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    so hello,
    im currently in IB.
    and let me tell you its not an easy course. i guess the contents of the course isnt too difficult but the amount of work it a lot. im not exaggerating here. and plus on top of all the IAs and essays and lab reports we have to deal with our EEs and as well as our CAS. it just a very demanding course. with a lot to take in.

    you can tell you are in IB if you start to procrastinate by doing other homework. :P

    this is what IB is about
    pick 2 out of the 3 and thats your life for the rest of the course:
    - good grades
    - enough sleep
    - good social life.

    maths higher... i heard is a really challenging course. a lot of people who were in the course decided to drop down. though in all the classes especially maths they make the first unit the hardest to see which students can handle it. my advice for you if you were to do HL maths is to stick it out till the end of the first 2 units and then decide to drop it.
    if you do take HL maths it is recommended that you take an extra HL just incase you do decide yo drop it. this means taking 4 HLs.

    it really doesnt matter with language you take. i would take the language you like the most as you will be studying it for the next two years. :P

    IB is international and the requirements sometimes are lower if you take IB because its such a vigorous course. in some uni's if you have taken for example HL bio and got a 6 on the exam the chances are you may skip the first year of Bio in uni for you already have learnt it.

    personally i think if you have the option of taking IB you should.
    okay i have procrastinated enough by telling you this off to finish my ToK presentation.

    good luck! (:
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    To IB or not to IB, that is not the question.
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    i think i know what you school you go to haha, i was considering going there.

    personally i think you should go for it the sports life will be part of your CAS hours anyway

    a) i do IB, HL Math, English, French. SL History, Music, Physics. First year
    b) being predicted A*s at gcse is great, but gcses are sooooo easy in comparison to IB. If you want a great grade IB you should be working every night to make sure you know your stuff + do coursework/homework. in some of my gcses i did minimum work for two years, did a little crash revision at the end and got a*s. you can't even really do that for half term tests because the combined stress is too much. don't be scared though- make sure you do your work every night and you'll be fine
    c)maths is fine. i only have a gcse A* and i got a 5 in my first class test a month in (the exam question style takes getting used to)
    d) french is better . i'm biased though haha.
    e)it's good either way. it's easier to get to good unis through A levels because there's less work and solid predictions from AS. but do well in IB and it doesn't matter
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    I finished my IB in 2009 so I should be able to help you with some of your questions.

    What I did:

    Maths HL
    Economics HL
    Chemistry:

    English SL
    Philosophy SL
    Russian SL

    Good Points of IB:

    1. Shows you are an all rounded person
    2. Universities realise it is very demanding, and on the whole give you fair offers.
    3. Puts you in good stead if you want to go to university/work abroad.
    4. I really enjoyed having a variety of different subjects. It meant that I never really got bored of my subjects.
    5. You stick out from regular students. Even though they have now introduced the A* at A Level, it is still difficult to differentiate the brilliant students from the rest. However with IB, anyone who achieves 45 you can tell is extremely intelligent (very very few students achieve this worldwide.) Wheres a thousands of people achieved 3 As at A Level the year I left school.

    Bad Points:
    1. Much harder than A Levels - I did higher Maths and I had to spend so much time on it that some of my other subjects suffered as a result!
    2. Some universities don't really understand the IB. e.g. in my year, Exeter decided to give offers of 43 points. (which is ridiuclously high for anywhere). and Cambridge rejected a guy in my class who got 45 points!
    3. Im not too sure how long this boys school you are talking about has been doing the IB, but it is very important that the teachers understand how it all works, and that they understand the sylabus for each subject. Some schools which aren't specialist IB schools can have problems.

    I would say go for it, I think the IB is such a good foundation for further education, and having done it, you will be that one step ahead of everyone who did A Levels and you will stand out from the rest!
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    I think I know which two schools you're talking about - Highworth and NKS right? Come on - it's gotta be!

    Anyway, the IB at Knatch, and indeed the IB in general, was great. I did HL: Eng, Geog, CompSci, SL: Spanish, Bio and Maths Studies. The workload could be a lot sometimes, but I got 34/45 and although didn't make the grade for my firm choice or the specifics (DON'T DO COMPUTER SCIENCE >:Z) it was still an incredible feeling when I got to the end of the course, and I was still very happy with my grade. There's always loads of opportunities to get involved in sport as part of CAS, too, so there shouldn't be any problems there if you have an active sporting life. Theory of Knowledge was also really interesting and I ended up surprising myself with my grade. The only major downside was the length of the Extended Essay, but it's good practice for university and can be interesting depending on your tutor and the title you've chosen, and the amount of coursework for some subjects is a bit heavy.

