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    (Original post by chenji)
    hmm.. well if you want to lessen your workload, then yes, not taking HL Chemistry would be a good choice -- I've heard HL Chem is rather difficult too. I can't say for sure that you won't need Chemistry at HL if you're doing humanities in Uni since I haven't done much research about undergrad requirements for humanities degrees, but I suppose so? If you think you'll benefit more from HL Economics then I think it wouldn't hurt to take it (I mean, I chose HL Chem and Econ )
    Nice! Thanks! Since you take HL Economics, how hard would you it is to pick up? I've taken a look at the syllabus and it seems quite interesting, but IDK what it'd be like in terms of the difficulty of the content.
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    Nice! Thanks! Since you take HL Economics, how hard would you it is to pick up? I've taken a look at the syllabus and it seems quite interesting, but IDK what it'd be like in terms of the difficulty of the content.
    oh no! haha I meant that I picked HL Economics -- I haven't started IB either so I can't help you on that one :P Sorry about that confusion! I have heard that it is one of the easier HLs to do though which is reassuring, but then again 'easy' probably isn't included in the IB's list of vocabulary x)
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    (Original post by chenji)
    oh no! haha I meant that I picked HL Economics -- I haven't started IB either so I can't help you on that one :P Sorry about that confusion! I have heard that it is one of the easier HLs to do though which is reassuring, but then again 'easy' probably isn't included in the IB's list of vocabulary x)
    Oops sorry, I misunderstood! XD

    That's true, IB as a whole is probably really difficult. As if taking 6 subjects isn't enough, we still have the EE, TOK and CAS >.<
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    (Original post by nusquam)
    Oops sorry, I misunderstood! XD

    That's true, IB as a whole is probably really difficult. As if taking 6 subjects isn't enough, we still have the EE, TOK and CAS >.<
    yeah... haha.. :/
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    To anyone who is thinking about doing IB, i'm in second year and im taking my finals atm - IT definitely requires *a lot* of effort- juggling 6 subjects with CAS,TOK and EE on top of that is definitely a struggle (we all have breakdowns though so its ok lol) !
    I do HL history, english and french and SL biology, spanish and maths studies

    HL history is the bane of my life haha
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    (Original post by nusquam)
    The only part I'm worried about IB History is the memorisation part. I'm interested in the content, so I think that it will make memorising the information slightly easier, but I've still heard that it's very content-heavy (help!). My plan so far is to take History HL for about a month, and then if I feel as though it is too hard, I will switch it out for Philosophy HL (which the school will hopefully allow).

    I know that for my school's History teachers are quite good - they're better than the Philosophy teachers, so I'm going to bear that in mind when I make my decision.

    I agree with you - I really want a version of IB where we can study all the things we're interested in without the need for exams. Sometimes it's a bit sad how society places such a large value and emphasis on exam grades.
    Hi, I know this has been replied to, but I'd just like to say that in my opinion, a month is not enough to know if History is too hard or not. Each individual topic is very straightforward and not that hard, but put together for final exams, the workload increases exponentially. Throughout my 2 years in history I thought it was easy and was getting 6s/7s. I'm barely scraping a 5 for my predicted grades. You are correct, its insanely content heavy, but more than that. You don't just have to memorise, you need to memorise the content then analyse on the spot.

    I love the content of history but by the end of it, it really wore me down. I would not suggest Chem and History HL, this year both exams are at the same time D: But then again it might change

    I very much regret not taking Econ HL instead. But it really is up to you and you're studying XD Don't get me wrong I liked history, I'm just struggling so bad for exams right now
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    (Original post by beljaroo)
    Hi, I know this has been replied to, but I'd just like to say that in my opinion, a month is not enough to know if History is too hard or not. Each individual topic is very straightforward and not that hard, but put together for final exams, the workload increases exponentially. Throughout my 2 years in history I thought it was easy and was getting 6s/7s. I'm barely scraping a 5 for my predicted grades. You are correct, its insanely content heavy, but more than that. You don't just have to memorise, you need to memorise the content then analyse on the spot.

