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  1. Hey, everyone, I'm a bit new to the forum so sorry if the post might be a bit complicated/unclear. I have a question supposed to get simple and nice/easy however it gets complicated sadly, about my IB choices... So first of all, I think I'm a really good student this year (I like to think), so my grades are decent (mostly As). The thing is, I'm really not sure of what I would like to do in the future, and this is causing problems in terms of choices for my IB subjects. The topics in which I am the most interested in general (after high school, as a potential degree or something) would be the following: Psychology, Business Management, Biology, Economics, Engineering. For the moment, in terms of my choices for the IB, I still have 9 subject choices open and need to cut down the options to 6!! Here are my options still left/which I think I'll take: French A Lang. & Lit SL English A Lit. SL Physics/Chemistry/Biology HL Economics/Psych/Business HL Mathematics HL Taking an extra subject (probs HL), no arts, so it would be an extra from the choices above. My school told me they would authorize me to take 4 HLs if needed at the beginning of the school year and then drop one if I want to, or not, depending on how I would feel about it. Sorry for the post being so long, but thanks for the help!! thanks for answering!! and thanks for reading!!
  2. Help! I am yet to start the IB, and I cant decide whether to choose Economics or ESS at SL. I would like to study pharmaceuticals at university, so neither of them are to important. So do I go to ESS because it is easier, and max my score, or do economics, because it might be helpful when Im already in a job. Thank you
  3. I need some urgent guidance regarding my IB subject choices for next year!!! This is what I've entered; English Lit A HL Economics HL History HL Maths SL Environmental systems and societies SL Mandarin ab initio SL However, I still have the opportunity to make changes so I thought I'd ask for some thoughts on them before I finalise. First of all - do they seem optimal for law at Russel Group/Ivy Leauge unis? English Lit, Economics, Maths and Mandarin are more or less definite so I am left with two concerns; I am considering swapping out History HL to Global Politics HL. Mainly because Global Politics appeared very interesting but also as I reckon History will be much harder to get a good score in. I came to UK boarding school this year which is year 11/5th form so I am doing an accelerated GCSE course - meaning my subject choices for GCSE were limited and I couldn't do the full GCSE for History (I have history lessons for experience but am not sitting exams). On the other hand, though, I know History is well respected by unis and sure would benefit me if I'll study law. Help!!! History HL or Global Politics HL? Second concern - At first I didn't doubt choosing ESS for a second because I just wanted to get rid of the sciences but I have heard a lot recently, even from the teacher of ESS, that it is a soft subject. I got A*s in all my triple science mocks and am predicted A*s as well - so it is not that I would struggle with for example Biology; I just chose ESS purely because I don't find bio/chem/physics interesting. Is it really such a "soft subject" and does it even matter if I want to do law/international relations etc. at uni? if so should I consider biology instead?
  4. Hi, I am currently an MYP student and the time to choose my subjects for next year is coming up so I just wanted some advice on what people thought of my choices and whether I'm biting off more than I can chew. For background knowledge about my subject choices, I'm aiming to get into a CS college. HL - Math, Physics, Computer Science SL - English, Spanish, ESS I know that chemistry is traditionally a subject for CS but I'm personally very bad with the subject and I've heard that HL and SL chem are quite difficult, and considering the fact that my HL's are already quite rigorous on their own, I wasn't sure if it was the best idea to add chem to the workload. I'm also not really sure about ESS yet, I want to take either ESS or a humanities subject that won't be as demanding as some of the other options. So I'm just wondering whether my subject choices are cohesive and whether I should be taking chem or maybe switching out ESS for a humanities subject? Thanks for reading.
  5. Hi, could your rate my subject selection? I'm thinking of taking: Business and Management HL Psychology HL English B HL Polish Lang Lit SL Biology SL Mathematics SL Is my subject choice open to careers, please let me know.
  6. Hi everyone, I am just about to start the second semester of my gr 11 year, and as such I am beginning my extended essay. I am writing on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and I have come up with the following question: How does the use of colours in Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief underline how Death comes to understand the dichotomy between the concepts of beauty and brutality? I would like some feedback about the broadness/narrowness of this question and if people think it is a viable EE topic with significant material to write a well-developed essay on. Thank you!
