IB Blogger Reply 22:59

I've been gone for two weeks, and all of you, my two followers, have probably been wondering where I've been and what I've been doing. Or you remembered that this is an IB blog, and I myself am in IB, and I have been over-occupied with IB work. Though honestly, what is new??? When is this not the case. Anyways the last two weeks have been only four day weeks, so it hasn't been that bad, but this week is back to the normal five day week and I honestly do not think that Ia capable of handling it. The last two weeks have not been horrible but they have been fairly tiresome. I'll tell you what went down in each class.

Math SL- We had a test last class. What I hate about math is the fact that I literally understand everything to the point where I can no longer take in any more knowledge, but when I get the test its like BAM nothing makes sense. Or everything still makes sense and I think I did really good and then I get back my test and have a bunch of tiny mistakes that add up to a huge amount and result in me failing YAY :) Math for sure will be the biggest struggle for me this year. Its so weird, before IB, math used to be my favorite class, and now its the class that I have to pray before every test for. I think we're getting the tests back tomorrow and I honestly just feel sick thinking about it so ON TO THE NEXT CLASS.

TOK- Nothing really new in this class as usual it's pretty chill, although we do have to start thinking about TOK essay topic so yeah its getting pretty real. 

Geography HL- So this whole year we haven't got any big case studies and its both wonderful and scary, because every class I'd just be paranoid about getting one but then not having any made my life a hundred times easier. I honestly assumed I was balancing everything so well because I changed over the summer haha, but maybe its because I didn't get any geo case studies. Well I'll see, because last class he gave us one yay!:):):)(sarcasm) It's due in a week, but I promised myself I'd start it early, so here goes. 

French SL- We had two quizzes, I aced one of them but completely bombed the other, and its all because I forgot how to conjugate in the present tense, yes the present tense. I aced a quiz from a topic she just taught us, but I failed a quiz on something I have been learning since 9th grade. Oh well, I will for sure kill the next couple quizzes I'm really hoping for an A in this class!

English HL- English has been really fun this year, we have been deciphering poems, and reading Hamlet. I have become a pro at deciphering Margaret Atwood poems. Throw any of her poems at me and I can easily thoroughly explain what it means to you *flips hair.* Just kidding I am not that great, but I have honestly gotten better at it, I've never been able to analyze literature well, so I'm glad I am improving. Hamlet is also quite interesting, maybe Shakespeare isn't so boring. 

Theater HL- SO MUCH WORK, but now I finally understand everything that I am doing. I am AIMING for a 7 in this class, so I'm going to try my hardest to make sure that everything is done to perfection. Currently I am working on my RI and my IP. If you are just entering the program and are taking Theater HL, I'll give you a little insight on what those two acronyms mean. The RI is a research paper that you write based on the research you found from a specific type of theater. I am doing Kathakali Theater! The IP is an independent project. There's a performance aspect of it, and the write up, right now I am currently working on the performance part. I'm writing my IP based on acting, you can do it on directing, or even tech. For my performance I am doing a monologue from a Neil Simon play!

Chemistry HL- We have a test on Tuesday PRAY FOR ME. I repeat PRAY FOR ME!!! I am so scared. This will be the first time since, the beginning of last year that I actually understand all of the criteria and I can do all of the practice problems and everything, but I am still so scared. This test is everything. If I don't get an A on this test I will honestly just collapse. I have never stressed so much for a test. Tomorrow I am dedicating my whole time after school on studying for that test. It's on oxidation & reduction! The past two weeks have basically been labs, and learning more oxidation&reduction stuff, it has been pretty chill, and it is actually one of my favorite classes! 

Adios amigos! See ya guys when I have swam myself back out of my work load! Hopefully it won't be too long.

Peace. Love. IB. 


IB Blogger Reply 19:57

Ahhh so I've finished my third week of school, and I can honestly say that things are not going so badly, well as of right now. It actually is possible to get things done. I honestly don't know if last year my classes were harder or if I just wasn't trying at all whatsoever. All I know is that I am not sinking in my homework just yet, and even when I get close to sinking I somehow am able to swim myself back up, up high enough to give myself a break and take a 6 hour nap. Just yesterday my CAS adviser said this blog can count for CAS hours AND it counts for my reflections as well, so that is two problems solved in one can I GET AN AMEN!! Anyways I've realized things have been a lot easier this year because I've learned something really important, and that is prioritizing.

Prioritizing is just as important as time management in my opinion. Once you've learned how to prioritize, you'll find IB to be a lot easier, trust me. Listen up and I'll give you some tips on how to prioritize, I am not saying I'm an expert, but I'm an expert okay. Just kidding, but read through anyways, if it helped someone as disorganized as me, it'll help you.

Okay, well we are all in IB because we all think that we can handle anything, which is possible, but that doesn't mean that we can do all of our homework in one night, because see that is impossible. Here's a tip, when you're starting your homework, start with the homework that is due the next day and that you know for sure will be collected. Do not start with homework that is due in three or four days, and do not tell yourself that you are going to finish the homework that is due the next day and finish the homework that is due the day after that as well. All that will do is give you anxiety. Do not put so much on yourself. Just because you're in IB, does not mean that you do not deserve a break too. You do not need to get everything done early.

I know a lot of us like to do the thing where we finish everything on one day so then the next day we don't have to do any homework, and I am just telling you now, that that is not the smartest route. First of all you'll never have time for that and second of all you'll feel as if everything's piling on top of you, when in reality it is just you piling stuff on top of yourself.

Here is the typical pattern in how I now do my homework, I don't know if it'll work for you, but it has worked really well for me.

1. If you have a project due the next day that involves coloring or just a lot of effort put in, do this first, just to get it out of the way.
2. Then do the homework that you know will be collected/checked(I said this earlier)
3. If you have a test or quiz the next day start studying/doing practice problems etc. If this is a test or quiz that you think you'll need a lot of time to study for maybe make it your first or second priority.
4. Then do the homework that you're teacher assigned but you know they won't collect. It is a way to help you prepare for the next class, for me this is usually geography homework!
5. Then if you have a project or huge assignment with an upcoming due date, then start that. For example Geography reports, or history projects that are due towards the end of the week. I think I've mentioned in another post that you shouldn't do assignments like this all in the night before.
6. Lastly, IF YOU HAVE TIME, I repeat IF YOU HAVE TIME you can start on some assignments due the day after the next, do not put in you're mind that you will do this, it will stress you out. If you don't feel like doing this watch a movie, watch your favorite episode of a show, take a nap, go to sleep early. It is not necessary to get small assignments done ahead of time.

A lot of the time, you might go to sleep without having everything finished. You could walk into school still missing the last 4 questions on an assignment, or you didn't color in one part of a map, or you forgot to think of a real life situation for TOK, or whatever, but it is not the end of the world. It is okay, as long as you finished what is most important. If you finished studying for a math test that is really important for your grade because you're not doing so well in math, but you weren't able to answer the last 4 questions on an English assignment it is OKAY. You will pass your math test with flying colors, and you'll figure out something for English.

As IB students, we always think the world is crashing down around us, but it is not. Focus on what is currently the most important thing for you to do, and you will do great!

Stay tuned for more updates!

Peace. Love. IB.

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