    I love the content of history but by the end of it, it really wore me down. I would not suggest Chem and History HL, this year both exams are at the same time D: But then again it might change

    I very much regret not taking Econ HL instead. But it really is up to you and you're studying XD Don't get me wrong I liked history, I'm just struggling so bad for exams right now
    Hey there! Thank you so much for your opinion

    I've been thinking about this for the past few days, and yes, I've heard that the History exam is a pain in the butt, especially for HL since the amount of work is insane. However, I do think that it's a good challenge, and paired with my interest for History, I think I'll be fine doing it. Courses I want to do in University also recommend History, so at the end of the day, I'll probably end up sticking to it (as opposed to changing to HL Philosophy).

    I don't really mind when the exams are for each subject, but after some consideration, I've decided to take Econ HL instead of Chem HL. I picked Chem HL as a back-up so I could study science in University, but I've heard that in order to do so, you either need one HL science and HL maths, or two HL sciences (both of which I don't have - I only have one science).

    Again, thank you very much! Good luck on your exams
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    (Original post by nusquam)
    Hey there! Thank you so much for your opinion

    I've been thinking about this for the past few days, and yes, I've heard that the History exam is a pain in the butt, especially for HL since the amount of work is insane. However, I do think that it's a good challenge, and paired with my interest for History, I think I'll be fine doing it. Courses I want to do in University also recommend History, so at the end of the day, I'll probably end up sticking to it (as opposed to changing to HL Philosophy).

    I don't really mind when the exams are for each subject, but after some consideration, I've decided to take Econ HL instead of Chem HL. I picked Chem HL as a back-up so I could study science in University, but I've heard that in order to do so, you either need one HL science and HL maths, or two HL sciences (both of which I don't have - I only have one science).

    Again, thank you very much! Good luck on your exams
    I think Econ HL is a great idea And, oh, the by all means history would be great. You're right its not hard it's just a pain at times XD It also does improve your writing and critical thinking/writing which makes the language exams 10x easier without any extra work.

    Thanks and good luck with IB!
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    (Original post by dooodle1)
    I have chosen the following subjects for IB because I felt they best suited both my strengths and the degree I aspire to do at uni, however I have been told on frequent occasions that these subjects will generate an extraordinary workload, and that it will be far too much to cope with.

    Maths HL
    Physics HL
    Russian B HL

    English A SL
    Economics SL
    Latin SL

    I do not doubt my abilities in these subjects, but will it really be too much to handle?
    Maths and Physics HL are incredibly difficult subjects (comapred to other options) however it is not impossible to do well; friends who finished the IB with me and did both Maths and Physics HL, got 7s in both and still had really good social lives.

    What matters however is what you want to do in Uni and where, as if its a challenging course and/or a reputable uni (in the UK) they will almost certainly require Maths HL in the application, everything else is supplementary but doing a subject at HL that is related to your desired Uni course will definitely strengthen your application,
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    (Original post by PeterHuang)
    Hi I'm Peter

    I'm a GCSE student and got my results recently (12A*!) which I'm really happy about. But my decisions in my IB subjects are really worrying me.

    I really enjoy the science and do well in them, especially Biology which I have chosen for Higher Level. I've been advised to take another science to make sure I open all doors for a career in the sciences so I have decided to take Higher Chemistry

    I'm also interested in finance and look forward to a career with a kind of business like surrounding and lifestyle. So I have chosen to take Maths Higher with Economics Standard.

    So overall I'm taking:

    Higher Level
    Maths
    Chemistry
    Biology

    Standard Level
    German
    English
    Economics

    I understand that the subjects I have chosen are really hard, and I'm wondering if I should switch economics with geography which is a subject I do well at and could boost my overall IB score? Would it give me less options in the future for a career in finance? I've also heard that standard levels aren't that important?