  7. What subject combination at HL and SL are the best to become an astrophysicist, especially if you are looking at a pretty high level university like UoT?
  8. Hello fellow IBers. I have the following problem. My school only offers two language B classes- German B and Spanish B. I already know Polish but since my school is in Poland already runs it as A lang and I had reached the conclusion that without a comprehensive background with Polish schooling doing the school course is nearly impossible. Now I started doing German B, however the problem I have is that it seems to be a waste of time. I want to work for a certain agency in the US government (and the government in general if I fail to get in) and have been told by pretty high ranking people and read in official documents that German and Spanish are languages which no one needs at all since they already got tons of people who know them. I've narrowed the list of languages down to two- Russian and Japanese (at the ab inito level). The first should be relatively easy to learn as I know Polish already. Japanese on the other hand is much harder, but since there is a phonetic writing system in place (Kana) you aren't required to learn too many of the Kanji symbols and there's more high quality materials and entertainment to use as a base for studying it at home. NOW HERE THE QUESTION ACTUALLY STARTS So due to all I've written about above, I want to get my school to start up a new class. As far as I am concerned the only requirements are #1- 3 people willing to take part in it and #2 a teacher qualified to lead it. My school has no teachers qualified for any B languages outside Spanish and German. Assuming condition #1 is met: Since we are still in "pre-IB" would it be possible for the school to hire a teacher who would become an IB qualified educator by next year and have him begin teaching us this year? Would it be possible for my school to arrange online classes with a teacher from a different IB school or with IB qualifications in general? I want to know this before I reach out to my coordinator so that I can make a stronger case towards establishing such a new class (The IB call center staff is no longer considered to be a good info source after they told me of things contrary to the basic regulations doc). I know I could try to learn another language for creativity, but that's hard to do since I would have to study German in addition and for me getting an ok grade in German is currently more time consuming then keeping up 6's in all other subjects. Thank you for your help in advance!
  9. Hey there! I'm a student from Poland and I'm about to start my IB Programme next year. I was wondering if anyone could help me with my subjects choices. The subject that is required in Poland is actually Polish and I want to take Polish SL. I also want to take Spanish HL and English HL and I'm sure about it. Now, I'm not quite sure yet about other subjects. I need to take Maths, but now I have no idea whether I should take it SL or HL? I've always had A's in Maths but I know that HL Maths is difficult and I just don't know. Especially that based on what I know, most tasks are "Prove this and that..." and I hate proofs. Then, about social studies. I was thinking about Psychology SL (if I took Maths HL) or Geography HL (with Maths SL). Could you tell me your opinion on those subjects? Tbh I think that I would like Geo more but I heard that in my high school Psychology's so much better, our teacher is really cool. I don't know whether I should take the class I like more or the one that is more fun, cause we I don't expect a lot of it in other classes. And, the last subjects (yeah, forget TOK) - physical sciences. I don't know why, but in my school we don't really have a choice there. We only have biology, chemistry and physcis. I would definetly take it SL cause I suck at all of them. And yes, my grades are good in those too (A's and B's) but I just don't like them. Which one did you take and would you recommend it? If I could I would also take Photography but my school doesn't offer it, so I have to deal with what they have. I would really appreciate your help and every single answer.
  10. Hello... So I am about to finish my MYP year and I will be starting my Ib diploma next term. The subjects choice I have made are HL subjects: English A: lang and lit, Physics and business SL subjects: French ab initio, Math and chemistry I am really worried about english because in my MYP year, I have got mostly a 5. Do you think I should do SL instead of HL? What do you think about my IB subjects? (mainly in term of difficulty)
  11. Hello, I have finished Grade 10 and will embark upon my IBDP journey starting this August. Quite a few people seemed to be concerned with the difficulty of my course selection. I have chosen the subjects below: Mathematics HL Physics HL English Language and Literature (A2) HL Chemistry SL Business and Management SL Chinese B SL I want to pursue Computer Science in university, hence is why I think Math HL is a must, and I also think that Physics HL would be useful. I am very fluent in Chinese and B SL would not be a problem. What concerns me is Math HL and Physics HL; I enjoy Math and Physics a lot, but I am not necessarily 'good' at Physics. Could anyone give advice on my choices? Help would be appreciated
  12. Hello everyone, So I chose these subjects for IB: SL native language and economics HL English (compulsory in our school), Maths, chemistry and biology. What do you guys think about it? What career prospects do I have? I'm thinking of studying something related to chemistry or maths+economics. Is my set of subjects OK for it? Also I have 4 HLs, which is a bit worrying. Maybe I should/could switch something, and if so, what? EDIT: Our coordinator forced me to change one of my HLs to SL. What would you suggest? I am thinking of dropping HL biology to SL or maybe changing it for physics SL. What do you guys think? Isn't it kind of useless to have a science SL since universities pretty much don't care about it? Thanks in advance!
