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    well where do i begin so i started the IB program this year and enjoyed it at first i thought it was quite interesting. i chose it over A-levels thinking it would allow me to gain a better perspective of the way uni works and stuff.

    So far I'm not coping with IB the stress is slowly creeping in, the endless amounts of homework piling up leaving me exhausted every night trying to work through them in hopes of finishing so i can catch a few zzz.

    There is deadline upon deadline and essays and ugh i hate it.

    plus on top of that i believe that I'm not going to pass the IB program. ever since i started i have been feeling like a failure and an idiot.

    All my friends think that this program was made for them while I'm sitting here feeling stupid and dumb.

    i haven't been getting the grades i want in my subject despite the efforts I'm putting in everyday
    the only subject I'm doing great in is english SL and i seem to enjoy it a lot .

    i feel like if i go to my mum and tell her i don't like the program can i change she'll be like why didn't you tell me and stuff.

    i can't handle it . i know i sound whiny I'm sorry I'm not normally like this its just I'm stressed and disappointed.

    ps- my subjects are

    History HL - took it with no history GCSE background
    Art HL - ok i guess for now
    Physics HL - I'm starting to slowly understand but not completely
    Maths studies - don't judge me I'm not that good at maths
    Spanish abnitio - its ok
    English SL - i love it

    on top of all this we do a special exam conducted by the government on the native language of where i live and i just took a practice test today and its hard and i don't know the language.
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    (Original post by aztecqueen)
    well where do i begin so i started the IB program this year and enjoyed it at first i thought it was quite interesting. i chose it over A-levels thinking it would allow me to gain a better perspective of the way uni works and stuff.

    So far I'm not coping with IB the stress is slowly creeping in, the endless amounts of homework piling up leaving me exhausted every night trying to work through them in hopes of finishing so i can catch a few zzz.

    There is deadline upon deadline and essays and ugh i hate it.

    plus on top of that i believe that I'm not going to pass the IB program. ever since i started i have been feeling like a failure and an idiot.

    All my friends think that this program was made for them while I'm sitting here feeling stupid and dumb.

    i haven't been getting the grades i want in my subject despite the efforts I'm putting in everyday
    the only subject I'm doing great in is english SL and i seem to enjoy it a lot .

    i feel like if i go to my mum and tell her i don't like the program can i change she'll be like why didn't you tell me and stuff.

    i can't handle it . i know i sound whiny I'm sorry I'm not normally like this its just I'm stressed and disappointed.

    ps- my subjects are

    History HL - took it with no history GCSE background
    Art HL - ok i guess for now
    Physics HL - I'm starting to slowly understand but not completely
    Maths studies - don't judge me I'm not that good at maths
    Spanish abnitio - its ok
    English SL - i love it

    on top of all this we do a special exam conducted by the government on the native language of where i live and i just took a practice test today and its hard and i don't know the language.
    I think it might be comforting for you to know that there are other people going through the exact same thing - it's what I felt a moth ago. It's a lot better now that I've learnt to manage my time more effectively. And don't worry if you're finding the courses hard - you've picked two very intense subjects as your highers (History and Physics) that are among the hardest on IB. Btw what is that native language of where you live? Do you live in a foreign country? Or is it in some place like Wales?
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    (Original post by tim_72)
    I think it might be comforting for you to know that there are other people going through the exact same thing - it's what I felt a moth ago. It's a lot better now that I've learnt to manage my time more effectively. And don't worry if you're finding the courses hard - you've picked two very intense subjects as your highers (History and Physics) that are among the hardest on IB. Btw what is that native language of where you live? Do you live in a foreign country? Or is it in some place like Wales?
    the native language is arabic but I'm from wales so yea i live in a foreign country.
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    (Original post by aztecqueen)
    well where do i begin so i started the IB program this year and enjoyed it at first i thought it was quite interesting. i chose it over A-levels thinking it would allow me to gain a better perspective of the way uni works and stuff.

