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    (Original post by jackomarie)
    Hey! Thank you so much for responding and your advice!! I'm nearly finished the first trimester and already thinking about dropping to SL maths, although I have a very good math teacher... And yes, I have two lang As as I'm trying to get a bilingual diploma
    Oh wow I'd wanted two lang As but ended up doing one A and one B so that I could focus more on Chemistry...

    I live in China and the teachers teaches the IB the Chinese way, so lots and lots of practice questions. And it really helps to have a good teacher. I'm applying for medicine this year and I'm taking only maths sl, which has saved me time for biology and volunteering, etc. but I've always thought maths HL can be helpful. Good luck anyway! My school wouldn't accept any changes after the first month, but I suppose it shouldn't be difficult in reality as most subjects have to finish SL content first.
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    Are my chosen subjects too content-heavy?

    I am in the middle of deciding my choices for IB, and I think that I know what I'm going to do. In the future, I would like to study something to do with either law, criminology, or psychology- although I am not sure yet. I just want people's opinions on whether these choices are feasible:

    English Lit A HL
    History HL
    Biology HL
    Psychology HL
    Spanish AI SL
    Math SL

    I will be dropping one of the higher level subjects, most probably English as it is my worst subject out of these 6.
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    (Original post by TiyaDM)
    Are my chosen subjects too content-heavy?

    I am in the middle of deciding my choices for IB, and I think that I know what I'm going to do. In the future, I would like to study something to do with either law, criminology, or psychology- although I am not sure yet. I just want people's opinions on whether these choices are feasible:

    English Lit A HL
    History HL
    Biology HL
    Psychology HL
    Spanish AI SL
    Math SL

    I will be dropping one of the higher level subjects, most probably English as it is my worst subject out of these 6.
    I think they look good. History and biology consist of lots of memorizing, but if you get a good start, they won't be too difficult. I'm never brave enough to consider a Lit A HL so I don't know about that..

    You are doing two social sciences (group 3 subjects)? My school only allows us to do one.
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    (Original post by Sailin)
    I think they look good. History and biology consist of lots of memorizing, but if you get a good start, they won't be too difficult. I'm never brave enough to consider a Lit A HL so I don't know about that..

    You are doing two social sciences (group 3 subjects)? My school only allows us to do one.
    Yes. Luckily, my school allows me to do either 2 social sciences or 2 sciences instead of doing a group 6 subject. I am not a very 'arty' person, that's why I'm doing this
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    I made a video about IB Tips (and how I somehow got 44), which can be v useful when picking your subjects x Hope it helps!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdW8w4YFOVM&t=659s
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    Hey guys! Can anyone help me to choose ib subjects that will keep my options open for many careers. Here’s what my school offers:
    Bio, chem, physics, math SL + HL + studies
    Psychology, economics, history, philosophy, ITGS
    English Language literature, English B and mandatory is Arabic SL
    What combinations will help to keep my options open help!! Thanks. Also if you have career guidance pls share because I need it.
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    (Original post by Taify)
    Hey guys! Can anyone help me to choose ib subjects that will keep my options open for many careers. Here’s what my school offers:
    Bio, chem, physics, math SL + HL + studies
    Psychology, economics, history, philosophy, ITGS
    English Language literature, English B and mandatory is Arabic SL
    What combinations will help to keep my options open help!! Thanks. Also if you have career guidance pls share because I need it.
    In terms of the subjects you should choose, I think you should go with the ones you like at HL and then the ones you don't like so much at SL. No subject combination will leave every career option open, so you'll do well to select a path that you will like.

    In terms of career guidance, in general all careers fall into a few strands that, as I'm sure many people on here will tell you, overlap:
    - Science and technology
    - Creative arts
    - Tertiary (service)
    - Enterpreneurship (business) (which I think deserves its own category)
    (this list is not exhaustive and is only general)

    As long as you do some research into some careers within the strands that you're particularly interested in, you should find something that you like.

    Also, why not try one of these websites:
    CareersBox
    FastTomato

    The first one has informative videos on different careers, and the other has a quiz at the start to help you determine the best career path for you.

    Best of luck
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    (Original post by Taify)
    Hey guys! Can anyone help me to choose ib subjects that will keep my options open for many careers. Here’s what my school offers:
    Bio, chem, physics, math SL + HL + studies
    Psychology, economics, history, philosophy, ITGS
    English Language literature, English B and mandatory is Arabic SL
    What combinations will help to keep my options open help!! Thanks. Also if you have career guidance pls share because I need it.
    it really does depend on what you want to do, because no choices will leave every career open. Do the subjects you enjoy.

