luwado
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Sat Jan 27,2018 11:56 AM

Hey there. I am 16 and I am planning on taking IB next year. I have great interest to take the IB DP. However I have a few questions that I would like to get the answers to:

1) I know what HL and SL are, but can somebody explain what the “groups” are, and how I can choose what subjects I want to have in HL and what subjects I want in SL? Also, what is possible to have in HL and SL? And what do you recommend?

2) I have also heard the IB DP is incredibly difficult and challenging. Are there any tips on how I can cope with the stress?

3) What is the biggest mistake you or somebody you know who has taken IB has done during the DP?

4) What is the most important for me as a future IB student to be aware of? What should I pay attention for?
ayham.adawi
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Sat Jan 27,2018 12:22 PM

1) basically the IBDP subjects are divided into 6 groups.
First is language and literature in which you choose which language you want to take as your first language. It can be language and literature or literature alone. You’d know the difference in the first day but basically lit only focuses more on reading books and doing tasks based on them while lang and lit focuses on books and articles.
Second is language acquisition in which you chose another language to be as your second language. It can be language B which means that you have background knowledge about it before or AB initio in which you are taking the language right from scratch. You can replace this with another first language subjects in which you’d earn the bilingual diploma.
Third is human sciences in which you choose subjects from business, economics, psychology, History and many more subjects depending on what your school offers in this group.
Fourth is the natural sciences in which you can choose from biology, chemistry, physics, design technology etc. In IB, the hardest science is supposedly physics because there is a lot of critical thinking
Fifth is mathematics in which you can choose further mathematics, math HL, SL or math studies. Math HL is the hardest subject in the IB
Sixth group is where you can choose an art like music, visual arts etc. OR you can choose another subject from the other 4 groups (excluding mathematics) instead of the art subject.
Now you can take any subject as an HL or SL except for math studies which is only SL, Environmental systems and societies which is only SL, AB initio languages which are only SL and further mathematics which is only HL. You have to take at least 3 HLs throughout your diploma. For the differences, personally the largest difference between HL and and SL subject is in the sciences and mathematics but more in mathematics. You’d find the subject specific differences in the guide or the teachers will tell you in the beginning of IBDP 1.
ayham.adawi
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Sat Jan 27,2018 12:24 PM

I recommend that you choose the subjects in HL as the subjects that YOU LIKE. That’s really important because you’re gonna spend two years with these subjects and it’s important that you like the subjects you seek to know more about. I am a scientific person so I chose Chem, bio and math HL and although it’s a huge load of work, I like what I am learning and I don’t regret it.
ayham.adawi
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Sat Jan 27,2018 12:26 PM

2) it certainly is especially in grade 12. My biggest advice is to Manage. Your. Time. Seriously, there is no time for procrastination and you should start to do things as soon as you can or they will seriously pile up and it will not be nice at all. Do your IAs, EE, TOK essay and presentation ASAP. Managing your time is the most important thing in IB
ayham.adawi
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Sat Jan 27,2018 12:27 PM

My advice is to always remain calm when in stress and not panic or freak out because that will just delay your performance and work.
ayham.adawi
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Sat Jan 27,2018 12:31 PM

3) probably leaving everything till last minute. I know people who left their IAs one day before the actual IB deadline and their EEs as well. They ended up repeating or getting the minimum grade required to pass. The biggest mistake is for you not to excel in your IAs, EE and TOK. All these assignments are done at home on your sofa while drinking coffee and they are counted as part of your total mark. So if you miss the chance of doing well in the exam because of stress or panic because god know what migjt happen in exam time, these essays are there to help you and back you up. Yes they are plenty of work but they do help you raise your grade. So excel in your IAs. And trust me, you don’t have to be a genius to excel in them. Everyone can even the students that don’t really do good in exams.
ayham.adawi
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Sat Jan 27,2018 12:34 PM

4) be aware of your deadlines and your schedule. Be aware of citing everything you write when you are writing your essays to avoid any kind of plagiarism. Also, don’t forget the material and make sure to keep up with it. External are 80% of your grade after all! Just be careful and don’t procrastinate a lot. Finish everything on time and give it all your best. Remember to not be enemies with the teachers but rather be close to them since they will be correcting yours IAs after all. If you are good with them, they will certainly help you out when you need it.
matte.marlets
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Sat Jan 27,2018 06:27 PM

I would say that IB DP isn’t difficult..... the only main problem is TOO Much stuff in a TOO short time! This results in a shitty time management and will conduce you to a sort of depression! I reccomend you to study every evening 3/4 hour (from Monday to Friday, yes Friday as well) and the weekend at least 6 (2 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon). I usually study all this time and have all 5/6 grades and have a decent social life where I hang out every night in the weekend! Another thing I raccomand you is to review past topics and follow deadlines!

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