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  1. There's no set number of hours. If you feel that you understand the content, you are doing enough. If you feel like you don't understand much of what you're learning, you should do more.
  2. Yes, there are predicted scores for TOK and EE. How teachers decide predicted scores can vary a lot between schools, but they can use coursework, trial exams, a mixture of both, to come up with it. The best thing to do would be to ask your teachers how they will be determining your predicted score so that you know what to focus on.
  3. I would study one in-depth, but also study enough of a second so that if the first question is a total dud then you will be able to write an essay on the second, even if it wouldn't be as good as your first.
  4. I'd agree with Sandwich, the difference between SL and HL English Lit is probably the smallest of those subjects. The main thing is that with the other subjects there is extra content that you HAVE to know and memorise, which is more arduous than simply having to study more texts.
  5. Look if you enjoy essay-writing then it is a pretty logical step. You don't really lose at all - you say you'll probably get higher predicted grades, AND you'll enjoy the subjects more, and will stand a chance if you apply to Cambridge. With your Dad, nobody else can tell you if he will be okay with your decision, because nobody else knows him. There becomes a point though when we should stop letting our parents' desires for us dictate what we desire and what path we choose. I would say to do what subjects you prefer, because you're more likely to be motivated to work hard and do well in
  6. Forget about what your coordinator said, it doesn't matter at all if it's related to what you want to study at uni because it's not like it will build a knowledge base for you - the topic should be pretty narrow so it doesn't really help much if at all. The best thing to do would be to do it in a subject that interests you and in a topic that interests you. That's the only thing that will keep you motivated to do the reading that you need to do, the research that you need to do, and spend enough time on writing it and improving it.
  7. I could be wrong but I believe that Group 4 EEs are meant to be something that you will actually research experimentally yourself, so conduct an experiment and the EE is essentially the prac write-up of the experiment.
  8. Schools can't change official deadlines, but most schools have their own internal deadlines. These deadlines are generally just to make sure that you don't have 10 IAs all due around the same time. Your work will still have to get submitted by the same official deadline, but the school might have the deadline earlier and hold on to your assignment for a while before sending it off. So the internal deadlines, yes, the school can change them.
  9. Word doesn't count punctuation as words, as long as it is used as it should be. For example, word would count the comma in "Well , as you can see" as a separate word because it has spaces on both sides, but you would (hopefully...) never actually write it like that in an essay. If you wrote it as "Well, as you can see" Word counts the comma as part of the word "Well". Punctuation counts as characters but there is no character limit on the essay. So just go by whatever word tells you the word count is.
  10. Don't stress at all, you haven't even started the full IB so your current grades won't matter much in the end to be honest, unless they are used to determine if you can do the full IB at your school. If they gave you an actual IB Physics paper 2 in Junior IB and you got a 3 it means you are pretty on track really, you have, what, 2.5 years to finish learning all the content and revising? Everyone gets pretty terrible marks even at the start of full IB and it's completely possible to pick it up closer to the end.
  11. Make sure you understand all the content that you have been learning, cover all the syllabus points, and try to get your hands on some practice questions.
  12. I would drop down to the conventional 3 HLs instead of 4. Also 12-16 hours is a lot to be working during IB so maybe rethink that. Another thing is a lot of the homework that you would be given for IB can be pretty optional, it's there to help you learn the content but you might not need to do all of it to understand it/get a good grasp on the content. The main things would be to focus on for homework would be your IAs.
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