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Shall I change English from HL to SL? Help? x_x

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Hello :)

So I think I need major advice and help, and I'd greatly appreciate it <3 !!

Ok, so the situation is the following:

I am doing the full IB Diploma, however a Non-regular diploma. I am doing English A2, Biology, and Chemistry as HL and Math, Physics and Arabic A2 as SL. I am not a native English speaker, but I have been studying English for 10 years so I consider it as a first language as well. My mother-tongue language is Arabic. Although I love my language, I am doing English as HL instead because I am planning to study abroad (hopefully) and I think it will help me greatly and improve my English. The problem is that my teacher is very bad. She does nothing with us in terms of work. We are currently doing 1984 by George Orwell. She explains the book well, but she goes off topic so much and she does not work with us. We haven't done any essays or questions or anything at all. She didn't even discuss the layout of the IB examinations or the criterion with us, and I think I am failing. I cannot change the level now for two reasons. First, I cannot change any of the sciences or math, because the school does not offer math or physics at HL level. So, this leaves me with the choice of switching it with Arabic. Since we are already half way through the year, if I switch I would have to catch up with so much work in addition to the usual work we get. This means I would end up dying of sleep deprivation and utter exhaustion! So shall I switch levels or?

The other thing is that even if I end up switching that would be after my midterms that start on January the 12th. This means I am stuck with English for now. The midterms' papers will be similar to the IB's, this is the school's way of helping us get ready. I really do not want to give up on English HL. I am willing to work and all only if someone guides me to which how I should study and what should I do? I don't mind putting in the extra effort. I am really determined. If anyone is doing English A2 HL regardless of the book etc.. can you please help me with some guidelines your teacher told you. For example, how to answer paper 1, what to mention in your paper 2 essay.. I would be very grateful :')

It would be awesome if you are willing to become my study buddy or something like that, we can help each other and stuff :)

Thank you so much in advance!

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