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  1. Hello! Technically, you can write your Extended Essay in a subject that you aren't taking, as IB doesn't have a rule against it. However, it might be heavily discouraged or not even allowed depending on your school. For example, at my school, EE subjects were only limited to whichever courses a student was taking since the coordinator was worried that we wouldn't have sufficient knowledge of the subject in terms of what IB is looking for. Getting an 'A' on the EE is already a feat in and of itself, and even more so if it's not done in an exam subject. In my opinion, it would be easier to
  2. Hello! I don't think I can definitively give you an answer specific to CS as I don't personally take the course, but generally your final grade should be based on the May exams as well as the IA. Your predicted mark might influence university applications if you're applying, though. IB will moderate a sample of the highest scoring, middle scoring, and lowest scoring IAs, but I don't know the exact number off the top of my head for a class of 7. So, your mark may rise, stay the same, or drop if yours is sent off to IB (well, I suppose it can't go down if your teacher really does give you a 1, b
  3. Hello! I think I tried to answer this on the main page of this website but I figured I'd give you an answer here as well! So, at my school, there's a teacher in charge of managing EE submissions, and on the teacher's page of the IBIS / eCoursework portal teachers can either accept or reject the submission. I would assume that it'd be similar for you too? Students can't change their uploaded file if they already confirmed and submitted it, so it's up to the teacher. If you do know who to ask, just explain the situation to them and they can easily reject your essay submission for you to reu
  4. I felt exactly the same as you do right now in the first year of IB. I didn't fundamentally understand TOK. I was one of the students who participated in class the least because of what I assumed to be my lack of understanding and I also felt really bad during group presentations because of that, too. To some extent, I still feel the same now. Contrary to Certified_IB_Cultist, TOK spans for both years of IB at my school, so I'm not sure how it's structured for you. However, I can say that by year 2 of IB, TOK seems to have gotten better over time? Maybe things will start connecting and cl
  5. Time management is key! It's probably one of the most important, if not the most important thing to keep in mind to be successful. If you can, try to start your assignments as early as possible so deadlines don't pile up. For example, many people in my English Literature class definitely struggle with time management, and many of us stayed up (with a few not sleeping at all) trying to annotate a book last-minute, as it was due the next morning. The more you procrastinate, the less sleep you'll end up getting, and I really do think that pulling an all-nighter would be less than ideal (espe
  6. Sorry if I'm wrong, but it seems like you're using ESS as your group 4 subject? Since you have Business Management for group 3, would it actually be possible to switch into Psychology as it's also another group 3 subject rather than a group 4? I'm also about 10 weeks into year one, and one of my friends wanted to swap her subjects. She had a similar experience to you in that our IB coordinator also discouraged changing courses so late, and as of now, she hasn't changed of her courses. Maybe it's just best to see what your IB coordinator replies to your dad with, and go on from there? Anyw
  7. I feel like the requirement of taking at least one course in every group (well, excluding group 6) is for the sake of building more well-rounded individuals. It's natural to have courses that you're strong in, and courses that you struggle with. If you really want to take three sciences, you could perhaps consider taking the third science as an elective, if time permits? Just something I wanted to mention for you to think about. Unfortunately, I don't know any university courses that match your requirements. Good luck with your search! ^^
  8. Hey, I'm another first year IB student here. Honestly, I can relate in that I've considered dropping out of the program within the first few weeks of the program, but I keep telling myself that I should stick with it longer to get a better idea of what IB really entails. I'm rooting for you guys! You can do it. :') Stress can be a good thing, but being overly stressed definitely isn't great. Thinking of the accomplishment of (hopefully) getting the diploma, as well as the challenge in the program itself is my motivation to keep going, haha. You're the best judge of whether or not you shou
  9. Completed! Wow, great job editing all of those photos. Admittedly, I did have trouble choosing between the pictures-- it was pretty difficult for me to decide, haha. I hope you get enough responses for your IA!
  10. Done! I think it's pretty cool that you're doing an EE on games. Good luck with your data collection!
  11. Also done! Interesting topic you have there. Good luck with the rest of your data collection!
  12. Yes, from what I've read, ESS seems to be considered one of the easier/easiest sciences to take. It's also addressed in this thread: I don't think the science you end up taking would matter too much if you're pursuing music/business, since they don't really relate to the sciences, but you could maybe double check with the universities that you're interested in to see if they have any specific science requirements for music/business. Good luck!
  13. Currently reading/will be reading... Macbeth Antigone The Reader Arcadia Chronicle of a Death Foretold One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Personally, I find it difficult to understand the Shakespearean language and old English in general, so Macbeth and Antigone are a bit of a struggle right now. I've read a bit of The Reader and think that it's pretty good so far, however.
