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  1. What is your procedure of retaining new information and organising it? For example, after reading highlighting from the textbook or handouts, do you go about to create notes after class for later preparation? And how does the information here differ from what is given in the textbook?
  2. The second one looks great. The thing is that our school listed the first as a requirement, but since they're both from Pearson, I'm wondering what the difference between the two is (if any)? What is OP?
  3. Can I have your opinion on the following textbooks: http://www.amazon.com/Economics-Diploma-CD-ROM-Ellie-Tragakes/dp/0521186404 http://www.amazon.com/IB-Economics-Edition-diploma-Programme/dp/0198390009 Any other recommendations of excellent economics HL textbooks?
  4. I would like your opinion on the following textbook, if you have used it before: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pearson-Baccalaureate-Mathematics-Diploma-International/dp/0435074962 For maths HL students, are there any textbooks or combination of textbooks which helped you succeed in the course? Any recommendation on other resources on the internet would also be great. Thank you!
  5. Does anyone know if there is much difference between the following two textbooks? http://www.amazon.com/Physics-Principles-Applications-MasteringPhysics-Edition/dp/032168785X http://www.amazon.com/Higher-Level-Physics-IB-Diploma/dp/0435994425 They are both by Pearson but I've been recommended the latter, with many saying that it is one of the best physics textbooks out there. Are there any other textbooks or combinations which you would recommend for PHYSICS HL? Thank you!
  6. My subjects are as follows: HL Maths HL Physics HL Economics SL Visual Art SL French SL English What I'm thinking of studying at university is either engineering, architecture, design, or some other science-based subject. I've been told that it would be a good idea to have art at HL because it keeps my options open, whereas economics is not a requirement for any course. I also understand that visual art is a subject which require a lot of effort, more so than economics in the amount of time you may be spending apparently. Yet for me, I would imagine that I'd already have to put in extra effor
  7. I will start maths hl in fall. I am currently in the standard maths class. 1) Do you know of standard level students who have done well in HL maths? 2) How much time might I have to commit to doing maths each day/week? 3) How can I better prepare for this course on my own during the summer? Any websites, revision textbooks, or other resources which would be helpful? 4) I am working on SAT 2 maths, how difficult is this compared to what's covered in maths hl? 5) What are some general maths skills or habits which are important for maths hl? Any general tips on how to do well? Thank you!
  8. I want to study Engineering, design, or architecture at university (either in the UK or US). I am going into IB next year. 1) Do the top universities in either countries (esp Oxbridge) require work experience for the aforementioned subjects or in general? Or is it recommended? 2) What would you say are the benefits or limitations of doing work experience? 3) How do students usually end up with an internship? Family connections? Why would companies want IB students at 16 or 17? 4) What are some internship possibilities for the subjects I've listed? 5) When do students usually elect to do their
  9. At my school we have to take both French A and English at A or B. I am fluent in English but I don't excel at it. I might struggle with English A especially since I don't enjoy it very much either. I think I would probably score higher doing English B. I would lose my bilingual diploma this way. Any opinions on whether I should tale English A or B? Is the bilingual diploma of any use, given that I can speak and write both English and French just fine?
  10. From what I understand, there are internal and external assessments in the 2 year IB Diploma programme. 1. Are the internal and external assessments the only assessments? Is regular coursework assessed or are there regular unit assessments? 2. When are these assessments taken in the two years? Does all your learning lead to taking a final assessment in the end of IB2 or is there one at the end of IB1 as well? 3. What assessment grades are used as predicted grades for UK universities? Do the ones in IB1 count? 4. In a subject which might not be your strong suit (whether SL or HL), would you s
  11. 1) Yeah, I generally have lots of time for other activities and you can have as well if you manage your time wisely. I don't normally count everything I do as CAS because in my school, they don't count the hours, the only requirement is to do 1 action, 1 service and 1 creativity every week. As my name suggests, I'm really into sport and seriously you DONT HAVE TO GIVE UP everything if you do the IB. I have 3 MUN conferences every year, I watch 12-13 hours of cricket every week and do like 8 CCAs (cas acitivities) and I am surviving quite well in fact. Just remember to devote your time wisely t
  12. I'm starting the IB soon, so I'd like to know the following: 1) Do you find that you have spare time for sports teams/activities or time for other hobbies? 2) Realistically is there a chance that I would be able to attend classes to learn another language on a weekly basis (outside of school) on top of IB work? 3) How much time do you devote to studying per day/week usually? 4) Do you find that you manage to study for the likes of the SAT, subject tests on top of school work?
  13. Hi, I'm interested in pursuing engineering, architecture, or other science/design related careers. ?I have chosen the following subjects for now: HL Maths HL Physics HL Economics SL Visual Arts SL English SL French Maths and physics being the minimal requirements for most top UK engineering courses. Although I might not be able to cope with both of them, which is why I am considering taking 4 higher levels and dropping one of them if need be. Is this a good idea? Also, does anyone know if Visual Arts at either HL or SL is necessary for architecture courses? I believe a portfolio is required f
  14. Not exactly true, I understand that generally you're right, but if you're looking at higher up universities such as LSE, UCL, Oxbridge, they do take into account how many A* GCSEs (or equivalent) you have, as the competition is fiercer they use more means to decipher the best - consistent academic record works in your favour here. They say the average Oxbridge applicant has at least 6 A*s or something, and bear in mind this is applicant and not who gets in! Just saying, generally I think you're correct, but technically it's not a flat out nope because they do look at those, and take them into
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