I finished the IB last year, so I completely understand how you feel. When I had so much work to do I sometimes thought 'will I have enough time to do this all?'. Truth is : you do. As long as you plan out your time carefully and work hard you'll be fine.
What helped me when I was really stressed was to not talk about it so much. Some people find talking to others helpful but I sometimes think talking can worry people so much they end up doing nothing at all. Think of each task as something to just get over with, and then move on to the next one.
hey, i'm new here and i'm going to start with the IB iin fall. is there any thread for IB newbies? because i'm really freaking out right now. i have only a few weeks left here...and as i said i'm totally freaking out. also i'm kind of lost here so would you please help me finding the right thread? this one was the only anywhere near what i was looking for...
Hey, I've literally just completed the IB, and while I'm not going to deny it is hardwork, it is far, far from impossible.
Interestingly, a lot of people struggle and immediately say "IB is impossible, the work load is ridiculous". Indeed, I had a few class mates who went round saying (and believing themselves) 'us who do IB we get like 6 3000 word essays a night, so many assignments and I hardly go to bed'. Try not to get bogged into the thinking that IB is there to kill us, and it will help
Follow the wise words of the above poster, if you manage and plan your time, you will get through it. Before IB, I rendered such things as spreadsheets and timetables useless, but they really helped me. Make a list/table/chart of your current workload and it helps you progress through it (I had a whiteboard with every piece of coursework/EE/Tok presentation that counted for final grades, and had a column for started and another for completed...I found it really helped to know how much I had to do.
Yes, it seems very very tough at times, and there will be moments when you have a lot on your plate, but do not leave ANYTHING to the last minute; little chunks at a time that have been planned and you'll find you are slowly working your way through it all
hey it actually helped alot. I knd of started to calm down a bit...
are you familiar with th german abitur? do you think the ib is harder? i was going to do the abitur, but decided to go to boarding school and do the IB, since i used to be really disorganized and wanted to be kind of pushed in being more organized. Also i thought that since in germany you have a lot of subjectsthat don't actually count it might be easier to focus.
thanks for the advice anyway.
i'm german,but bilingual since half of my family is american.
in the abitur you have 5 subjects for the finals,but i don't really get the two years before.
friends told me that you have to take RE,PE,eco/geo,maths german,a foreign language and at least two more subjects( most people take more,because they need to have 138 hours or something). i don't really get it so i just went with the IB. my sister,who is doing the abitur, tried to explain it, but i still didn't get it. and most of my friends who did the abitur say that they find it kind of confusing themselves...
where you disorganized before you started with the IB? How did it help you?
i know i'm asking alotof questions but i'm just so curious and incredibly nervous.
btw thank you soooo much for your advice.
Errr no I've always been pretty organised, which has really helped as with the IB you always have multiple projects/coursework at once, and you have to keep on top of it all, but it is manageable
It's helped me not so much in a tangible way, but the fact it has pushed me and kept me motivated means I'm going to be better prepared for later in life. Also found the breadth of subjects means you never seem to be lost in a conversation; some of my A-level mates are so scientifically orientated that they struggle to converse about anything else :P
Seriously though, there isn't a massive need to be nervous; there is so much hype about the IB being impossible and I think it's become the cliche: "I can't do this work, not because I'm not working hard enough but because the IB is impossible". Thing is, with a cool head, good work ethic and the ability to manage your time anyone can get through it, albeit with differing grades. Just stay on top of it and no need to be nervous
No worries buddy, any other questions just fire awayy
i was thinking bout HL art, SL Maths, HL bio,SL history or economics,german and english(don't know which one in HL)
hows economics SL? is it hard? because i had economics and law for the last two years and the law part was always kind of easier.
and do you know where i can get cheap IB books? i don't know if im going to need them,but i want to know where to buy them jus in case.
That was the one I was most worried about, purely because we didn't get told enough about it, but in the end it was fine.
I do lots of sports so that covered a lot of it, brought in my musical side and got involved with projects locally and at school to cover the service. CAS isn't anything too hard, just time consuming and tedious. Also remember to update it when you have nothing else on your plate, for instance I chose a couple of hours in each holiday and just blasted the reflections Whereas some of my friends didn't touch it until nearly exams...that took away what was left of their free time :P
But yeah, there are plenty of things out there to do for it