    So far I'm not coping with IB the stress is slowly creeping in, the endless amounts of homework piling up leaving me exhausted every night trying to work through them in hopes of finishing so i can catch a few zzz.

    There is deadline upon deadline and essays and ugh i hate it.

    plus on top of that i believe that I'm not going to pass the IB program. ever since i started i have been feeling like a failure and an idiot.

    All my friends think that this program was made for them while I'm sitting here feeling stupid and dumb.

    i haven't been getting the grades i want in my subject despite the efforts I'm putting in everyday
    the only subject I'm doing great in is english SL and i seem to enjoy it a lot .

    i feel like if i go to my mum and tell her i don't like the program can i change she'll be like why didn't you tell me and stuff.

    i can't handle it . i know i sound whiny I'm sorry I'm not normally like this its just I'm stressed and disappointed.

    ps- my subjects are

    History HL - took it with no history GCSE background
    Art HL - ok i guess for now
    Physics HL - I'm starting to slowly understand but not completely
    Maths studies - don't judge me I'm not that good at maths
    Spanish abnitio - its ok
    English SL - i love it

    on top of all this we do a special exam conducted by the government on the native language of where i live and i just took a practice test today and its hard and i don't know the language.
    This was the exact same reason I chose A-Levels over the IB. A-Levels are much more academic based
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    (Original post by Rohit_Rocks10)
    This was the exact same reason I chose A-Levels over the IB. A-Levels are much more academic based
    IB is just as academic as A-Levels, but the IB diploma requires you to be an all around student -> managing time efficiently, contributing to society, being creative and sporty.
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    (Original post by aztecqueen)
    the native language is arabic but I'm from wales so yea i live in a foreign country.
    That's so cool! So you speak Arabic?
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    (Original post by Rohit_Rocks10)
    This was the exact same reason I chose A-Levels over the IB. A-Levels are much more academic based
    I agree with sophielophie in saying that IB is just as academic as A-Levels. If not more. IB papers are so much more rigorous in testing your understanding of the subject as well as testing how much you actually know (i.e. you need both knowledge AND understanding). From my experience A-Level exams are more like quizzes than real exams (okay that might be an exaggeration but you get what i mean).
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    (Original post by tim_72)
    That's so cool! So you speak Arabic?
    yea. its piss taking having to stress about arabic exams. I'm really bad at grammar so I'm dead lol
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    (Original post by aztecqueen)
    well where do i begin so i started the IB program this year and enjoyed it at first i thought it was quite interesting. i chose it over A-levels thinking it would allow me to gain a better perspective of the way uni works and stuff.

    So far I'm not coping with IB the stress is slowly creeping in, the endless amounts of homework piling up leaving me exhausted every night trying to work through them in hopes of finishing so i can catch a few zzz.

    There is deadline upon deadline and essays and ugh i hate it.

    plus on top of that i believe that I'm not going to pass the IB program. ever since i started i have been feeling like a failure and an idiot.

    All my friends think that this program was made for them while I'm sitting here feeling stupid and dumb.

    i haven't been getting the grades i want in my subject despite the efforts I'm putting in everyday
    the only subject I'm doing great in is english SL and i seem to enjoy it a lot .

    i feel like if i go to my mum and tell her i don't like the program can i change she'll be like why didn't you tell me and stuff.

    i can't handle it . i know i sound whiny I'm sorry I'm not normally like this its just I'm stressed and disappointed.

    ps- my subjects are

    History HL - took it with no history GCSE background
    Art HL - ok i guess for now
    Physics HL - I'm starting to slowly understand but not completely
    Maths studies - don't judge me I'm not that good at maths
    Spanish abnitio - its ok
    English SL - i love it

    on top of all this we do a special exam conducted by the government on the native language of where i live and i just took a practice test today and its hard and i don't know the language.
    I just recently completed the IB (took the Nov 2016 papers) and obtained my diploma with 41 points (776 in my HLs - History, Economics and English Lit). And believe me, I know how you feel completely, as I felt like I was definitely not going to make it through with a decent score of 33 (which in my school, is considered an embarrassing failure, despite it being the global average - so I know how it feels when everyone around you seems to be living it up with the IB). In the first year of my IB, I obtained 29 points for my mocks. Even for the second year, my mocks only yielded a score of 31 overall (and this was approx. 2 months before the actual exams). So don't lose hope, especially since you mentioned you're quite far in. Trust me, the two years will fly by

