International.Baccalaureate
Hi there! I just wanted to ask, is English Lit A HL easier than History HL, and if so how? Obviously this depends on the person, but in general, what would you say?
Anonymous

Hello!
I personally do not take History, but I asked my classmates and the majority of them said History HL is easier. Keep in mind this question is extremely subjective so I suggest you find out for yourself. Look at the syllabus for both English HL and History HL and then check out past papers (xtremepastpapers.com) then decide.
Good luck!
-Noor

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So....we'll have IA for every subject. Ok. How does one even survive
Anonymous

You just do :) Keep ahead of your deadlines and you’ll be just fine. In any case, all your IAs are staggered over 2 years, so it shouldn’t be too difficult.-Vihan

You do survive. Manage your time well. I cannot stress enough on time management. Economics IA(commentary) is probably the easiest IA to do (in my opinion.) As for the science IAs(labs) as soon as you’re even given the green light to do so. Sometimes you cant start because the labs are related to a topic that you havent yet studied in class but do not leave labs till a month or two before they’re due. I think the best time to do them is spring junior year till fall senior year (however, make sure you ask your teacher and have your topic approved before you go prancing around the lab) Math IAs should be started (in my opinion) from spring junior year and finished by December of senior year. And finally, English IAs (the WA) first draft should be finished in spring break (junior year) then corrected and corrected and corrected. You just need to manage and plan out your time correctly, just so you dont have everything due at the same time and you havent done anything. Good luck! -Noor
Haha thank you for the advice!xx I have a couple more questions to ask, should I ask them here or email you guys about it? I'm basically really confused on when to take each test and when would be a good timing!xx
arabgirl88

If you want us to answer privately you can just ask! If you want to ask a more detailed question go ahead and send us fanmail (its the little mail button besofe the follow button)

Good luck!
-Noor

Did you study for the toefl? I'm wondering if I can take it in November without studying and see how I do? If my grade is bad then I'll re-do it by studying and if not then I'll have a good grade by saving time. Is this a good plan? Normally I would study but I have so much on my hand, like sat, ib mock exams, ib homework, ap classes, sat subjects&cas so I'm looking for ways to eliminate what I can. Please help!xx
arabgirl88

I honestly didnt study for it (i basically just solved one online practice thing and watched youtube videos a day before the test) but you should if you can/need to. If I studied just a tiny bit I could’ve gotten much higher. (Let me just state I did the iBT-TOEFL)
If you are an English speaker (aka you’ve been in a school that teaches in English your whole life) you’ll find it to be a walk in the park. And honestly judging by your structure of your question your english is good.
I know you have a lot on your hands (believe me I feel you 1000%) but dont put more on your plate by having to re-do something that couldve been aced the first time. TOEFL really doesn’t more than solving one practice worksheet. Here are some links for practice test:
http://www.testden.com/challenge/free-toefl.asp
http://www.examenglish.com/TOEFL/TOEFL_iBt.html
And here are some excellent youtube channels: TOEFLtv
Dedicate a day (or two maximum if youre really aiming for 120/120 lol) for TOEFL and just go through the links.
You should do it once. Like ripping off a bandaid. (Trust me i doubt you’ll have to repeat it. If you dont get 100+ from the first time i owe you a cookie.)

Good luck!
-Noor

What SAT subject test would you recommend taking in junior year and in senior year?xx (with full ib)
Anonymous

I honestly think it depends on your IB subjects and university requirements. If you’re planning on applying to a country that requires SAT subject tests such as Jordan or Lebanon, you definitely need SAT subject test that are coresponding to your major(eg: engineering major, Physics SAT ll) If you’re like me with math studies and trying to apply to a major that requires calculus, then math level 2.

I cannot stress enough how much I think you should be done studying for your SAT subject test before you start senior year so you can just directly go and sit for the test in October or November at the latest. Please please please do not cram SAT subject test with finals (aka mocks). Mock grades decide all, do not overwhelm yourself by cramming tests like SAT SAT subject tests and TOEFL.
I am speaking out of the most awful experience

Good luck!
-Noor

What are your thoughts on taking the SAT in sophomore year?
Anonymous

If you study for it and think you’re ready go for it. Sometimes you havent covered the math SAT topics in class so go over practice papers (majortests.com) or invest in a SAT book. If you get it done in sophomore year, you’ll be more relaxed and have more time to repeat it (by repeat i mean prefect your scores)
Good luck!
-Noor

Hello! Why would you say we should take our SAT Subject Test in senior year and not junior? Same for the toefl?xx
Anonymous