    - If you want to go into medicine or other relate fields you need chemistry
    - If you want psychology most universities don't specify that you need to do the subject in DP, so unless you really like the idea of t then its not a big deal.
    - If you want to study law you need either HL English or HL History. They do not specify this on uni pages but law is really competitive so you do need this.
    - If you are good at math consider maths HL, although this is very hard.
    - If you are looking to go into accountancy choose SL or HL Maths and HL Economics.

    Hope this helps!
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    Hey guys! Help me! What do you think about my IB subjects. I chose subjects that I liked not based on career requirements. What careers can I get with these subjects?

    Here it is: hL economics or chemistry
    Psychology
    Biology

    Standard level
    English
    Arabic
    Math

    Also if anyone wants to help me about career guidance please do. Also if you can tell me about each subject it will be very helpful.
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    Hey guys!
    I am planning to do aeronautical engineering at the universities. For that, chemistry is not mandatory yet, desired. But I am taking Chemistry in IB. But, I need to choose between chemistry hl and sl. I am not a native english speaker, so I am not confident about taking English Language and Literature HL. However, I also dont want to take Chemistry HL, as I am already taking harder subjects like Maths HL and Physics HL.
    So which one should I take, chemistry hl or english hl? Which one is supposedly harder?
    PLease help!!!!
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    Should I choose this:
    HL- Maths, Economics, B&M
    SL- French, Computer Science, English Lang. & Lit.

    Or this:
    HL- Maths, Economics, English Lang. & Lit.
    SL- French, Computer Science, B&M

    I want to pursue management in future, but B&M is viewed as a soft subject. Also, I really am interested in English language.

    Please help!
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    (Original post by Taify)
    Hey guys! Help me! What do you think about my IB subjects. I chose subjects that I liked not based on career requirements. What careers can I get with these subjects?

    Here it is: hL economics or chemistry
    Psychology
    Biology

    Standard level
    English
    Arabic
    Math

    Also if anyone wants to help me about career guidance please do. Also if you can tell me about each subject it will be very helpful.
    If you choose Chemistry HL and Biology HL, it means you can go into basically any science field. Economics HL is very good for accounting/finance, although you proably need HL Math, depends which uni. Psychology is a good subject, but I would recommend it at higher level because it doesnt mean much for uni's- u can even study psychology without doing it at HL.
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    Should I take history or psychology HL if I want to study art related subjects in the future
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    (Original post by katherine97085)
    Should I take history or psychology HL if I want to study art related subjects in the future
    Hey I'm currently a student looking to study architecture or design and so far I haven't found any prerequisite for that. BUT, I think also it depends a lot on what "art related subject" you want to do because some design schools might say psychology is beneficial for your studies during uni. I know a lot of people who have applied to American art schools and usually art schools don't require much subjects, it's more about your portfolio and personal statement. Also, check the school that you think you want to get into. Schools tend to slightly differ in their requirements and it is a pain to go check all of them but you got to do what you gotta do. Everyone says this and it gets annoying after hearing it again and again but it really is the only legit way to check. Another way to check is to ask your school counselor.

    And just a sidenote, both subjects take a LOT of memorizing, and it really depends a lot on your teacher, for example, what content you study, how you study it, etc, especially for history. My friends all take history and they seem fine with it because they learn history relevant to their lives so it's interesting for them. If I were you I'd check with your pyschology teacher and history teachers about how they teach it and what they teach, not to mention teachers that will soon teach your other courses.

