ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Prepare for IB?

Updated on June 28, 2013

Prepare for IB

Why did I create this blog in the first place? The very simple reason is that I have gone through 2 amazing years of my life trying to overcome the obstacles placed by IB. I would like to say that it's very easy if you work hard but that’s not going to help anyone. Experience talking, it didn't help me either. And if you are here, that means you are already or soon to embark on a long journey of IB. Check for updates on this blog, it will have tips and suggestions, which might help you work better not harder.

When I completed the IGCSE and MYP program in grade 10, I was faced by one of the biggest questions I had to answer. There were only two options. Do I take IB? or Do I not? But after looking at the question carefully, it is not that tough after all. If you are willing to work more than you did before (I think most people are). If you think you can produce better work than Grade 10 and below and if you think, you can meet up the deadlines (Sometimes, there are more than you think). You should defiantly choose to take IB. I say this because, Ib will teach you things you might not know before. The curriculum has been designed in such a way that it incorporates every aspect of being an above average student. It doesn’t focus on academics only. Although that's the biggest chunk of IB but if you don’t have CAS or Extended Essay completed; you don’t get the diploma. I will explain CAS and Extended Essay in the upcoming blogs.

But don’t let this scare you. You won’t be alone. When your schoolmates are going through the same condition, there will be a feeling of unity. Everyone will curse IB at the same time. Everyone will have something to complain about, whether it’s about not getting enough sleep or too much work to complete, the list never ends. But what you can do is prepare yourself for the worst and hope for the best.

Now that you are convinced that you will take IB, the next biggest or probably THE BIGGEST question you will have to answer is, which subjects to choose? You will have to choose 6 subjects. 3 subjects from higher level and 3 subjects from standard level. On top of that, two subjects are mandatory, TOK (Theory of Knowledge) and PE.

How to choose subjects?

There are 6 ‘groups’ of subjects you can choose from.

Group 1: English

Group 2: Second Language

Group 3: Individuals and Societies (Humanities)

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

Group 5: Math and Computer Sciences

Group 6: The arts

Ib students are expected to take one subject from each group but if they choose not to take arts, they can choose two subjects from either Humanities or Sciences. Sometimes, your school may allow you to take two second languages and it will depend on your school if you have the option to choose these subjects. I will go in detail in my upcoming blogs but for now, all you need to know about the groups is…

English:

i) Literature

ii) Language and Literature (New Course)

Second Language:

i) French

ii) German

iii) Chinese

iv) Japanese

v) Spanish

vi) Korean

vii) Dutch

viii) Self Taught (You can choose any language but you will have to study on your own, that is if your school allows you to do so)

Individual and Societies:

i) Geography

ii) Economics

iii) Business

iv) History

v) Politics

vi) Civics

vii) Sociology

viii) Anthropology

ix) Psychology

Experimental Science

i) Physics

ii) Chemistry

iii) Biology

iv) EVS (Environmental Studies)

Math and Computer Sciences

NOTE* Although these are different levels not subjects, but the gap between them is so huge that it is worth mentioning as different subjects.

i) Mathematics Core

ii) Standard Mathematics

iii) Higher Level Mathematics

iv) Extended/Further Mathematics (Most of the school don’t offer this)

v) Information technology in a Global Society (ITGS)

Arts

i) Dance

ii) Music

iii) Theater

So these are the options you have and now you have to decide, which ones to take as higher level and which ones to take as standard level. Best advice I can give you is choose the one you score highly on as higher level and rest as standard level. From an academic adviser’s perspective, that's not how you should go about it. But from a student’s perspective, this is exactly how we should go about it. It is very logical that if you are scoring high on a subject, that means you do like that subject and you are taking trouble to study and getting good grades. But there is a catch. If you are scoring well in Music and you choose Music as a higher level subject but you want to be an Economist and you don’t choose Economics as a higher level subject, there is a miss match. You should choose what you like and the subjects that you think you will take in University as well. That's right, you will have to start planning that early. I will try to go in further depth in the upcoming blogs on how to chose the level of the subject.

Now that you have chose your subjects you are ready to begin a two year journey with lots of twists and turns. This might sound very cliché but once you are done, you will feel the same. This whole blog is about how to prepare yourself and get your diploma by working in a smart way. As for me, IB results are going to be available in 8 days. Fingers crossed.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)