ib help

I need your help.

Here are my choices for my IB subjects, any advice?

English Literature (and language? Idk) HL/SL
Spanish ab Initio
Economics/Psychology HL/SL
Physics HL
Further math/ math HL
Film studies SL

I mainly plan to major in physics in Uni, and minor in an arts subject.
Are there any Universities that have some specific requirements that I’m not meeting?

Hey guys!, If any of you do IB Art and want some advice about studio work or sketchbooks I’d be happy to help. I got a Level 7, so I have an idea for what you need to do to get the same Level :)
Or if you have any other questions about my art (techniques) I’ll try my best to answer, but remember I am still learning. If you want to ask me anonymously you can on my other blog here 

Again, thanks for liking/reblogging my art. You’re all awesome :)

hello, my fellow IB friends!

dear people who have just been assigned your extended essays,
who are days away from handing in your extended essays,
who are in the middle of working on them,
or who are dreading the fact that they are ever approaching,
i would like to remind you

your EE is not as important as it sometimes seems it is.

yes, it’s important; yes, you get points for it – 1.5 points. okay? one and a half. in the grand scheme of things, 1.5 points is 3.33% of the final 45 points. 

let’s put this in perspective:

  • SL history internal assessments are worth 25% of a student’s final history grade. 0.25 x 7 = 1.75. that’s more that your EE. 
  • English LangLit internals – aka your FOA and your IOC – are worth 30% of your final grade. 0.3 x 7 = 2.1. that’s more than your EE. 

so if your EE feels like an insurmountable task, just remember – it’s hardly more than a glorified lab report/paper 2/exploration/whatever the appropriate comparison for the subject you’re doing it in is.

yes, you should put effort into it, but in the end it’s only one part of a much larger program and thus you really shouldn’t spend so much time and energy on it that all of your other work is compromised

tl;dr: a lot of people stress over the EE a lot more than it’s worth. maybe it’s because they naturally stress over things – but maybe it’s because their teachers way over-emphasised the importance of it, making it sound like the most important thing you’ll do during your IB career. so if your EE seems impossible, remember, it doesn’t have to be super fancy. it’s only a high school level paper.

also, i strongly recommend reading the subject-by-subject criteria breakdown in this pdf – it can really help if you’re wondering “should i do more this?” or “do i have enough that?”. the pdf is super long, but only the stuff under the subject you’re doing your EE in is useful to you. and if you have all the stuff in the top mark bands – congrats! you’ve done enough. 

so basically what i’m trying to say is the EE isn’t the end of the world.

good luck to everyone working on theirs!

anonymous asked:

i have a problem with IB chemistry, any tips?

I think the biggest thing is actively reading your notes. This doesn’t just mean highlighting your notes and typing them out, but also thoroughly understanding them and actually learning the concepts. I usually annotate my notes as in-depth as possible as soon as I can. This way the information is still fresh in your head and you won’t look like a “bad student” when you ask your IB chem teacher for extra help the day before any quizzes/tests. Now, if you are a bit crunched with time there is still hope, you just need to study, study, study!

Study methods for chemistry can include:

  • Taking notes from multiple sources; Learning concepts in different words/ways, rather than just reading the same words over and over again (which can get very boring and confusing if you overthink it). Here are some sources: x/x/x/x
  • Making a mind map; This way you are able to see the big picture and dissect the key points within your notes (Bonus: Doing this for each chapter really helps in the long run because once your final IB exams come around, you will have all these wonderful mind maps pre-made and this way you’ll be able to piece each chapter together! My teacher always stresses that everything in chemistry relates to each other in one way or another, and he encourages us to make these connections.)
  • Flash cards; Not only do these beauties test your recall abilities, the little space provided on the cards forces you to only record the most important concepts.
  • Summarizing, summarizing, summarizing; A few days before your chapter test (or IB exam) the best thing to do is to look at the Table of Contents of your IB Chemistry textbook and write down everything you can remember from the top of your head; and study anything you forgot about. Writing chapter summaries is probably the best technique you can possibly use the night before a chapter test or practice exam (after you’ve studied your ass off, of course, because last-minute revision is never a good idea).

One of the main ways to test your knowledge is, of course, doing a shit ton of practice questions from the IB textbook or searching online for past papers (x/x/x/x). You can also try to teach one of your peers – even if you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, it helps (though, you have to be careful not to teach the information incorrectly).

There’s so much you can do to study! You need to find your best study method and cherish its incredible power. Above all, you need to believe in yourself; as cheesy as that may sound, confidence and trust of your knowledge is a necessity for success. I know you can do it!

What is the written assignment?

The main written assignment is on the topic of works in translation. For me this included plays such as Medea (Euripides), A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen), and Three Sisters (Anton Chekov). 