Hey!
Honestly thats just my opinion, I just assume most people wont have enough time for studying for SAT, studying for SAT Subject Test, CAS, and just studying for everything. If you can fit in sitting for your SAT subject test in your junior year, by all means go for it. I think that would be x1000 better.
With the TOEFL, you should definitely get it out of your hair before you START senior year. I personally did my toefl in the summer before i started senior year and thats about the best decision ive ever made in my life.
When you sit for SAT, SAT subject test and TOEFL is your own personal choice. However, speaking from experience, Id get the SAT out of the way junior year, study for SAT subject test during the summer and then sitting for the test first thing senior year.
Good luck!
-Noor

i have my first ib physics test (sl) tomorrow and i genuinely feel like my brain is going to explode... i don't understand a single thing of this (which is apparently the way it's supposed to be according to my teacher) and it's really stressing me out.. any advice on how to understand this stuff, or at least to make me stop freak out about it?
Anonymous

First of all don’t stress out. When you stress out your brain will block and you won’t absorb any information so try to relax.

Second of all, its your first test. Your teacher won’t expect you to be perfect at it from the first time around. You’ll make mistakes and you’ll learn from them. Last year, Physics students would be like zombies after every physics test.

Tips from a Physics senior: “Just keep going over your notes cause that’s more important than solving the same question over and over and wasting your time. Don’t overstudy or else you’ll lose face and shut down (Windows shut down noise) Don’t stay up late studying and get enough sleep. Also don’t forget your calculator.” 

Good luck! 

-Noor 

Advice for Juniors

  1. Sit for your SAT the first time in December at the latest
  2. Sit for your SAT the second time before June 
  3. Do not leave repeating your SAT till the fall of your senior year
  4. Finish your extended essay first draft in the summer (seriously, do not procrastinate) 
  5. Sit for your TOEFL (if you have to) in the summer going into senior year
  6. Sit for your SAT II/SAT Subject tests (if you have to) in the fall of your senior year
  7. FINISH YOUR FREAKING SUMMER WORK IN THE SUMMER 
  8. Revise all junior year material in the summer (DO NOT FREAKING PROCRASTINATE) 
  9. Finish the majority of your CAS hours in your junior year (Especially action hours)
  10. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE YOUR FREAKING SUMMER WORK. 

This has been brought to you by an IB senior who is drowning in the consequences of procrastination. 

I seriously don’t want any of you in my shoes. Do yourselves a favor, listen to this advice. 

Good luck

-Noor

Help help this is urgent ): I'm doing SL math and have to come up with my exploration topic. I was thinking tower of Hanoi and maybe explore what would happened if I added towers/disks? But I need to write in my planning form which part of the syllabus this is in. If you would help, it would mean A LOT. Thank you so much
Anonymous

This is a sample math exploration dealing with this topic. 

Good luck!

-Noor

How do I manage my time as IB student if I become a student representative?
Anonymous

Hello!

Here is a post on time management, an updated one will be coming up very soon. 

Good luck! 

-Noor

School just started for me as a year 9 student, and I have two pre-IB classes. With the amount of work and stress that I'm getting, I'm not even sure if I should drop it or not. I don't want to be a disappointment, but I really am already tired... And it doesn't help that I'm a natural procrastinator and that everyone seems to be pushing me to leave and just take academic classes... Sorry if I sound wimpy, but what do you think I should do?
Anonymous

First of all, do not think of yourself as “wimpy.” Everyone has their own capacity and capabilities and that’s just the way it is. You can’t make a cat to fly just like you can’t make a bird meow. So don’t feel wimpy or like a failure just because you’re a cat who can’t fly. 

With that being said, you have to do what’s best for yourself and your future. IB is rigorous and you can’t procrastinate (however 90% of IB students do and we’re still alive but that’s a matter of how capable your are of pulling yourself out of the shit you put yourself in procrastinating and picking up the pace) If you’re stressed out from only two pre-IB classes then I don’t know how you’ll manage 6 IB classes not to mention CAS TOK and the EE and well as IAs, IOPs, IOCs and all that other fun stuff.

IB is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill but mostly concentrated power of will. If you want IB like you want ice cream you will work your ass off for it no matter how much shit it will throw at your head. If you have less than 100% will to work at IB you’ll get fed up at the first obstacle and want to give up. 

This isn’t my decision to make, it’s yours. If you feel like you can pull through IB and are determined to make it well it’s time bust your ass for it. However, if you are not capable of making it then switch to regular classes because if you don’t, your grades will suffer and your emotions will suffer. Don’t try to bite off more than you are capable of chewing. 

