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    Hey guys - I did the IB in 2001 Nov in Melbourne, Australia and can help you out with any questions you have. i did maths HL, eco HL, chem SL, physics HL, french SL and english SL and got 45. (EE in economics)

    Probably can't answer any subject-specific questions unless they're not topic specific because it was 4 years ago! But I found this forum -(you know, you get bored and look up your own name on google, and my alt.education.ib posts from 2001 are on here somewhere) and thought perhaps i could help. i know how many questions i had when i was where you are!
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    Hi! I'm a pre-IB from Finland. High School has began and now it's the time to turn back from IB, if you feel like it!
    I have been surfing some of the IB-forums here and most of the students sound horrified! Are they really? I am starting to feel scared!
    I'm (quite) good in school, I have my stronger and my weaker subjects and I am not afraid of hard work. Is the IB really worth it, if it's as stressing as they say? Do you think I should try and make it through the IB?
    By the way...Where are you studying now?
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    (Original post by karen-ex-ib)
    Hey guys - I did the IB in 2001 Nov in Melbourne, Australia and can help you out with any questions you have. i did maths HL, eco HL, chem SL, physics HL, french SL and english SL and got 45. (EE in economics)
    You sick sick person. How in the world did u manage to get that?????
    Ok, now all my ambitions are in the bin. :p:

    Umm. I have some problems with Higher Eco. Basicly, its to do with the technique to answering the questions, because i know all the theory but always get low grades in essays. And my teacher is a **** and wont/cant explain how to do it (which i am annoyed about). So basicly, i have been led to believe there is a technique to answering them. I am 2nd year IB right now, so exams are soon. Also for Eco HL i would not be doing the same exact thing as you as i dont have a multiple choice paper, but hte other 3 are longer.

    Eco is the only one i am really worried about, as althought I am very good at the knowledge i jsut cant do the essays well. SO any help will be appreciated

    P.S. A huge well done on the 45, i only know 2 others that got that. I am aiming for 44/45 depending if I can get a 7 in english and a 3 for bonus.
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    Basically the biggest thing i can say that the IB has going for it is Criteria.

    I got to uni in 1st year (studying Engineering / Law), picked up a criteria page off my tutor's desk when i came in late, and did my lab report and got 100%. no one else did. The next class we had to do something like that again for I asked the tutor for the marking criteria. He said, “what do you mean we don’t give that out” and I got in trouble for having had it. From then on, I did not get 100%! Criteria is a HUGE advantage

    The easiest way to succeed in the IB is to guarantee that everything you hand in will get full marks. This is where you use the criteria that we certainly wouldn’t get in the Australian alternative Victorian Certificate of Education Year 12. If you are a good enough writer / analyzer to get the ‘fluffy’ marks in broad-based criteria such as ‘Generally explained all relevant details with accuracy and depth’ etc then the rest is easy. Go over each of your essays/reports/whatever before you hand them in and mark them (cruelly) against the criteria you have. If you don’t fulfill something, go back and fix it up until you do. It requires a good knowledge of what is ‘good enough’ but if you get some feedback from your teachers early on it shouldn’t be too hard to pick up. Obviously you have to have the skills and knowledge to produce this ‘perfect’ essay, but you can leave out working on irrelevant areas that don’t achieve marks and make sure that you don’t skip over the more important areas.

    Especially with Maths, Eco and Physics/Chemistry – (in 2001)!! You only had/have to achieve the marks for a particular criterion perfectly in one or two of your essays/reports in order to achieve an overall perfect mark for that criteria for the set of all reports you do.

    To answer your question on Eco, think criteria again. Use the syllabus and the criteria for exam and essay marking to work out what is really necessary – you don’t have much time or in the case of essays – many words to work with. Always draw a diagram, and practise this a lot. Make sure that before the exam you can draw any diagram from the text book or syllabus and that you can modify it (ie you understand it, not just remember what it looks like) to suit the question.

    Start off in the first paragraph introducing your response to the question, with the basic reasons why/why not you agree or what principles explain what they are asking. Then build yourself an argument. Explain the relevant economic principles (there’s a criterion!) – eg price elasticity of demand – define it and explain why its relevant. Then build a good deep exploration of the topic, using a diagram and local examples to explain yourself.