  14. In super simple terms, the EE (Extended Essay) is a mandatory 4,000-word research essay that can be done on any of your IB subjects. I've found that this blog written by @LangLitProf does a really great job in explaining the EE in-depth, and what you might need to know about it. (Link: https://medium.com/@drewsparkman/the-extended-essay-basic-information-and-creating-a-focused-topic-80d6b4df7468) I believe that somebody has already asked about IAs before, so I'll also leave the link here: As for the Group 4 project, I'm not entirely sure (truthfully, I have two more weeks til the IB
  15. No problem, happy to hear that I could help! ^^ I realize that your question has already been answered, but I'll also vouch for Amazon, because I do think that your best bet would be buying from them if these calculators aren't as accessible where you live. And yes, the calculator-buying struggle is real! Because I live in Canada, there are a few stores where I can physically purchase and pick-up graphing calculators, so using an online store wasn't completely necessary in my case. However, when I cross-referenced the prices with Amazon (at the time, I was also considering buying mi
  16. Just wanted to say that your blog is fantastic! The posts are really thorough, and they provide lots of useful information that I can refer back to once I start the DP in a few weeks. Especially the post explaining EEs, though while I think it's still a bit too early for me to start worrying about it, your blog has helped me better understand how the Extended Essay works more than anything else I've read so far. I'll leave the blog bookmarked-- can't wait to see more posts in the future!
  17. I agree with kw0573 in that folders are more convenient, and while I personally prefer them over binders, I think you should just stick with whatever you used prior to the IB-- as long as it has worked for you and helped with whatever you needed to organize. Everybody is different, so just use whatever works for you! ^^ My pencil case tends to be over-stuffed with a plethora of things like lead pencils, lead, erasers, all sorts of colored pens and highlighters, white out, glue, scissors... but just the basics of having a few pens, pencils, lead (for lead pencils), an eraser, and one highl
  18. Hello! I'd asked this question to my math HL teacher a while ago, and she said she recommended the TI 84 Plus, TI 84 Plus C, or TI 84 Plus CE. Personally, I ended up going with the TI 84 Plus CE, because it seems to be the newest model in the TI 84 series, but the other ones work just fine if you don't have a large enough budget to get the CE. I previously owned the TI nspire non-CAS, but I found it much more difficult to use than the TI 84 because the buttons were very unfamiliar to me and took a while to learn. I used this scientific calculator (https://education.ti.com/en/products
  19. I see, thank you so much for your comprehensive answer! I appreciate it a lot, and it most definitely helps. I think I'll be sticking with my HLs despite the difficulty, becuase unfortunately I'm not as interested in any of my SL classes enough to bring them up to HL instead. I guess I'll see once I start the IB in a couple of weeks though, haha. Thanks again!
  20. Hello, everyone! I'm planning on taking Math, Chemistry, and Physics for my HL courses, but I feel a bit lost as to what I want to pursue as a career after university and such. Out of the three subjects, I'm very interested in math (more so than the other two subjects), so at some point, I considered being a math teacher when I'm older, but other people have also suggested that engineering could also be a reasonable choice for me. There are so many types of engineering though, and I don't really know the difference between them. I don't know what I should be doing. So, I just wanted
  21. Also done! Good luck with your IA.
  22. Since this seems like a very specific question that only applies to the secondary school you're talking about, I'm not sure if there will be anyone that can answer these questions in time for your exam. Would it be possible to ask the school about what kind of test it will be? I think it'd be more reliable to have the information directly rather than relying on others, especially when the answers seem so varied? If you're really intent on studying, and you want to feel super prepared, perhaps you can just study the subjects you aren't doing as well in? If it ends up being on the exam
  23. Additionally, if you're really worried about your Physics 11 mark affecting your transcript, you can always retake the class for a better mark. I'm not sure how transcripts in Ontario work, but this is under the assumption that they're more or less the same across Canada. Many students at my school, for example, will retake courses that they didn't score too well in for the sake of bettering their transcript. However, it's your IB scores that matter the most, so I think you should (hopefully) be fine if you do well in everything else, since physics won't be a pre-requisite to whatever you're a
  24. Yes, but keep in mind that the OP is from Italy, so presumably they wouldn't have to write a French assessment. Anyways, by now they definitely would've written their exam. Hopefully everything went well!
  25. I had to write an entrance exam to qualify for the IB Program, but this was more so something that the school arranged. For me, it was also a math and English-based test, though in my experience, the math was based on more "thinking" type of problems? As in, the mathematical calculations weren't very difficult. English was more reading comprehension, and a short timed (20-minute) paragraph piece. Oh, and critical thinking questions, but I'm not sure if that counts as English. However, my friend who also applied to the IB Program (at another school in our city) also wrote an exam, but it w
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