    This is a note for you and all others that come into this thread for help:
    For any course you take in IB, you should take the courses that you will enjoy, not courses you take only because it might help you to get into university or help you during your studies in university. It is likely that you will get de-motivated because it's not easy as it was in previous years. I've changed my language course in Y1 Semester 2 because I couldn't stand it. And it was the schedule that I chose after thinking at least 10 times about it, along with alot of research about it. So please be careful of what you choose to study. And as I assume you are into arts, I recommend you to stay focused on art. Challenging yourself is good, but overwhelming yourself is bad, and it has lasting effect on your life. Do what you love!!!
    Hope that helps, and ask me if you have more questions!
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    (Original post by morassfatuous03)
    Hey guys!
    I am planning to do aeronautical engineering at the universities. For that, chemistry is not mandatory yet, desired. But I am taking Chemistry in IB. But, I need to choose between chemistry hl and sl. I am not a native english speaker, so I am not confident about taking English Language and Literature HL. However, I also dont want to take Chemistry HL, as I am already taking harder subjects like Maths HL and Physics HL.
    So which one should I take, chemistry hl or english hl? Which one is supposedly harder?
    PLease help!!!!
    Hi! I'm currently in IB. I'm Korean, and I previously took English Lang and lit and changed it to Korean Self-Taught Lit. Personally, I feel like there is a barrier-like thing when you study foreign languages, and it's really hard to break it. For example, I got 760/800 from SAT reading and writing and I still struggled with the course. I could get the workload done, but it took me way longer than it should have, which becomes the problem. Time is really gold in IB.
    And I assume you would want better grades. I wonder what else subjects you are planning to take. I don't take chemistry, but I do take physics, and my friends take physics and chemistry. As long as you have an interest in the subject, and you have a steady working habit, then I think you'd be fine. From what I remember(I was going to do engineering so I was looking into taking chem and physics, but I changed my mind a few months before the final decision date) chemistry HL is harder and has more content than SL. But at the same time, it all comes down to your own efforts and your interest for the subject. If you are a more math and science oriented person that likes to solve problems, learn new stuff, watch science videos in your free time, you probably will find chem hl easier than English hl. Or if you are good at analyzing texts, reading fast, catching the main point of the text, etc, then you probably will like English HL better than chem HL. If it is both then you are gifted lol.

    I suggest having a think about this, talking to your parents, friends, teachers, counselors about this. And then if you still can't decide you can put both of them to HL, so take 4 HLs initially, then drop one later, before the end of first year of IB.
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    Hey guys. So I’m in a dilemma in choosing ib subjects. Firstly, I like math more than science. I do not like memorizing stuff, more of a formula follower, problem solving type of thing. I’m predicted a high A in IGCSE international mathematics but my teacher said I’m capable of getting an A*, so should I consider math HL? These are my subject choices if I choose math HL:
    * Biology HL * Math HL (online) * Art HL * Arabic SL * English A SL * Physics SL

    What careers will this provide me? And what’s your experience with math HL? Is it nessecary to take physics HL along with math HL?

    Now my plan B if I don’t take math HL is this: (I know it’s completely different, this is because in my school we’re not allowed to take physics and biology together) * English A HL * economics HL (online) * Physics HL * Arabic A SL * history or chemistry SL * Math SL What careers can this give me?


    And now my plan C which is not recomended by the school but I can still do it: * English A HL * Psychology HL (online) * Biology HL * Arabic A SL * Math SL * Business and management SL (online) What careers can this give me?



    (Sorry for such a long post and thanks for everything, btw any career guidance will be much appreciated!)
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    (Original post by Sailin)
    Oh wow I'd wanted two lang As but ended up doing one A and one B so that I could focus more on Chemistry...

    I live in China and the teachers teaches the IB the Chinese way, so lots and lots of practice questions. And it really helps to have a good teacher. I'm applying for medicine this year and I'm taking only maths sl, which has saved me time for biology and volunteering, etc. but I've always thought maths HL can be helpful. Good luck anyway! My school wouldn't accept any changes after the first month, but I suppose it shouldn't be difficult in reality as most subjects have to finish SL content first.
    Hey, Sorry I just read this! I actually just dropped to SL math after 2 trimesters, and it's actually very helpful to make time for other things... but thanks and good luck on your medicine applications!!
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    (Original post by Videturo)
    Hey guys. So I’m in a dilemma in choosing ib subjects. Firstly, I like math more than science. I do not like memorizing stuff, more of a formula follower, problem solving type of thing. I’m predicted a high A in IGCSE international mathematics but my teacher said I’m capable of getting an A*, so should I consider math HL? These are my subject choices if I choose math HL:
    * Biology HL * Math HL (online) * Art HL * Arabic SL * English A SL * Physics SL

    What careers will this provide me? And what’s your experience with math HL? Is it nessecary to take physics HL along with math HL?

    Now my plan B if I don’t take math HL is this: (I know it’s completely different, this is because in my school we’re not allowed to take physics and biology together) * English A HL * economics HL (online) * Physics HL * Arabic A SL * history or chemistry SL * Math SL What careers can this give me?