    Sorry, Its a bit long winded xD
    I'm grateful for any replies
    Thanks =D
    To be brutally honest, the only subject that really matters for a science course or economics course at a good uni (Warwick, UCL, Imperial, etc.) is HL Maths. Without this your application may not even be considered. Any other subject is supplementary, its obviously good to take a subject related to your desired uni course at HL as it fortifies your application and shows your engagement with the subject but its not required; just because you chose geography over econs at IB doesnt mean you cant do econs at uni (not even LSE has econs as a required subject - just HL Maths). Still have a look at some desired unis and courses entry requirements just to have an idea but really shouldnt make a difference what you choose as long as you got that HL Maths.
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    (Original post by astonky)
    Hi, I am interested in choosing the following subjects for my IB diploma programme:

    English A SL/HL
    Spanish B HL
    Geography HL
    Business Management SL/HL
    Computer Science SL
    Maths SL/HL

    1. I have not had computer science classes so far, but we can choose between either biology, physics or computer science, and to me biology and physics were really boring. Is computer science manageable?
    2. I am not sure whether I should take English, Maths or Business Management for my third higher level. I think I would prefer to choose Business Management, but that is a self-study online course and I haven't had any classes in the subject before. So should I go for English instead? Or perhaps Maths? Which is easiest?
    3. Is this a good choice considering I am interested in studying business management at uni?
    I finished my IB last year (took a gap year to do internships) and have applied to business courses at Durham, Cass and University of Manchester and hold offers from all 3. I did Physics, Business Management and Econs at HL; Spanish, English (Lang Lit) and Maths at SL. When researching and applying for business courses I realized that there aren't really any "preferred" subjects, they care more about the score breakdown (i.e. 766 at HL). The top top unis like LSE or UCL do have 1 subject requirement, which is that you must do HL Maths or else your application will not be considered. And all of the unis that I applied to stated that they don't recognize Math Studies or Self Study as subjects. Having said that I did choose both Business and Econs at HL to strengthen my business Uni application and show interest, commitment and dedication to my chosen course; but it is not a requirement and by no means will your application be discarded if you do Geo over Business at HL (even though i would personally do business). Just be sure to take HL Maths if you are aiming for LSE or UCL
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    (Original post by LGoncalves)
    I finished my IB last year (took a gap year to do internships) and have applied to business courses at Durham, Cass and University of Manchester and hold offers from all 3. I did Physics, Business Management and Econs at HL; Spanish, English (Lang Lit) and Maths at SL. When researching and applying for business courses I realized that there aren't really any "preferred" subjects, they care more about the score breakdown (i.e. 766 at HL). The top top unis like LSE or UCL do have 1 subject requirement, which is that you must do HL Maths or else your application will not be considered. And all of the unis that I applied to stated that they don't recognize Math Studies or Self Study as subjects. Having said that I did choose both Business and Econs at HL to strengthen my business Uni application and show interest, commitment and dedication to my chosen course; but it is not a requirement and by no means will your application be discarded if you do Geo over Business at HL (even though i would personally do business). Just be sure to take HL Maths if you are aiming for LSE or UCL
    Thanks. For now, I have submitted the following choices for IB next year, but I might change things next year depending on how the courses go for me.
    Geography HL
    Business HL
    Maths HL
    Spanish B HL (may drop to SL)
    English A SL
    Computer Science SL
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    hi im currently *still* on my igcse exams but i have already made choices for my IB next year..

    HL:
    GEO (100% taking it)
    PSYCHO
    BIO(100% taking it)

    SL:
    ENG A
    CHINESE A
    MATH

    do you think having 3 memory based subjects at HL would be disastrous? and is it hard to handle both languages at A? (my school insisted us to take both at A so we can receive the bilingual diploma)
    and it wht is psychology like? is it hard?
    lastly is math sl hard? cuz im not really good at maths and i know its similar to additional math in igcse
    Thanks!!
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    (Original post by nerdcry)
    hi im currently *still* on my igcse exams but i have already made choices for my IB next year..