  13. I'm currently taking IGCSE, and taking my boards in May. My school is somewhat new, so we don't have much of a choice when it comes to subjects(in IGCSE). These are the subjects I'm currently taking, with their subject code for reference: All are Extended where applicable. Mathematics (580) English Language Arts (500) ICT (417) Spanish (530) Physics (625) Chemistry (620) Biology (610) Economics (455) These are the IB subjects that my school offers: Group 1: English A Language and Literature HL/SL Group 3: Business and Management HL/SL Economics HL/SL History HL/SL Psychology HL/SL Environmental Systems & Societies SL Group 4: Physics HL/SL Chemistry HL/SL Biology HL/SL Environmental Systems & Societies SL Computer Science HL/SL Group 5: Mathematics HL/SL Math Studies SL Group 6: Visual Arts HL/SL I haven't listed Group 2 since I'm sure I'll take Spanish B(I've been taking Spanish for the past 4 years). I'll also be taking a different subject in place of Visual Arts. I'm still not too sure what I'd like to do in the future. Personally, I'd like to take Computer Science and Psychology at HL, since I love them a lot. I don't have too much knowledge on Psychology aside from books I've read, but I'm very interested in it. I'm pretty sure I'll be taking Mathematics at SL since I'm not great enough that I think I can take it at HL, and Math Studies isn't usually accepted by many colleges. I'm not too sure what to take as another HL or SL though. English will obviously be one, but although I like it a lot, at the moment, I can't score too well at it, usually a B, and occasionally an A. I do like Economics, however I'm not too sure on it either.
  14. I'm taking English A literature as one of my IB subjects and I was wondering whether the following research question for my EE would be relevant to my subject: How and why does the English language influence our way of thinking and hence, behaving in comparison to other languages?
  15. Hello, I'm just starting my extended essay. My subject is English. I want to analyse archetypes in The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. If I picked a few situational archetypes, a few character archetype and maybe a few setting archetype and I discussed them in my essay and took passages from the book that would prove that this archetype is present in this story would that work? Is it too broad of a subject? Should I keep it to one sort of archetype only? This is my school's first year in the diploma so we don't know what would be considered as a vague topic.
  16. I have chosen these IB subjects, and now I am thinking that some of them, such as Geography HL and ESS SL are too weak....IDK. I wanted to change them on Biology SL and History HL, but it was too late. Do you think that my subjects are fine to apply to prestigious universities if I get very good grades on them? English B HL Geography HL Economics HL Maths SL ESS SL Russian A SL
  17. What IB subject(s) do you find most difficult and easy? For me I find English Literature the hardest. I'm more of a maths/science person so I commonly struggle to interpret literature. My easiest subject is probably Economics, being the subject I spend the least time on, because the concepts are quite simple and require minimal studying
  18. Hello people, So I started the IB this September and I chose Physics SL as a science. I want to go into social science, so I just chose the experimental one that I disliked the least. I'm actually a good physics student, but I hate my teacher and I don't think I can handle his classes for much longer. So, I've been thinking about moving to Bio SL/ ESS because the teachers are amazing and they might make me like the subjects (that happened with math - in the 9th grade I hated it, but then I got a good teacher and am now doing HL ) What do I do? Is SL Bio easy? Is ESS too easy (I heard it was kind of made fun of and frowned upon by universities)? Thank you, fellow martyrs!
