking of what I want to do. And I'm really interested in Graphic Design. In our school they tell us to choose subjects that we like and will enjoy. I'm a person who stresses out quite easily I guess or well a negative thinker. I'm known as an organized student and all but I'm full hopelessness. But anyway, I've decided to do: Visual Arts - HL Design Technology - HL Unknown - HL Spanish - SL English - SL (I'm not sure whether to do Language & Lit or just lit) Math - SL Now for the unknown one, I really don't know what to do. It's the subjects from Group 3. In my school they offer, psych, business, history, econ and geo. I do know that I really don't like History or Geo, so that's out of my list. And I'm left with psych (which I find somewhat interesting, but I'm not sure what i'm going to be dealing with), business & econ (I'm not sure what i'm dealing with. But my dad suggests I take one of them as it matches up and all). I reaaalllly need help :\
  12. Hi, My subject selection application is due tomorrow and I'm having trouble with deciding for my group 3. I plan to take communications in uni and I plan to go to the US. So in this case, history is the more useful choice. Though, I should also consider what I think I'll do better in. I've studied econ before and I felt like I was good at it and I enjoyed it. So now I'm having a dilemma between Econ or History. Which should I go with?
  13. Hello, I am going to start of with the IBDP in less than 6 months and I need some suggestions, opinions, and advice regarding my subject selection. I am interested in science and math. I loathe history and geography (no offence to ppl who like it). The commercial world too fascinates me. Kind of an odd combination but that's just me. I am selecting my subjects based on what I would like to study in the future (university). I am not sure if I want to pursue medicine or engineering. I want to keep both these options open. Based on this, here is my current subject selection: Math HL Chem HL Physics / Biology HL Eng lit SL Economics SL ( I would have taken it at HL but my school Does not offer it) Danish B SL I know the workload is too much but I think I am going to have to do it this way because I am not particularly good in the languages and there is no Eco HL which would have been a blessing, I know I need PCM (physics Chem math) for engineering and Chem for Medicine but I don't know if I will compulsorily need bio for medicine in maybe USA or Australia. Bit of a twisted situation here...any help would be greatly appreciated.
  14. Hi! I'm in the midst of completing my personal project (it's due in about three weeks time) and selecting my subjects for the IB program. I'm interested in majoring in either political science/economy or international relations. These are the subjects I am set on taking: English Lit HLGeography HLMathematics SLIndonesian A SLBiology SL I'm planning on taking two humanities but right now, I'm conflicted as to which one I would like to take between history HL and economics HL. If I'm majoring on international relations instead of political science I know I have to take history HL. And I want to (I love history!) but I'm actually so scared. I've asked my upperclassmen and they all said that I would have to die to get a 7 and getting a 6 is possible but still, incredibly hard to achieve -- not that I'm expecting any of the subjects to be easy, of course. I'm not sure if I want to risk my grades. Also, I know they're changing the syllabus this year and it's going to be quite different from the one's past (now it's out of 8 instead of 7). What should I do -- thoughts, opinions? Oh and what was history HL like if any one of you took it?
  15. I start my ib diploma tomorrow and i was wondering if any one could go over my subject selection and tell me if it's, idk, ok or something? Seriously i just need opinions! Economics HL Physics HL English A HL Chemistry SL Maths SL French ab initio So what do u folks think?
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    Hi there, Next year, I'm planning to take IB at my school, and I just wanted to sort some things out before I begin it so come exam time and/or beginning of next year, I'm not an utter mess when it comes to this. I want to study Medicine in a UK University, so they're kind of tilted according to the preference of the universities there (which are similar to my preferences anyway). Subjects The subjects I'm planning on taking are: Higher Level: History Chemistry Biology Standard Level: English Literature French B Math Do you think they'll be too difficult to manage? I'm more of a 'understand and learn' person rather than plain memorising, and I understand that's kind of a problem with Biology, but I think that I should be fine. I've seen a lot of resources for it, like BioNinja and Stephanie Castle's Youtube page, but I'm still not quite sure. That would be a problem for History, but historical facts just click with me - and I really love history, so that helps. I also love Chemistry, so I find it pretty easy to remember things in it and I'm in Further Science for NCEA and we're doing two chemistry topics that are also in IB (though not to the same extent). My only real concern is French because I'm not particularly good at it. I've been doing it for two years (this is my third year) and I'm not that great at speaking it. Is that going to be a problem? Extended Essay I'm also planning my topic for Extended Essay earlier because of the same reason - when I do get to the moment of what I do, I will freeze up and not be able to think of a thing. The topic I was planning on doing was 'What was the influence of World War I and II on the advancement of medical treatment?" Is that too broad? Would it better if I just concentrated on one World War or a few aspects of medical treatments? Also, does the source of the information impact your grade (i.e. Would you get marked less for using more websites than books?) Standard Level/Higher Level A quick question: is it normal for schools to do standard level in the first year and then higher level in the second depending on your grades? Just wondering. Sorry for the number of questions! Thanks in advance!
  17. I am interested in pursuing economics/politics/political economy/international relations/global studies in university. here are my proposed IB options: Economics HL History HL Math HL Chinese A Lang & Lit SL English A Lang & Lit SL ESS SL I am studying Additional Mathematics and Extended Mathematics for IGCSE now, and doing okay, predicted A for former and A* for latter. But is Additional Mathematics a big jump to Math HL? Do you need to be smart and very capable in math to get at least 6? Really worried now especially I have heard Math HL and History HL have tremendous amounts of workload. Would love some advice please
  18. Hey Guys, I have to choose my subjects for Pre-IB like in the next few day and I am not sure about my choices. I have no idea how hard these subjects are so any feedback should help... So here are the subjects that I was thinking of: Maths HL Physics HL Chemistry HL Business SL/Anticipated French SL English SL Any feedback would help...
  19. Hey! I'm a 10th grader MYP student and I have to submit my subject choices extremely soon and this is what I've decided on: English Language & Literature SL Proficiency: I got the best grade in English in my class. French B SL Proficiency: Best grade in my class. A guaranteed 7 according to my French teacher. Economics SL Proficiency: Haven't taken economics before. However, I did get second best in my class for Business studies, one point away from full. Math HL Proficiency: I am the best among extended math students. While others fail, I get close to top marks. My math teacher said it'd be a breeze for me and that if I don't take the subject, no one else should. Physics HL Chemistry HL Proficiency: Got the best grade in Science in my class. Could someone please give me an idea of how tough this combination might be and how difficult achieving a score of 40+/42 would be? Thanks!
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    A guide by Sevenoaks school in the UK on how to pick your IB subjects.
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