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Hello fellow IB friends!

Currently I am taking hl chem, sl french, sl bio and sl math. However, I am having trouble completing all of my homework and at times, I don't understand a concept and have to put it away until a week or so just because I don't have time. I don't know how to handle these particular subjects and balancing the homework especially from sl math and hl chem. As such, I am really behind in HL chem, because I was trying to catch up in math (which I'm still behind in as of now ._.)

Are there any general tips for me in terms of handling these particular subjects? Whats the real truth behind it; is it really possible to finish EVERYTHING thats assigned?

 Do you think I should get started on my homework RIGHT away and study till night time non stop? I try to do this but I either have volunteering, get tired and/or end up getting sidetracked. I try to sleep at around 11-12 (because thats recommended) but perhaps this is not going to work out and I may have to stay up later?

Thank you so much for your help in advance, seriously all help will be appreciated! 

Sincerely,

Just a stressed ib kid 

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Greetings, 

You echo many IB students inner and outer feelings. As to general tips, I would suggest a method to prioritize what HW means more. One of the ways of doing this is leveling the importance of each. Note taking may also help you and I would suggest the Cornell note-taking method this might help you when looking back at your notes to study. I will post a link on what exactly it is and how to use it. In short, you divide your paper in one third then divide at the bottom of your paper this creates 3 sections. The main section for notes, the sidebar for summarizing or keywords, and the bottom for the conclusion. Can also prioritize HW and assessments by a grid-like system where at the top left is urgent then top right not urgent and both under are not important. Obviously urgent and important are the closest and biggest assessments. Important and not urgent being long-term high-grade assessments what you don't forget. Not important and urgent are the daily quiz grades or small assessments what don't mean to much on your overall grade.

cornell note taking

https://www.inklyo.com/cornell-note-taking-system/ 

As to chem if you like videos I will link a guy under he does a really good job making complex topics easier to understand. I will post some other links some videos and some more notes these might help as well. 

Video sources 

https://www.mrwengibchemistry.com/topic-3-periodicity.html

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKyCBclmK1dqPj9r3iw5gA

Text sources 

https://thesciencecodex.wordpress.com/ib-chemistry/ Really good text one 

https://iblingswe.wixsite.com/home/chemistry-hl

As far as study goes Homework needs to be done as much as possible but can't forget studying because the major grades come off of studying and knowledge. For me depending on how much homework I have I do homework for one hour more then I will study to understand what I learned for the day. So if I do homework for 3 hours I study for two. If the topic is really hard I will study for longer then I do Homework. You can keep your sleep schedule if you balance your time right, but it would be no free time or sidetracked. Realliticly with the IB 9 or fewer hours is probaly what most students are sleeping on trying to fit HW, studying, and sidetracked into each and every day. We are human so being sidetracked is second nature... when you don't understand a concept. Last tip if you can't understand something do study breaks focus on it for 20 mins at a time and take a five-minute break then study 20 mins again and repeat tell you to understand it. This keeps your mind fresher and ready to learn this complex topic.

Hope this helped, feel free to message me with any questions.

 

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46 minutes ago, Wyatt Berckenhoff said:

Greetings, 

You echo many IB students inner and outer feelings. As to general tips, I would suggest a method to prioritize what HW means more. One of the ways of doing this is leveling the importance of each. Note taking may also help you and I would suggest the Cornell note-taking method this might help you when looking back at your notes to study. I will post a link on what exactly it is and how to use it. In short, you divide your paper in one third then divide at the bottom of your paper this creates 3 sections. The main section for notes, the sidebar for summarizing or keywords, and the bottom for the conclusion. Can also prioritize HW and assessments by a grid-like system where at the top left is urgent then top right not urgent and both under are not important. Obviously urgent and important are the closest and biggest assessments. Important and not urgent being long-term high-grade assessments what you don't forget. Not important and urgent are the daily quiz grades or small assessments what don't mean to much on your overall grade.

cornell note taking

https://www.inklyo.com/cornell-note-taking-system/ 

As to chem if you like videos I will link a guy under he does a really good job making complex topics easier to understand. I will post some other links some videos and some more notes these might help as well. 

Video sources 

https://www.mrwengibchemistry.com/topic-3-periodicity.html

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKyCBclmK1dqPj9r3iw5gA

Text sources 

https://thesciencecodex.wordpress.com/ib-chemistry/ Really good text one 

https://iblingswe.wixsite.com/home/chemistry-hl

As far as study goes Homework needs to be done as much as possible but can't forget studying because the major grades come off of studying and knowledge. For me depending on how much homework I have I do homework for one hour more then I will study to understand what I learned for the day. So if I do homework for 3 hours I study for two. If the topic is really hard I will study for longer then I do Homework. You can keep your sleep schedule if you balance your time right, but it would be no free time or sidetracked. Realliticly with the IB 9 or fewer hours is probaly what most students are sleeping on trying to fit HW, studying, and sidetracked into each and every day. We are human so being sidetracked is second nature... when you don't understand a concept. Last tip if you can't understand something do study breaks focus on it for 20 mins at a time and take a five-minute break then study 20 mins again and repeat tell you to understand it. This keeps your mind fresher and ready to learn this complex topic.

Hope this helped, feel free to message me with any questions.

 

Thank you so much for your detailed insight! I really appreciate it since I am still new into the program :) 

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