Good luck and always remember, you’re not a disappointment, you’re not a failure. You’re smart and you can do whatever you set your mind to but people are wired differently and that doesn’t make you a disappointment. 

-Noor

onelastlookatthesun:

HELLO TUMBLR!

what you see above is my International baccalaureate visual arts final piece for a year long project, and as you can see, it’s looking a little empty. I would like you to help me complete it. I’m making a piece about all the pressures of society and the negative thoughts that they inspire. Most of these descriptions are related to organs; the brain, the heart, the mouth, the eyes, the stomach, the womb the lungs and the gut. 

If you want to help this is what you need to know, but feel free to ask me more:

  • What I need is your stories, they can be prose, poetry, anything written, about your insecurities, or about stresses that you think society has placed upon you, negative thoughts that you have to do with your body or even things people have said to you that made you feel small.
  • Even if you aren’t sure that what you have to say fits in with the project, send it in, I’m sure I can use it.
  • If what you have to say is too long for an ask, please make a text post and tag me in it with ‘onelastlookatthesun’
  • The only person who will see your URL is me, you’re identity will be kept anonymous, but for a project this big I really need words other than my own. 

Once the piece has been graded I’ll post pictures of the finished work.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. If people could reblog this I would be so grateful.

IB Students stick together. If you have time please help out!

Writing LABS

lifeaftertheib:

Writing a good science lab is essential to success in the IB program.  It also will really help you later on at uni! Chemistry seems to generally be the most specific in format, so this is going to be a bit chem biased, but most of it will apply to other sciences as well.
Let’s set this up like a list, shall we?

  1. Before you start writing, gather all of your notes from doing the lab. Have all of the data you collected neat and organized, and have the instructions your teacher gave you at hand.
  2. Make a title for the lab (your teacher may have given this to you) and put down all the important stuff, like your name. (This will lull you into a false sense of accomplishment. Do not count this as “finished a part of the lab writeup” and give yourself a break!)
  3. Set up section sub-titles. While you don’t have to use the exact same I do, the paper should be generally set up in this manner.
    Introduction; Research Question; Hypothesis; Safety; Procedure; Qualitative Data; Quantitative Data; Calculations; Results; Analysis; Conclusions
  4. Introduction: talk about the ideas behind the lab. Identify what the theory you were testing was, and talk about what other scientists think. This is all about the concepts behind the lab, that should tie into what you’ve learned in class.
  5. Research Question: very clearly state it. It can be part of the Introduction, or you can seperate it. Talk to your teachers about “formatting”
  6. Hypothesis: say what you think is going to happen. Will there be a color change? Is there going to be a precipitate? Why do you think this will happen?
  7. Safety: include whatever precautions someone replicating your lab should take. Are dangerous chemicals being used? What about bunsen burners?
  8. Procedure: say what you did. Exactly, in a way that someone replicating your lab could get the same results you did. Remember they don’t know what you actually did - they weren’t in the lab with you, they don’t even know what you were supposed to do. So write exactly how to perform the lab. Refer to any instructions your teacher gave you for help.
  9. Qualitative Data: record your observations. This is all non-number stuff. Did the color change? Did you feel heat radiating, but not measure it with a thermometer?
  10. Quantitative Data: put all your numbers-stuff you got from running the experiment into a legible data table. Remember to use titles for all tables and graphs.
  11. Calculations: show how to do the math to get whatever results you got. Show the equations you used. You don’t have to show the math for every trial, just one example per equation.
  12. Results: what happened? what does the data/calculations say?
  13. Analysis: Was there error? Why? What did you do wrong? Talk about “propagation of error” here - if you don’t know what this is and you’re in chem, you’re in trouble. You need to calculate the error of all the instruments you used, and report it, so you can judge how much your experimental results differ from theoretical expectations, and if this can be explained by the instruments.
  14. Conclusions: was the lab a success? would you change anything in your procedure? Was your hypothesis correct?

Remeber to cite your sources at the very end. Usually you can get away with MLA citations, but Biology has developed their own weird style…so check with your teacher - this falls under KNOW HOW YOUR TEACHER WANTS YOU TO FORMAT IT!

Also, do not use the 1st person. Everything should be in the past tense, unless you use active voice in the procedure which is OK. Use the correct units. “Human error” is not acceptable, come up with something that actually went wrong; ex. “I didn’t shut the lid very quickly and there was some heat loss” is incorrect - try “The lid did not seal very well, and hence there was some heat loss”.

Good luck, and if you want clarification on any of this - or you think I got something wrong, or should add something, I’m always open to questions and edits!