    Your conclusion should sum up a little, but not just repeat what you have said – mentioning and applying to the current case the limitations of economic analysis is essential in at least one of your responses! Note where the question could be analysed further. Paper 2 is so quick that you will be just writing as fast as your little fingers can move, so you might not get to a conclusion, but the important thing to be in the whole response is clear, smart and applicable – many an eco essay have been written that don’t properly address the exact topic.


    Where is multiple choice? Have they taken it off?
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    Yes multiple choice has been take off, and the other papers are longer. Also commentaries are now 4 x 740 words. The thing with criteria, i keep asking for it and never get given / explained. ANd every time the teacher picks up on somethign I havent said. I mean I get the impression that he is making it up, as it cannot possible that they expect you to write and analyse so much in the 20 mins you get for eaach essay question. I mean its just silly. He expects us to make a variety of connections and interpretations and consider a wide range of possibilities, which i think is an absurd expectation, but I may be wrong. However, even the brightest people, who manage to get 7's in everything else, did not get a 7 from him. (its only a macro problem really, i am fine on macro essays and questions as they are marked by a different teacher)
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    Just one question before i proceed on what has so far been a fruitless quest: did you EVER find IB past\practice exam papers...or are there legends of some heroic ib student that did? if so, do share the secret.

    zaza




    (Original post by karen-ex-ib)
    Hey guys - I did the IB in 2001 Nov in Melbourne, Australia and can help you out with any questions you have. i did maths HL, eco HL, chem SL, physics HL, french SL and english SL and got 45. (EE in economics)

    Probably can't answer any subject-specific questions unless they're not topic specific because it was 4 years ago! But I found this forum -(you know, you get bored and look up your own name on google, and my alt.education.ib posts from 2001 are on here somewhere) and thought perhaps i could help. i know how many questions i had when i was where you are!
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    Hi Karen,

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience. Just one question: by criteria do you mean the markscheme for the examination paper? If so, they can be purchased directly from the IBO organization:

    http://www.ibo.org/ibo/index.cfm?pag...&method=search

    Look at the bottom of the page for " Combined CD-Rom examination paper and markscheme packs"

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    FromTheSouth
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    Yes that looks right i guess. i think i was very lucky. our school had copies of all the past papers that were available which we were able to purchase for $5 per subject (refundable on return at end of ib). some were withheld and given as practice exams. the markschemes were part of this i think - but 'markschemes' are more a set of answers for the exams than criteria.

    I can't remember exactly, but i think that for each subject there was some kind of subject guide, which included syllabus, criteria for essays/exams, etc. Are you guys not getting these? It seems terribly expensive to have to buy the past exams at $US9 a pop unless you could get a huge group together like your class and do photocopies. i think that i was able to download them from somewhere - quite possibly my school website that i can no longer access. i'll see what i can find.
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    I found this on another forum

    Past IB English exams:

    http://teach.beavton.k12.or.us/~jona...astibexam.html

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    IB Math Studies Exams

    http://www.geocities.com/swmathstudi...IBMS2003P1.pdf
    http://www.geocities.com/swmathstudi...IBMS2003P2.pdf

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    A large number of exams in chemistry can be found below:
    IB EXAMINATIONS - PAST PAPERS FOR THE 1998 - 2002 COURSE: Chemistry
    http://science.mlc.vic.edu.au/chemis...al.htm#nov1998

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    Plenty of physics, math and biology exams can be found here:
    http://neural.sc.mahidol.ac.th/~rachan/Teaching.htm

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    Past IB chemistry exams, with solutions for the years 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.
    Deerfield Beach High
    http://www.dbhschem.com/

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    Many past IB exams can be found here:
    http://www.intst.net/dt/IB/year_13.htm

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    Here's a forum especially for students taking IB exams. You can also
    find some recent sample questions.
    Survive IB
    http://www.surviveib.com/index.htm

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    This may help in English Literature:
    http://www.litworks.com/Commentary%2...%20Section.htm

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    More IB papers at Torrent:
    http://members.fortunecity.com/ibpaper/

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    More exams:
    http://www.e2bn.net/bismoscow/accounts/staff/beyersc/

