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Do the IB if you think you can be committed to school work on a regular basis and you want a broader perspective of the world and its workings.
There are no ‘easiest’ HL subjects. What you love most is what’s going to be easiest for you. That being said, Math HL is not easy even if you love math a LOT, and needs a lot of hard work!
Hope this helped!
I just finished my first year in HL History, and I would say that the course is time consuming more than anything. There’s a lot of memorization and you need to practice writing analytical essays quite a bit (historiography). If you really like history, I recommend that you take it.
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I’m not a physics student, but generally the scope and intensity of an HL course is greater than that of its SL counterpart. For a comprehensive overview of the differences between the two, a quick google search should pull up the IB syllabus for Physics and clearly state what each course has to offer!
Unless someone familiar with physics has anything they’d like to add?
At my school, they are fairly flexible in what is eligible for CAS. You might be able to do that depending on the content of the vlogs, but you should speak to your counsellor/coordinator as CAS is at their discretion.
Sorry no one answered this sooner, but this isn’t necessarily a question we can help you with. When it comes to choosing HLs, you need to ask yourself which one interests you more, and which one will be of more use to you in your future (university/college wise, and career wise). All HLs are difficult. The rate of success depends on the involvement of the student.
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IB is pretty challenging, but material wise it isn’t that difficult if you study on a daily basis (keep in mind this majorly depends on you and your subject choices. If you’re not good at math and take math HL then the answer would be different, but if you pick your subjects based on your strengths then you’ll be fine). Students tend to exaggerate A LOT, IB may feel like hell in the moment where you’re loaded with tests and IAs and stuff but then the moment passes and it’s all good.
I honestly think you have no reason to be scared or nervous with the amount of determination you seem to have. If you’re that eager to work hard and study hard, you’ll be fine. You just need to prepare yourself and manage your time extremely well.
My suggestion is to list in any ways that stereotypes or other preconceptions link with those two subject areas. If you think that they don’t relate at all, write about how they don’t and if they do then mention it. Argue both sides and conclude with your personal opinion. As long as you justify your arguments, you can’t write a TOK essay too badly. That’s all I can suggest.
I’d be able to help you more if you told me what topic you’re doing it in. Im guessing youre talking about english because themes (but i might be wrong)
So answering your question going on my understanding of what you mean: you could always read a book that talks about serial killers and mental illnesses and talk about how the author uses literary devices to bring out their madness or something like that.
Find a book you like and research the central theme(s) in it and try to link those theme(s) to a device used in the novel. Try to find a topic that hasn’t been explored before, you’ll get points for originality.
Good luck and make sure to start early!
P.s: please make your question clearer if i haven’t answered it
Answering your questions is a wonderful productive way to procrastinate for me so keep them coming!
It is inevitable to be screwed for your ee but try your best to be the least amount screwed (AKA have a fetus of a topic in mind FROM NOW.)
Thank you so much and I too wish you the best of luck and all the best!
You are not bothering me at all!! (I am currently procrastinating my extended essay)
Ab Initio classes are relatively easier than language B. Language B subjects expect you to know the language but not be as fluent in it as Language A. They should teach you the subject from the basics (not like the alphabet, you are expected to know that going into ab initio) but like they teach you the colors and the names of places (like describing a city in french [which may come as an IOC] ) and stuff like that. You should have some back ground in the subject they wont teach you from scratch. However keep in mind that they are quite forgiving in the grading (like if you misspell a word but it keeps its meaning they’ll count it as correct (like you spell l’ecole as l’acole) however grammatical are counted [by grammar i mean like if you use a feminine verb for a masculine noun and stuff like that])
If you have any more questions feel free to ask!
I personally think your subject choices are pretty good, but the thing is it isnt really a matter of my opinion its how you feel about your subjects. Make sure your HLs are your HLs because they’re the subjects you’re good at. For example, don’t take HL math when you’re terrible at math. Also when picking your subjects, keep in mind the major and university you want to study at. Research your major in the top unis of your choice and make sure you aren’t taking HLs for nothing or if youre taking a subject at SL that would benefit you more at HL.
Now since youre taking Physics and Economics at HL you should have a pretty good math background. Economics HL isnt as math extensive as physics but it still deals a lot more with math than the SLs do.
Other than that, your subject combination seems pretty wise to me. You’re keeping all doors open and you can basically go into almost any major you want to with your subjects.
Good luck with everything!
IB is just a long lesson in motivation and time management. Everyone has their own way of doing things. Some suggestions:
Setting aside a set time per week for homework/revision (timetabled into your week)
Getting homework done ASAP
Use a task managing app to keep you on track
Some sort of work and rewards system e.g. One hour of study for one hour of gaming.
For revision, there are various methods:
My personal technique - Copying all the information I need into every form of study tool. Flashcards, top summary sheets, weird study games.
Copying the information you study and condensing it each time you copy it. e.g. a whole top into one A4 sheet - A method used my someone in my class
Pub quiz with your fellow IBers!
Since IB languages tend not to have set material, it can be hard to tell if the material is suitable. Also, the criteria for IB languages is different to the equivalent qualification (I know this is the case for A-Level vs IB). I’m not sure where you are studying maybe looking for the material for the equivalent local qualification is the best solution.
Another random suggestion: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/
I don’t think it’s at particularly high level but it may help. Unfortunately, I never did German (IB French)