Here it is, my first *official* post as a studyblr! I’m currently at that awkward stage of summer where you’ve got nothing better to do except wait for the new school year to roll around, so I thought now would be the right time to do a little reflecting. Here I’m going to share with you what I would have done differently as an IB student. Hopefully you’ll find this useful!
FYI: I took HL bio, chemistry and math; SL English lit. A, French B and economics
Rely less on past papers: Don’t get me wrong, I still think they’re total life-savers and if I could go back in time I definitely wouldn’t have done any less, but focus more on consolidating the theory before diving straight into the papers. Also, for subjects like math, although it is important to familiarise yourself with the difficulty of the exam by doing past paper questions, it’s also important to save some questions (preferably the harder ones) to complete a few weeks before the exam! If you want more practice, I recommend doing the hardest questions in the textbook (don’t waste your time with the easy questions unless you have difficulty grasping the concept).
Start your IAs immediately: I know the science syllabi have changed and I’m not exactly sure about the details, but this tip should apply to all subject groups regardless. I’m not saying you have to complete all your IAs in one night, but I recommend making a plan of action for tackling your IAs as soon as your teacher gives you a deadline/details about the IA. This way, the information will be fresh in your memory and you’ll give yourself more time to make a plan, construct and edit your IA to secure a top grade. Try your best with the IAs because this is something that you do have full control over. You never know if something might go wrong on exam day - your IA grade will save your ass!
Finish CAS in Year 1: Unfortunately for me, my CAS dragged into Year 2, which put a huge strain on me as I already had to balance difficult subjects and uni applications. Do as much CAS as you can in Year 1, especially in the first few months, gather the appropriate evidence, and do your reflections properly. Words cannot even begin to describe the amount of time I wasted before the exams trying to dig up (and forge) CAS evidence because I didn’t do it right the first time.
Don’t be afraid to speak up if you don’t understand something: Ok this may seem a little clichéd, but this is one of my biggest regrets. At school, I was always regarded as one of the top students (lmao), but when I had difficulty understanding a particular topic, I didn’t want my classmates to see me struggle, so instead of asking for help I made a mental note to self-study in my own time. Biggest mistake. Although it did work out in the end, I wasted a lot more time trying to understand that particular topic than if I had just swallowed my fucking pride and asked for help.
Don’t rely solely on your teacher for information: Teachers can make mistakes! A month before my math HL exam I did the 2014 November papers, and realised that I didn’t know how to do mathematical induction with inequalities at all. My teacher hadn’t covered it! Take it upon yourself to read through your syllabus carefully so you don’t get any horrible surprises just before (or during!) the exams.
Speak more: Speak more of your foreign language, that is. It’ll make orals so much easier - you’ll stutter less and words will come more naturally.
By popular request, there you go Euskara (batua) in 300 words! (inspired by this post by @funwithlanguages). We had to skip the “prepositions” section since Euskara has sort of postpositions - this is, suffixes - but it’s a list of nearly 250 basic words that we hope you’ll enjoy.
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First Verbs / Lehen aditzak
be = izan
there is = egon
have = ukan, eduki
do = egin
go = joan
want = nahi
can = ahal
need = behar
think = pentsatu, uste
know = jakin
say = esan
like = gustatu
speak = hitz egin, mintzatu
learn = ikasi
understand = ulertu
and = eta
or = edo / ala (when only 2 possibilities are offered)
but = baina
so (meaning “therefore”; e.g. “I wanted it, so I bought it”) = beraz
The more I study Islam the more sure I am about my choice and the harder it is for me to keep it from my family. I want to be fully integrated in wearing the hijab and showing off my faith Instead of only being part time. But IA soon I will have the courage to be who I want to be. some of my family won’t be as accepting and I’m okay with that. At the end I know this is a test from Allah and as long as I try there is no failing.
i was front row at radio city having the time of my fucking life, dancing and screaming and telling harry i loved him 10000 times. then i get bronchitis right after his show dkofjga im STILL recovering tbh but it was truly worth it :)
aw dkjsnfjkdsnfjksdnf if i acted like a hot ass mess in gallery i culd only imagine how it is FRONT ROW!!! that sounds so amazin wallahi omg i’m happy that u got that experience/had a great time!!! and i hope u fully recover from ur bronchitis soon iA!!!
Assalamu'alaykum, my father has an untreated mental disorder. I don't know whether it is depression, OCD, or a combination of both, but I do know he was prescribed Prozac by the doctor many years ago. However, he never took his medications. Lately, he has been very difficult to be around. He becomes furious over the littlest things, and refuses to listen when someone is trying to make him understand something. Please make duaa for my mother and I, and for him, for our lives to become easier iA.
May Allah swt ease his struggles and grant him sabr and strength. May he get properly treated soon iA. Ameen.
The alien padded, bleary eyed into
the kitchen following the smell of food. Here he found Dylan, looking
very intent on making something that Tae couldn’t see. “Mmh.” mumbled the
non-morning oriented extra-terrestrial as he padded up. “What are you
doing?” Coming up closer, he glanced over the other’s shoulder, finding
breakfast cooking away on the stove top. Delighted, Taeyong gave an
excited, if sleepy grin. “You are an amazing person you know that right?
I am incredibly hungry.” Puffing his cheeks in concentration, the space
being managed to lift himself onto a nearby free counter, and attempted to
achieve full lucidity.
Dylan was staring at the food intensely. Trying very
hard not to burn the food, actually make it tasteful. And trying not to fall
asleep because he too, wasn’t really a morning person. He was hungry though,
and could only imagine the alien was too. So hence why he started to try and
make breakfast. “Well good morning sleepy head,” he chuckled softly after
seeing the adorable, barely awake, male moving closer. “I am attempting to make
breakfast for us,” he chuckled, his eyes barely leaving the food, only glancing
at Taeyong shortly. “Why thank you. It should be ready soon though,”