    As for specific subjects you take, I know of many that end up with 6s and 7s for HL History, despite having 0 experience with history from GCSEs. Because the techniques are so different in IB and GCSE history, having GCSE history knowledge or skills isn't going to help much. I got an A* for GCSE history, and barely scraped a high level 5/low level 6 in IB history until a month before my actual IB exams. Similarly for Physics, my best friend achieved a level 2/3 in her final year mocks, and managed to get a 6 in her actual IB exams. As for your personal understanding of content, I really wasn't able to grasp the concepts in all my subjects in my first year, and was only able to fully understand all after my second year mocks.

    Another suggestion for you if you really cannot handle history or physics, is to maybe bump up SL English to HL English, since you love it. I basically went through 2 subject changes within the first 6 months and trust me, dropping HL Chemistry and HL Maths to its SLs, was the best decision of my life. It will be more bearable studying something you enjoy.

    Lastly, since you're approaching the start of the EE, IAs,TOK coursework grind, I suggest make those your priority, especially your IAs. You'll be amazed how much a strong IA can bump up your final subject grades by a grade boundary or even two.

    Overall, just press on. Because achieving your end goal and/or exceeding your own expectations of yourself feels jizz af, although I walked out all of my final exams feeling like I screwed them up and I thought I was going to end up with an overall score of 35. But my point is, the amount of effort I put in saved my ass in the end.
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    (Original post by btchls)
    I just recently completed the IB (took the Nov 2016 papers) and obtained my diploma with 41 points (776 in my HLs - History, Economics and English Lit). And believe me, I know how you feel completely, as I felt like I was definitely not going to make it through with a decent score of 33 (which in my school, is considered an embarrassing failure, despite it being the global average - so I know how it feels when everyone around you seems to be living it up with the IB). In the first year of my IB, I obtained 29 points for my mocks. Even for the second year, my mocks only yielded a score of 31 overall (and this was approx. 2 months before the actual exams). So don't lose hope, especially since you mentioned you're quite far in. Trust me, the two years will fly by

    As for specific subjects you take, I know of many that end up with 6s and 7s for HL History, despite having 0 experience with history from GCSEs. Because the techniques are so different in IB and GCSE history, having GCSE history knowledge or skills isn't going to help much. I got an A* for GCSE history, and barely scraped a high level 5/low level 6 in IB history until a month before my actual IB exams. Similarly for Physics, my best friend achieved a level 2/3 in her final year mocks, and managed to get a 6 in her actual IB exams. As for your personal understanding of content, I really wasn't able to grasp the concepts in all my subjects in my first year, and was only able to fully understand all after my second year mocks.

    Another suggestion for you if you really cannot handle history or physics, is to maybe bump up SL English to HL English, since you love it. I basically went through 2 subject changes within the first 6 months and trust me, dropping HL Chemistry and HL Maths to its SLs, was the best decision of my life. It will be more bearable studying something you enjoy.

    Lastly, since you're approaching the start of the EE, IAs,TOK coursework grind, I suggest make those your priority, especially your IAs. You'll be amazed how much a strong IA can bump up your final subject grades by a grade boundary or even two.

    Overall, just press on. Because achieving your end goal and/or exceeding your own expectations of yourself feels jizz af, although I walked out all of my final exams feeling like I screwed them up and I thought I was going to end up with an overall score of 35. But my point is, the amount of effort I put in saved my ass in the end.
    i changed hl history to sl and bumped up english but I'm stuck with physics as a back up because I'm too far in to back out. but the things is that I'm really bad at maths so physics hl is really hard. despite me being really good in GCSE I'm not doing so well in IB. I'm trying to understand the topics and concepts and hopefully ill get through physics
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