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    and for ITGS

    http://studentnet.launc.tased.edu.au...ITGS1Aug03.doc

    http://studentnet.launc.tased.edu.au...ITGS1Nov03.doc

    These papers were found on this site:
    http://studentnet.launc.tased.edu.au.../ITGSExams.htm
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    http://ibchem.com/
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    http://www.angelfire.com/wizard/ib-notes/

    finding the syllabus for your subjects shouldn't be too hard - usually they are in the textbooks you use if you have an IB specific text??
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    http://www.uwcsea.edu.sg/chem/IBfold...CHEMISTRY.html
    the past paper links don't seem to work but could be useful anyway
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    More IB papers at Torrent:
    http://members.fortunecity.com/ibpaper/

    This one looks especially good - might need to download a bit torrent downloader for it, but looks like it has markschemes etc and loads of papers
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    thank you so much!!! im lookin into those sites rite now!
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    Hey Karen! i'm doing physics in the IB and i'm having so much trouble doing the error analysis section, which is the only section that hinders me from doing all my reports. I really have trouble in the whole thing. Is there a guided example/ error-analysis report that you would recommend? thanks!

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    (Original post by irQ-)
    Hi! I'm a pre-IB from Finland. High School has began and now it's the time to turn back from IB, if you feel like it!
    I have been surfing some of the IB-forums here and most of the students sound horrified! Are they really? I am starting to feel scared!
    I'm (quite) good in school, I have my stronger and my weaker subjects and I am not afraid of hard work. Is the IB really worth it, if it's as stressing as they say? Do you think I should try and make it through the IB?
    By the way...Where are you studying now?
    u know everything depends on u..if u want to achieve 45 you have to work really hard but if you would be satisfied with only minimum - 24point (not recommended) than you would consider as being rather easy..
    personally i dont work that hard..i have my social life and school is kind of on the second place..and my predicted point status is around 35 (which is kind of fine) ...
    Its all about time management..if you leave everything for the last moment then it can b REALLY stressfull..but if you keep track of things that need to b done then it will b all g...

    I strongly recomend u IB its great bcause u can chose subject u really like and its supported by many universities : ))
    go 4 it ...
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    (Original post by karen-ex-ib)
    Hey guys - I did the IB in 2001 Nov in Melbourne, Australia and can help you out with any questions you have. i did maths HL, eco HL, chem SL, physics HL, french SL and english SL and got 45. (EE in economics)
    oh congratulation to the perfect achievement Karen : )
    I have one question about English...how did u manage to get 100% from the essays?? i just try as hard as i can but my english scores never go above 92.

    and since we dont write that many essays (only one or 2 per quarter)
    I dont have many opportunities to improve myslef..
    do u have any suggestions?
    (I know this is kind of a too broad question, so if u can not answer I will understand it)
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    a 7 doesn't mean u had to get 100% in every essay! i think in the exam i got a 6 and a 7 in papers 1 & 2 and a 7 for internal assessment / oral. so i got 7 overall, but on that 6 i probably got 80% or something.

    (Original post by parsimony)
    oh congratulation to the perfect achievement Karen : )
    I have one question about English...how did u manage to get 100% from the essays?? i just try as hard as i can but my english scores never go above 92.

    and since we dont write that many essays (only one or 2 per quarter)
    I dont have many opportunities to improve myslef..
    do u have any suggestions?
    (I know this is kind of a too broad question, so if u can not answer I will understand it)
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    Hi, Karen:

    I'm new to this site. Our daughter is doing the IB Diploma Exam in May and one of them is Biology SL. It is definitely not her strongest subject. I would appreciate some guidance and any material you can lead us to such as past papers and markschemes. I assume these contain the answers?

    If you have anything else on HL - Philosophy, English and German and SL Math.
    Always and with kindest regards,

    Linda

    (Original post by karen-ex-ib)
    Yes that looks right i guess. i think i was very lucky. our school had copies of all the past papers that were available which we were able to purchase for $5 per subject (refundable on return at end of ib). some were withheld and given as practice exams. the markschemes were part of this i think - but 'markschemes' are more a set of answers for the exams than criteria.

    I can't remember exactly, but i think that for each subject there was some kind of subject guide, which included syllabus, criteria for essays/exams, etc. Are you guys not getting these? It seems terribly expensive to have to buy the past exams at $US9 a pop unless you could get a huge group together like your class and do photocopies. i think that i was able to download them from somewhere - quite possibly my school website that i can no longer access. i'll see what i can find.
 
 
 

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