You begin by reading the books and then presenting on all of them (the number will vary depending on whether you are HL or SL). You must take notes on these presentations and will be asked to write reflective statements (these become part of what you turn in later on). Then begins the planning and writing process. I have included a full outline of the process here as it is fare more succinct than I will be. 

My recommendations for the paper:

  • Make sure your topic is interesting to YOU. Like any paper it is very difficult to write if you feel like it’s going nowhere and is uninteresting. I struggled with this when writing mine
  • It was months (like at least 9 months) between my first and second draft. In my opinion, you should finish and perfect the paper promptly after your first draft or at least have it in the back of your mind. By the time I started writing again I had forgotten my thesis and all of my arguments- not fun!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help! 
  • Find good, scholarly resources on the topic… Believe me, they help.

anonymous asked:

I imagine you're getting tonnes of these kind of questions right now, but Im heading into full IB in the fall and Im not sure what to expect. I've been told that there's 150 CAS hours to complete, extended essay and TOK, and HL and SL levels of courses, but I know virtually nothing more than the basics on those topics. Any pro tips/ details you could share would be amazing!!! Your blog is very helpful and I'm so glad you have kept it up. Thanks!

Hey there Anon! That’s quite a large question, so here’s a rough guide! 

The IB is broken down into these parts: 

  • Group 1 (Language/Literature A1) 
  • Group 2 (Second Language) 
  • Group 3 (Humanities)
  • Group 4 (Science)
  • Group 5 (Maths)
  • Group 6 (Arts) OR another option from above.
  • Core (TOK, CAS, EE)


Group 1:
This is supposed to be your native language - so, English for me, but its usually different depending on where you live. This can be  Language and Literature, Literature or Literature and Performance.

Group 2:
This is a second language choice, which must be different from the first. There are three tiers - Ab Initio (if you’ve never studied this language before), SL (if you’ve got previous experience with the language) and HL (if you’ve got previous experience and want to study foreign literature, or for university study). There are loads of languages available on this: French, Spanish, German, English, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin, Hindi, Japanese etc etc. Check what is on offer near you.

Group 3:
Available at SL and HL, a special Higher Level paper separates most of the humanities subjects. Available in this group, generally are: Business and Management; Economics; Geography; History; Information Technology in a Global Society; Philosophy; Psychology; Social and Cultural Anthropology; World Religions. The IB is also starting Global Politics in a *few* schools from 2015. Again: CHECK WHAT THE SCHOOL DOES. Most do History, for example, and a lot do economics, but its totally up to them which courses they offer, and most of these aren’t available to most IB students.

Group 4:
Science, which is off-putting for a lot of people. On offer: Biology, Computer Science, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics, Sports Exercise and Health Science (only at SL). There’s a substantial difference between the SL and HL subjects here too - in terms of content, depth and detail. Sciences are all assessed using three exams, lab reports (as Internal Assessments), a lab mark and a Group 4 project. In this, you join up with other science students and work together on your own project - we researched Arctic expeditions and scientific differences between them - calorimetry, insulation, etc etc.

- There’s also Environmental Systems and Societies, which counts as both a Group 4 and Group 3 subject, meaning that theres an extra option to play with. -

Group 5:
Again, maths is available at three levels: Maths Studies (which counts as SL but is easier and deals more with stats), SL and HL. HL looks reallllly hard. But if you want to do maths in the future at Uni, you’d probably need to do this. Don’t worry - you should be able to switch for a good few months after starting. All but 2 of us in our school moved from SL to Studies after being in school for a good while - the option was open to us to do this until June Y1, but schools are different. May be worth checking to see if this is possible if you’re on the fence. There’s also a Further Maths HL which is just like HL HL. ew. Maths is assessed by exams and coursework - the ins and outs of these depend on which of the four you take though.

Group 6:
This is technically the arts, but is commonly used as an option group.
On the Arts side, IB offers : Dance, Music, Film, Theatre, Visual Arts. As always, different centres offer different choices, so make sure you know what is where and its easier.
You can also use this as a chance to do another language, humanities or science, usually. So Medics - Bio and Chem is totally possible! Linguists - Feed your love of both French and Hindi! Thinkers - use Philosophy to heighten History! annnd, you get the gist. But yeah, this is a good one - I went for Physics as my Group 6, but Ana went for Art. Its up to you.

Now that the subjects are covered, we come to core.

