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  1. I found paper 1 frustrating - I ended up with a lot of messy algebra and working - and I felt I could have done a lot better. However, in contrast I found paper 2 much better. Which is strange as I usually prefer paper 1 to paper 2...
  2. Of course not!? Most schools base IB predicted grades on the results of mid-year IB2 exams - like the final internal "practice" exams before you do your actual IB exams. So I don't see why you'd think that a 6 in IB1 would prevent you from getting a 7 in IB2....
  3. The problem is maths is a very subjective topic. I didn't think of myself as mathematically gifted, however I can now do 90% of the questions from past HL exams in the topics that we have covered (I am about 6 months from my exam, so most of the content is done). I am currently on a 7. I was in the same position as you, and I asked everyone how hard HL maths was, and I never got a clear answer (there isn't one). I would say there is only one way to discover how hard HL maths is, and that is to learn a topic (properly) and then attempt past-exam questions on it. And the only prerequisite for HL
  4. If it is an SL subject then most universities will not really care. Besides, almost every IB student does a language B, so I cannot see how that would be a disadvantage. Also, assuming that you are not going to study at a Chinese university or will be using Chinese in your Uni course, then I see no need to do it at a harder level. As long as you HLs are decent subjects and are relevant to the subjects you will to study at University, your second language would be irrelevant to most Universities. Besides, all the US colleges think that just doing the IB Diploma is an EC, so don't worry about yo
  5. I think you and many other people in this thread are missing the point. No-one disagrees that some of the "soft" subjects listed in this thread are actually quite time consuming - we all realise that most of the "soft" subjects still require large inputs of time and effort. However, the reason why these subjects are considered "soft" is basically because they are not as academic as mathematics, physics, chem, bio, eco... etc. So, if you are applying to an competitive university (Oxbridge, LSE) for an academic course (almost every subject at Oxbridge is 'academic'), with many non-academic subje
  6. Wow, awesome post. I've been thinking about doing an Economics EE but I can't think of a topic that is specific enough to allow me to gather primary data. Have you heard/know of any other economics EE topics that recieved good grades? That would be great, thanks.
  7. jmw

    University math...

    I think you should first aim to get into the SL class if you want to get into engineering or economics - that's your first priority. Remember, you can always sit out-of-school exams for maths (such as SAT tests) to prove your ability in maths, when may exempt you from Uni pre-requisites. Good Luck!
  8. Haha yeah I can see why degrees from these types of Universities don't hold much weight when seeking employment... OP: Are you sure he isn't just taking some additional courses online and remaining in school? Because I highly doubt he would study at such a University full time... As for the topic of kids attending uni, you hear about them everyone once in a while. I remember a year or so ago two twins went to Uni (full time) at the age of 14 or something to study math/physics. It is usually common for child prodogies (usually in mathematics, but sometimes also science) to leave school early an
  9. Well if you can understand it well enough by yourself then that is a positive sign. However, you need some sort of formal recognition of your calculus ability (AP calculus or a sumer course) other Universities might not accept you. So I would suggest enrolling in AP calculus online, and order some textbooks/resources so you can do some practice and get good (you need to be able to apply your caculus knowledge - not just understand). However, if you think you need some additional tuition then it would be best to hire a math tutor or attend a summer school. Ultimately you just need something tha
  10. Haha that's a good one! You know you're in IB when you correct people on logical fallacies in their arguments...
  11. Hahaha, I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic... If not, and getting smashed does actually make you focus better, then my understanding of the world is lost. As for me, I am aiming to get 45/45 for IB and I do a lot of work, as well as play quite a bit of sport. I don't have a massve social life, but I aso procrastinate a little bit (like now) so I would say it's definately possible - but very hard to do. Basically, if you are extremely intelligent (don't have to do too much study) and you work extremely effectively (and don't do too much sport) then yeah, IB + Social life would work. For me
  12. Thanks man. Oh an unlucky for last night! Lost by 3 points! And yeah, I reckon Walker was held...
  13. When is the due date for the UCAS applications btw?
  14. jmw

    Scholarships

    Really? £10,000! what kind of grades did he get? or was it for other qualifications?
  15. Yeah, have you done radians yet? as that may cause some confusion. But basically, the question is just using fractions of pi becuase it is a sine function, so increments of pi make it much easier to handle. But as MR.AHM said, pi/4 = 0.785 so just covert the fraction to a decimal using your calculator and go from there!
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