    HL:
    GEO
    PSYCHO
    BIO

    SL:
    ENG A
    CHINESE A
    MATH

    do you think having 3 memory based subjects at HL would be disastrous? and is it hard to handle both languages at A? (my school insisted us to take both at A so we can receive the bilingual diploma)
    and it wht is psychology like? is it hard
    Thanks!!
    Well, in my opinion, (to answer your first question) it really is up to your ability in terms of memorisation - some people are great at it, others (like me) not so much. If you know you like the subjects, and believe that you are capable, then I'd say go for it!

    I am in a similar position to you - still doing igcse exams, and have chosen my IB subjects, so I haven't had any experience in IB yet (sorry about that), though I've heard quite a lot!

    I originally chose both languages at A as well, but dropped down to Chinese B (HL). Once again, I think it depends on your ability for languages. Even though chinese is my mother tongue, I'm not very good at it (I'm terrible at reading and writing), and in order to do well in it I knew I'd have to spend lots of time on it, which I didn't think was ideal, as I don't need Chinese A for what I want to take in university. In my opinion, I don't think the bilingual diploma is very useful unless you're planning to pursue something related to language, translation, etc. My brother took Chinese A, and though he didn't do too well, he still got the bilingual diploma, but even then it hasn't really made much of a difference for him.

    I'm afraid I can't offer much insight on IB Psychology, because I didn't take it at IGCSE or choose it for IB - sorry! :P Then again, to answer your last question, nothing is really easy in IB, so as long as you put your mind to something and commit and don't leave everything to the last minute, you will be capable of doing well

    Hope I helped!
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    (Original post by chenji)
    Well, in my opinion, (to answer your first question) it really is up to your ability in terms of memorisation - some people are great at it, others (like me) not so much. If you know you like the subjects, and believe that you are capable, then I'd say go for it!

    I am in a similar position to you - still doing igcse exams, and have chosen my IB subjects, so I haven't had any experience in IB yet (sorry about that), though I've heard quite a lot!

    I originally chose both languages at A as well, but dropped down to Chinese B (HL). Once again, I think it depends on your ability for languages. Even though chinese is my mother tongue, I'm not very good at it (I'm terrible at reading and writing), and in order to do well in it I knew I'd have to spend lots of time on it, which I didn't think was ideal, as I don't need Chinese A for what I want to take in university. In my opinion, I don't think the bilingual diploma is very useful unless you're planning to pursue something related to language, translation, etc. My brother took Chinese A, and though he didn't do too well, he still got the bilingual diploma, but even then it hasn't really made much of a difference for him.

    I'm afraid I can't offer much insight on IB Psychology, because I didn't take it at IGCSE or choose it for IB - sorry! :P Then again, to answer your last question, nothing is really easy in IB, so as long as you put your mind to something and commit and don't leave everything to the last minute, you will be capable of doing well

    Hope I helped!
    thankyou n gd luck in your exams!!! and, i will hv to do really bad (like a C) inorder to get into chi B...
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    thankyou n gd luck in your exams!!! and, i will hv to do really bad (like a C) inorder to get into chi B...
    Thanks! Good luck to you too As for chinese...hmm, in my school, we were allowed to swap levels as long as we had a reasonable explanation to why or if the teachers agreed to open up the option for us... :s :curious:
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    (Original post by nerdcry)
    hi im currently *still* on my igcse exams but i have already made choices for my IB next year..

    HL:
    GEO (100% taking it)
    PSYCHO
    BIO(100% taking it)

    SL:
    ENG A
    CHINESE A
    MATH

    do you think having 3 memory based subjects at HL would be disastrous? and is it hard to handle both languages at A? (my school insisted us to take both at A so we can receive the bilingual diploma)
    and it wht is psychology like? is it hard?
    lastly is math sl hard? cuz im not really good at maths and i know its similar to additional math in igcse
    Thanks!!
    Hi there

    Whilst I don't personally take psych, literally everyone else in my group of friends does :rofl: Despite them saying that it's a worthwhile subject to take, most of them are currently suffering under the fact that there is literally so much to memorise; quote-on-quote: "half the battle isn't even understanding what the studies are saying, it's memorising enough essays for LAQs and stuff". So whilst it isn't the hardest IB subject you could take, it's very taxing on your memorisation skills.