    And now my plan C which is not recomended by the school but I can still do it: * English A HL * Psychology HL (online) * Biology HL * Arabic A SL * Math SL * Business and management SL (online) What careers can this give me?

    (Sorry for such a long post and thanks for everything, btw any career guidance will be much appreciated!)

    Hey, I can't help much for career guidance, sorry, but I'll try helping you from personal experience...
    I'm currently taking:
    HL: chem, bio, english lit (& math before)
    SL: french a, math, history

    Plans:
    In plan A, you said you didn't like memorising and preferred maths over science, so I therefore wouldn't recommend HL bio because it's a lot of memorising (although I enjoy it a lot).
    • I'm sure you could do well in HL math ! I took it for 6 months, and had an amazing teacher, but dropped because of the university courses I'm applying to: I need a guaranteed 7 in my HLs. The first trimester was difficult, and then in the second trimester I realised I needed to do many exercises, lots of past paper questions and spend
    As long as you are interested and prepared to spend time on exercises, you stand a chance at doing really well regardless what is often said about HL maths... However, since it's an online course maybe it'll be easy to lose interest in it? But that all depends on your preferred learning style. It's usually possible to drop to SL maths though if you take 4 HLs.
    • I don't think it's necessary to take Physics HL and math HL, especially since those are 2 challenging subjects– but very achievable if you are interested in them. Typically, someone looking for engineering/math/physics courses would take that combination of subjects.
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=1586981 already discusses this i think

    In plan B, taking both econ and history opens up law as a career option or many other humanities-related careers (I think!!) whilst taking both physics and chemistry opens up engineering in some universities and other science careers.

    Career:
    In terms of career guidance, it's always difficult to know what career is right and I'd say it's impossible for us high schoolers to know that they want a specific career right away...
    What I did was take a personality test (16 personalities, MBTI– it's free online) and thought about the university courses I wanted to study based on my personality type and what general subject I currently enjoy in high school. Depending on what country you want to study in, there's also liberal arts courses where you can still explore subjects of interest at university instead of diving straight into a career.
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    1. Hi! I`m going to take an IB next year and the problem is uni I want to attend. It wants me to take 3 sciences and therefore i will need to either have an irregular diploma or take 7 subjects. My school wants me to drop my social science. I will need to do german B but i think I`ve almost forgotten it and I did not do GCSE German.

      MY QUESTIONS ARE:

      How much free time do IB students have? Is IB diploma really THAT hard? Is language B hard to get 7 in (especially German)? Do you know somebody who is taking 7 IBs and is it manageable?

      Some information about me:

      My choices so far:
      English A lang and lit SL
      German B SL
      Physics HL
      Chemistry HL
      Biology HL
      Math SL
      I am not sure about taking Economics SL as a seventh subject.

      I am expected to get A* in my Bio, Chem, Phys, Art exams and A in math

      Thank you for your help!
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    (Original post by LinaV)
    1. Hi! I`m going to take an IB next year and the problem is uni I want to attend. It wants me to take 3 sciences and therefore i will need to either have an irregular diploma or take 7 subjects. My school wants me to drop my social science. I will need to do german B but i think I`ve almost forgotten it and I did not do GCSE German.

      MY QUESTIONS ARE:

      How much free time do IB students have? Is IB diploma really THAT hard? Is language B hard to get 7 in (especially German)? Do you know somebody who is taking 7 IBs and is it manageable?

      Some information about me:

      My choices so far:
      English A lang and lit SL
      German B SL
      Physics HL
      Chemistry HL
      Biology HL
      Math SL
      I am not sure about taking Economics SL as a seventh subject.

      I am expected to get A* in my Bio, Chem, Phys, Art exams and A in math

      Thank you for your help!
    Hi! I just finished with my last exam yesterday. In answer to your qs yes the IB really is that hard but it is very manageable IF you are organised and keep to deadlines. I am doing 2 language Bs (spanish and french) and if you like languages then I see no reason why you couldnt aim for a 7. SL lang is easier though than HL so it should be achievable. I have never met anyone who has done 7 subjects, but in truth I dont think it is possible. We don't have frees as it is, and ToK is technically a 7th subject anyway...so it would be more like doing 8! Try to stick with 6 if at all poss!
    Hope it goes ok. 😁
 
 
 

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