  19. Im a year 11 student and I would like to know whether my combination is good or whether I should expect any obscure workload and what to watch out for. I take the following subjects- HL Computer Science HL Economics HL Business Management SL English Literature SL French B SL Math (not studies) SL Physics Is this a good combination for any field? If so can you please mention because I am not sure of what to do in the future. Thank you!! >o<
  20. Hi, I need to choose a topic for my EE and I'm unsure between choosing History or Biology. The only reason I would choose Biology is because in university I would like to do something related with either Biology or Medicine. Otherwise I would much prefer to do in History since I'm positive I'll achieve greater marks. My question is if my subject of choice will have any influence on wether I'm accepted into a Medicine or Biology course. I've heard that EE are great to talk about during interviews and can be something that show your interest in that particular area. Is that something I should keep in mind or will I be totally fine if I choose to do my EE in History?
  21. Hello, i am stuck on my EE in History. Currently i am still in first research weeks and i came across this problem: Basically my topic is "The evolution of the enigma encrypting technique and its role during the second world war", and the research question is "To what extend would a failed decipher of the enigma have changed the second world war?". Firstly, i have not included the evolution of the enigma bit in the research question, however i definitely want to include something like a possible change in WW2 in the EE. Is this dramatic, or is this okay? Secondly, i really want to include other information about the enigma in the EE (e.g. the evolution of the actual encrypting technique), however i have read that the History EE has to be strictly argumentative in the IB Guide. Is this a miss interpretation or is it possible to actually combine information with the argumentation? And Finally, is it compulsory to write the History EE argumentative? Yes or No? and if Yes do you guys think that the research question still fits the topic? Thank you very much for any future responses...
  22. Hey, so I'm about to start IB in one month. Hopefully I made the right choice. In university I would like to study economics, finance or marketing, but there is also a part of me who wants to study biochemistry or something like biomedical engineering. My first and almost definite choice is economics, yet I don't know which subject combination would be best for me between: 1. English HL (obligatory course in my school) 2. Spanish HL (obligatory course in my school) 3. Business and Management HL (there is no economics in my school) 4. Math SL (there is no math HL in my school) 5. Chemistry (I will take it HL if I am able to manage the workload) 6. Biology SL or 1. English HL 2. Spanish HL 3. Business and Management HL 4. Math SL 5. History (I will take it HL if I am able to manage the workload) 6. Biology What subjects do you believe are best for me?
  23. Hello! I'm starting IB2 in Sweden now, but I'm still not sure which subjects will be the best for me. I don't know what I want to be when I'm older, but I want to go to an University in the UK. I chose Math SL, Swedish A Lang Lit SL, English B HL, History SL, Biology HL and Psychology HL. Should I switch History SL with Chemistry SL? Will it generally give me more universities to choose from? What do you think? I really enjoy Chemistry a lot, but I'm pretty bad at it... So I would get a higher grade in History. Thank you!
  24. 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.
  25. goingtoib

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    Hey! I'm might entering the IB curriculum starting this week, so I would appreciate some response regarding my IB subjects; English Lang & Lit HL Economics HL Physics HL Math SL Biology SL Swedish Lang & Lit SL After thorough consideration, I personally figured out that this may be a reasonably challenging combination with a balance of essay writing and problem solving. However, I am concerned about me being prepared for the subjects academically. 1. English is not my first language, however throughout the years I've always attained a good grade in as it's been one of my stronger subjects. Being nearly fluent in writing and oral communication, is it possible to get a good grade in it even though I'm not a native? 2. Is Physics HL mathematically too hard if I take Math SL? From what I understand, physics is more about learning new concepts and applying them to problems using math as "support". Am I wrong/ is it solely based on math at a higher level? 3. Is Bio SL an easy/hard subject? I've decided on Bio SL though elimination of the remaining subjects I don't enjoy. I also believe that it'll maintain the rigour of my combination (as it's respected by colleges), but in a "less challenging" manner. I've also had quite some experience with the subject, hence why I believe parts of it will be more of a repetition. 4. Is it too hard to juggle two language A courses? Swedish is my first language and I've always been pretty good at in school so taking it isn't really a question for me- (But if you guys have had this subject, please share some insight on it's difficulty, content etc). Also, I'm assuming that the two Lang & Lit subjects go in line with each other since they're the same in terms of structure. Won't that make it easier, considering that I can do similar work in both subjects, only in different languages? To sum it up, I would be very thankful if you can answer as many above mentioned questions as possible + give me some general tips and insight on the subjects I'm taking (like how you find the subject etc). Thanks!!
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