    As for SL maths, the answer to your problems is simple - do you think you'll need maths to some extent for you future career? If the answer is 'yes', then you should probably do SL maths. So, let's say you wanted to geography. To my understanding, some universities require you to have done SL maths, but I can't say for certain if that's the case. On the contrary if your answer is 'no', save yourself the hassle of confusion and take studies. In two years time, you'll be thanking yourself.

    In terms of a bilingual diploma, only do it if you think you're capable of doing well in it. It'll sort of be like analysing literature but in Chinese. One of my friends does Japanese A and she seems to be coping well, though she did find it kind of hard to adjust initially.
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    Hi there

    Whilst I don't personally take psych, literally everyone else in my group of friends does :rofl: Despite them saying that it's a worthwhile subject to take, most of them are currently suffering under the fact that there is literally so much to memorise; quote-on-quote: "half the battle isn't even understanding what the studies are saying, it's memorising enough essays for LAQs and stuff". So whilst it isn't the hardest IB subject you could take, it's very taxing on your memorisation skills.

    As for SL maths, the answer to your problems is simple - do you think you'll need maths to some extent for you future career? If the answer is 'yes', then you should probably do SL maths. So, let's say you wanted to geography. To my understanding, some universities require you to have done SL maths, but I can't say for certain if that's the case. On the contrary if your answer is 'no', save yourself the hassle of confusion and take studies. In two years time, you'll be thanking yourself.

    In terms of a bilingual diploma, only do it if you think you're capable of doing well in it. It'll sort of be like analysing literature but in Chinese. One of my friends does Japanese A and she seems to be coping well, though she did find it kind of hard to adjust initially.
    thankyou so much!!! im not really sure if i really enjoy psycho cuz i hv never tried it before but i dont really hv another choices for humanities.. i hv thought of econ but i heard you hv a math paper on HL and i hate econ (taking on igcse level)
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    (Original post by nerdcry)
    thankyou so much!!! im not really sure if i really enjoy psycho cuz i hv never tried it before but i dont really hv another choices for humanities.. i hv thought of econ but i heard you hv a math paper on HL and i hate econ (taking on igcse level)
    Honestly, if you don't like Econ don't take it, and if you think you'd be ok with psych, go for it! As long as you make sure you don't choose any subjects you dislike or hate, seeing especially as this is the IB, you'll be having classes in that particular subject at least 3 times every week, so make sure that unless you know you'll need the subject for the future (e.g. for uni), don't take any subjects you dislike!

    I had a clash with my igcse options two years ago, and I had to rechoose a subject as my combination didnt work. So I half heartedly flicked through the geography syllabus, thought it'd generally be easy enough, and picked that as my final option. But as the first year passed, I began to realize how much I actually disliked studying the subject, and now I'm preparing for my geography exam in two days and honestly, there's just so much to remember and I can barely find any motivation to study! 😓
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    Hi all!I'm starting the IB next year and I need a little help choosing my subjects. For now, I have chosen HL English, History, and language B. My SLs are Math Studies, Psychology, and Science. But I'm thinking about switching from Math St to Math SL even though I'm obviously going to buuuurn even in the SL Math classes. I'm really bad at math and honestly have no intention of doing anything math based in the future, because I want to go the law school (and as for studying law, I can get away with whatever the bare minimum of math study necessary to get my pre-law education over with is - in this case, Math Studies. Lol I think that's one of the reasons law school is such a popular area of study that it is one of a few professional/graduate fields of study where a math-phobic (aka me) candidate can completely avoid any exposure to mathematics after high school graduation ) But the thing is, I'm also thinking about studying political science or international relations. I did my research and found out that for a mere bachelor's degree, I'd have to take, at a minimum, whatever math is required (at last the general requirements my college/uni requires for the degree, plus any math required to complete the major in political sience). So what do you guys think? What should I do? And what do you guys think about the whole schedule in general?
 
 
 
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