    If this is at Knatch, then doubly go for it. The IB co-ordinator is very, very enthusiastic about it and friendly, and the staff have learnt some important lessons after teaching a few years of IB now. Also, the IB is small enough to form a form at NKS, which means that it's a very closely knit group and provides for some fun times.
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    (Original post by bm09)
    A few questions:
    a) What You do?
    b) IBers...what's the standard of work load/content? I'm predicted all a*s at gcse.
    c) " ...higher maths is it that bad? I am a bit of a maths nerd and already have my gcse now doing a FMSQ
    d) "...german or French? Pretty equal ability at both, which is more useful?
    E) I want to go to Oxford for Human Sciences, good idea to IB it? (or anthropology lse/natural sciences durham)

    thankyou in advance...i thought I knew what I was going to do but recent sixth forM days/Reading forums have thrown me :L
    I finished IB this year

    1. I did HL History, Geography, and German, and SL English, Maths and Biology.
    2. Workload is heavy. Seriously, seriously heavy. However, I don't think my IB experience was a typical one, because it was the first (and now only) year my school had done the course, so the teachers weren't experienced at all and were giving us the same amount of work as they gave their A Level students. So effectively we were doing 6 A-Levels
    3. I did Maths SL and I found it hard after getting an A* at GCSE. The three guys who did HL Maths all found it ridiculously hard and were very close to failing, however this may be because our teaching wasn't very good...
    4. German! German German German German German :love:
    5. Most of the top universities are knowledgeable about the IB, but I don't think it will give you a huge advantage over A-Levels.



    (Original post by bm09)
    Right...
    So I'm year 11, and have two options for next year:
    a) stay at my all girls grammar, best results for a levels in area. Sounds good but I feel I've out grown it and want a new challenge despite having had 5 great years and lots of friends.
    b) take THE plunge and go to the boys grammar who now offer the IB (since 2008 so no results yet), it looks appealing (very!) as I am an all rounder and want to keep the breadth. I would be taking HL: Maths, Biology, Geog and SL: Eng, French or German, Chemistry. Concern with this is work load as I do have busy sport life!
    Okay, up till now my post has been fairly positive so I think I ought to be more realistic now xD

    For me, IB was awful, the two most depressing, stressful, lonely, horrific years of my life, and that was almost entirely because of my school's inexperience with IB. The teachers weren't confident, they misinformed us about the difficulty of the subjects or what we'd need to do for certain unis, they didn't teach the correct syllabus, they gave us far too much unnecessary work, and I ended up with 36 points whereas I should have gotten about 40-41.

    The thing that worries me about your post is that you say the school has only been doing it since 2008. Be very very very cautious about this! My initial reaction is just to say 'Don't do IB!', but to be honest I think the best advice I can give is to make sure you thoroughly check out the school and be 100% sure they are managing the course well, before you get involved
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    I love the IB!
    I'm halfway through year 2, and do:
    HL: English, Spanish, Economics
    SL: Maths studies, Bio, French

    I wouldn't do HL maths unless you're very, very good - it's incredibly hard. Standard or studies is the way to go.

    Yeah, the work load is a lot - especially right now, for me =/
    But that is also because I'm very lazy with it, and it tends to pile up!
    If you stay on top of work, you'll have no problem

    I don't regret my decision at all! A far more interesting and life-preparing course than A Levels.
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    I believe this song sums it up wonderfully:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1iEK2h8wIc
    Enjoy!
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    I did the IB and although it was incredibly demanding, I feel it really helped me get where I am today. It's challenging and rigorous, but I feel that by doing the IB over A-Levels you become a well-rounded academic. You study more subjects, as well as TOK, EE and CAS all of which may seem tedious at times, but in the end you benefit from it. EE is an insight to university essays, TOK challenges the way you think which is what the IB is all about, and CAS is also a great experience. Allows you to keep up all aspects of your life. To be honest, if I could do it again, I would take the IB. It's a great opportunity to be offered to do the IB and universities tend to prefer it these days for courses which are not as specific.
    Hope this helped!
 
 
 
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