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  1. Two HL sciences is difficult. But if it is any encouragement, many of the options of Chem HL are biologically oriented-especially human biochem, environmental chem, and to an extent medecines and drugs. At my school the Bio kids in Chem HL almost without exception do better on paper three than everyone else. Just be warned, and this may sound repetitive, but doing two HL sciences is a massive amount of work in comparison to say, an HL language A1 or History class. Im not gonna repeat what everyone else is saying, but that's my two cents.
  2. Lol, you're not reactionary; I thought your statement was. I should have been paying more attention, however. I started writing my original response to the other person while you were writing your first post. I didn't look, and I made myself look rather foolish as a result. But the waiting schtick is probably best. There's a reason the police on the east coast are on high alert at the moment. In regards to the Al Qaeda stuff-terrorism definitely is amorphous at this point. Osama was a symbol. I just hope they don't get another one.
  3. heh, I think my sleepy contentions are more than slightly effected by outside factors. Didn't see it as a condemnation though-more of a reactionary statement-which I can never really resist having fun with. I will not offer any more substance to this matter until after my testing over the next three weeks. There is no point.
  4. Evidence suggests that the American started the firefight...so really it's not all that great. I agree with your casualty rhetoric, however. The so called "gut reaction" is a reason to not have put him on trial...and my country is so hypocritical that to cite our "founding principles" is hogwash. Our country was designed on slavery and it was founded on the killing and displacement of natives. The American way is not usually morally right, or simple. I am not trying to incite, and on an international forum I would lose by press gang.
  5. Historical fiction is a vague category. If you want to be techincal then the Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden isn't half bad. A broader interpretation would certainly have to include The Three Musketeers and War and Peace. While the plot of War and Peace definitely did not happen, a lot of it is based off of historical accounts.
  6. Last year a dude in my class had a small stroke (or at least that's what the doctor suspected) and still had to take his spanish sl exam...when it comes to reprieves those people suck
  7. They don't necessarily value IB less than AP. In fact IB is generally considered la creme de la creme-generally they think it's better, if implemented correctly. In the U.S, a lot of IB schools are downright horrible-in fact, I go to one. Universities know this, and will discriminate appropriately. AP schools are on average better executed than IB schools in the U.S. SO even though they are a helluva lot easier, they can be better. Universities know which ones are good and which ones aren't. I think your strategy is good (applying to all of them), but it will be costly-application fees are s
  8. All lies. I also thought it meant a free pass to second year university, but it doesn't. Some university may count your credits for enough to skip a year, but most don't. Plus you need to get really good grades to even qualify for these credits. I wouldn't know, but supposedly university is way way easier than IB. It's excessive difficulty serves no purpose but to make you miserable. It doesn't increase your knowledge at all. Not only won't you remember anything from high school once you enter "the real world", but anything that IB kids do that normal kids don't do will simply be repeated in t
  9. I feel like I got to this thread a little late. But if you are gutsy and have time to do a little extra research, someone could do a design lab on electroplating. You could set up a plating bath and measure the effects of numerous variables on the rate of deposition. For example, kinetic theory predicts that the higher the temp, the higher the rate. Or you could even talk about how the charge value (what Drake meantions) affects the rate. heh, I hope this was not generic.
  10. I think Daedalus mentioned it but the Ivies are a lottery... But in order to be considered for the lottery you generally need to have test scores in the 2200 range (97th percentile or higher would be nice), high IB scores (not necessarily a 40/45, just high enough to make you stand out from the rest of the people at your school), and decent subject tests (700+ is essential). There are exceptions, however. If you are a stand out in one particular field, say, for example, science, and have demonstrated unusual skill at an early age (like maybe published something in an academic journal), then in
  11. No fair! You knew the answer... NP doesn't like chocolate!
  12. Yeah, I would contribute. Sounds like a nifty idea Most of my contributions would be for sciences and history-my language notes would probably help no one!!!
  13. Now there's a question! There are multiple avenues to success here. Some people are not compatible with all methods, so it's essential that you discover for yourself what is the best way for you. Revision and review are necessary for success. In chemistry, notes are your best friend. Even if it is just standard level stuff, your lecture notes are extremely beneficial. You may want to just reread them over and over again. This is a simple way to review the material. I would consider making attempts to solve mock questions, and if you can, perhaps taking some mock exams. You should be able to ge
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