The IB places emphasis on this - and I have found it to be sooo useful!! - with good reason.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK): this is epistemology, which basically looks at what we know and questions how we know we know it. You’ll look at ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language, reason) and problems with these, before placing them into areas of knowledge (arts, ethics, history, human sciences, natural sciences, maths, etc). It’s a really interesting course, and it also lets you develop as both a thinker and a critic. Its assessed with a short presentation on a Real Life issue, finding knowledge issues from it, and then by an essay on one of the IB’s questions for that year. Don’t worry - it becomes a LOT clearer when you’re actually doing it.

CAS - this is, as you said, at least 150 hours of your time. You spend it doing a Creative pursuit - music, art, crafts, design, writing etc, Action - so sports, or something which involves physical excursion - like hiking!, or Service, which is just volunteer work and can be found in a variety of ways. You need to keep a track of what you do, and when (doing this as you go along is so helpful), as well as collecting evidence. A photo of you, a reflection about the experiences, a letter from someone you worked with etc - these all count. We have other posts about this im sure, if you check out the CAS tag!
Extended Essay (EE) - this is a (max) 4,000 word essay on a subject of your choice. Typically its on a HL subject, and one you want to study at Uni, although this isnt always the case. Usually you start it a while into your first year, and you get more guidance as iy goes!

It may be worth thinking about where your strengths and interests lie when deciding your HL and SL subjects, as well as what you want to do at university - even a rough idea towards science or humanities is helpful. I was undecided, so I did English and Chemistry at HL which opened doors!

The IB section on the curriculum provides breakdowns of each option.

Hope this is somewhat useful !

nasim x

A Few Tips When Doing IB

When I was first starting IB, my teachers showered me with tips on how to handle the stress of IB. I thought I’d pass on the ones that really helped keep me sane these past couple of months. 

  • Study daily. 

You won’t have enough time to revisit each and every chapter when studying for the externals or even finals after every term. Revising every lesson  when you get home helps make you remember it without needing a long time studying.

  • Try to finish as many CAS hours as possible in the first year.

If you finish as many CAS hours as possible in the first year, you’ll have one less thing to worry about in your senior year. Try to organize a CAS folder on your computer; a folder containing 3 others (service, creativity and action) and save your pictures and reflections. Don’t forget to back it so you wouldn’t lose anything.

  • Set ambitious, yet realistic goals and work on them.

Before starting IB, I thought a 7 was an easy target- what with it being an 84 and above, but I soon realized that IB’s 84 is much harder to get. I don’t mean to discourage any of you (who didn’t start yet), a 7 is not impossible, just bloody hard to get. Set a target of better results but be realistic to your abilities; you don’t want to end up disappointed but challenge yourself.

  • Stay social.

IB demands long hours of studying, but never over-study and forget to have some fun. Go out, hang around with friends, meet people. It’s not wasted time, you’ll freshen up.

A Vlog for IB Kids

I’m gonna start doing a vlog for kids who are in IB and need help with some of the work and how to manage all the stress (if you have it). I just got completed the IB programme and I figured that those who have problems with it need help. I’ll start posting videos when I get my new computer though, which won’t be for another few days. Message me and tell me what you think about this idea!!!

Need help with IB Exams?

Hello~ :)

For anyone who has their IB exams coming up, I just wanted to share a little something that has been helping me SO much.  

For IB exams, PAST PAPERS ARE KEY! Here is a link to an AMAZING site that has been helping me sooo much, hope it helps you, and others you share it with.

Good luck and God bless~~ We are almost done!!


Nuggets of wisdom from an IB Diploma graduate

Nuggets of wisdom from an IB Diploma graduate

So much for “tomorrow,” assembling all this took longer than anticipated.

I have now completed my IB Diploma, time has come for me to impart my wisdom to all you current or future IB students.

Subject choice

First and foremost, choose your subjects carefully. If you have an idea of what you want to study at university, look at the subject requirements at a few universities and try to stick to…

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mademoiselle-anya asked:

Any tips for surviving TOK? I take the full IB Diploma and it's the only class bringing down my GPA. Your blog is amazingly helpful by the way.

Ah TOK was actually not bad for me :)! As long as you use a variety of examples in your writing, from personal (aka fictional haha make up something relevant; no one cares if it’s true as long as it makes sense and works in the situation) to cultural. Using at least 3 examples for each point I had to make saved my life and established a good formula to rely on. Also, keep you mind wayyy open about EVERYTHING. Doubt everything, welcome in stoner-like bullshitting because at the end of the day, it’s not really bullshit and it’ll hit the mark. Think of things and people and the world the way a god may think of men. Forget society’s rules on yourself, and apply them to people from an outsider’s perspective, like you’re an alien species looking in and trying to understand the way the little ants on Earth are moving around and making their decisions. TOK isn’t a class, it’s a state of mind.

Hope that helps lol! And I’m glad you find my blog helpful ^-^