hummus
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Fri May 11,2018 12:06 PM

Hey everyone, I am a senior taking the IB, and as I’m almost done with my exams, I thought I’d offer some help for my fellow IB students!!
FYI, these were the courses that I took: Math HL, Physics HL, Chemistry HL, History SL, French ab initio SL, and English A LangLit SL.

I got an amazing predicted grade in the beginning of this year which helped me get into pretty adequate universities in the US! I was predicted a 7 for all of my HL subjects; the only thing I received a 6 on was English. (44/45)

I generally have a lot of information, tips, and advices to give, so please send me a message if you’d like to ask me any specific questions!
everygreatplayneedsagreekchorus
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Fri May 11,2018 01:02 PM

Girl help me with chem
loveurselftear
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Fri May 11,2018 01:24 PM

I wanted to message you regarding History SL but when I try it says you don’t have the latest smartib update and are not able to receive messages ☹️
akinnome
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Fri May 11,2018 06:21 PM

Being predicted 44 and achieving 44 are two different things, though. Many people from my school were predicted 45s but they ended up scoring 35or something, whereas people who were predicted 33-34 scored 39+ so it’s really biased. I myself was not predicted much but recently teachers admitted that they were wrong. And the best advice before ibdp is just to sleep loads and prepare mentally. Learning in advance won’t help you in either way, maybe just read the curriculum aka guides and be aware of the things you’re supposed to do as in IAs, EE, all the other assignments? Maybe check uni requirements as well to see if you really need both physics and chem. there are quite a few cases when students say that ib would have been better if they had chosen different subjects.
hummus
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Fri May 11,2018 07:03 PM

I don’t think you’ve read my post thoroughly, but I’m here to GIVE advice to people on how to get high predicted grades. My final exams are almost over so I don’t think I’m in need of advices on my predicteds haha. But you’re totally right, predicteds and actual scores can differ. However, in my case, I was aiming to go to the states for university and predicted grades kind of weighed more than my final scores; I just need to get a final mark somewhat around the predicted scores, just so that my admissions don’t get rescinded.
hummus
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Fri May 11,2018 07:21 PM

Hi fatima, taking HL Physics and chem is definitely a challenge, but I don’t think it’s impossible. I’ve been kinda learning the materials beforehand for the past few years so that I wouldn’t be in a big trouble if I couldn’t understand something during the course, and I can say that learning in advance actually helped me a lot. Over the summer, I suggest you kinda go over the syllabus, but briefly, with something like a book. With the basic knowledge already in my head, when I stepped into the IB, i had an easier time understanding the concepts than my classmates. I definitely had a faster pace which meant that I could focus on the areas that I lacked in, during the leftover times. Also, it is critical that you know how to ‘apply’ the knowledge to problem solving in the IB sciences. Even if you understand the concepts really well, it won’t mean that you’ll get good grades on tests, so I also suggest you expose yourself to the IB questions as fast as you can.

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