💯How to Get STRAIGHT 7s in IB: Chemistry, Math, English (Language & Literature) | Katie Tracy



Aloha its Katie and today we're gonna talk about the IB because I can't seem to get away from it as you guys might know I am currently at Cornell University starting my freshman year which is what I've been doing over the past few weeks and curious about my life here on a day to day basis then you should log on social media at Aloha Katie X or subscribe to my blog channel because I have actually been uploading every week same with my new channel I think I'm actually getting my life together so ever since I did my ib we actually video and then my haven't got a 45 video a lot of you guys have been asking me to do subject to say this video so I never thought I would be one of those you know tutor because videos like Richard Thornley or I don't know I because I would watch them and now I feel like them but I'm still young so college student but as much as possible of course you guys know I read your comment and I want to help as much as I can so today I'm gonna try to talk more about each of my six subjects Tok a and some advice that I think will help you guys if you're new to my channel you should subscribe down below to join our Ohana which is what we call our family of subscribers and while you're down there you should click the bouts of humid notifications on and if YouTube both are you free shout outs like these one of the people on screen just don't be sad you are comment on my videos I love applying include Aloha in your comment if you want a shout out specifically and check my next video because it might just be you so IV subjects I did were HL computer science economics and language and literature then I did pass on math chemistry and Chinese so I know some of you may not have these same subjects but I'm sure you were required to take a subject that was under one of the overarching categories like the Natural Sciences or language acquisition so even if you didn't take these specific subjects I still think these tips will help you because they are under the same category and I feel these subjects more or less have similar testing styles and will ask questions similarly and I'd imagine that you'd also study the subject similarly so first I'm going to talk about chemistry because my experience I hear a lot about experimental sciences a bit more hard just more time-consuming and for me especially even though chemistry was an SL so chemistry was just not one of my strongest objects and miraculously on the exam I managed to get a seven on chemistry and like straight sevens which is crazy because it was my worst subject and I would get like six is fives even for us in that class throughout the year so there you go so I have a lot to talk about that class in particular so just a recap of chemistry so what I did was I had three papers I had paper one which is multiple choice Pepa two which was a long answer response and then three which was the option paper I did medicinal chemistry option T by the way so most throughout the year my Holy Grail or a most helpful resource for chemistry is first the official IV textbook second the study guide and third Richards only original EMS J chem so the first two are official IB resources official textbooks you cannot go wrong if you follow them because they are official textbooks I cover the entire syllabus these should be your guiding book while you study chemistry I believe mine was the Oxford one it looks like this I'll pop it on screen right now then the second to Richard Thornley and MSG chem are both youtubers because honestly sometimes I just get bored of studying reading a lot so I like to watch videos I am a youtuber so I like making videos and watching other videos so I'm watching our other youtubers so I've got a support sometimes I used to watch Richard Thornley at first because he plays a video game I still don't know what the game is so he plays a game and incorporates chemistry in a really fun way though sometimes it does drag a bit but normally if you skip to the end of the Richard Thornley part when he goes to his black screen and he writes things out that's when the actual lesson starts but if you're looking for something more concise and to the point then try a mistake him because I was trying to learn a lot of medicinal chemistry drink mocks or towards the final exams and MSG chem was a very good resource she's very straight to the point I would suggest looking through their website for some not directly through you channel that's how I did it and they have videos on everything so really chemistry people these will save you maybe there are some for bio in physics too but another scientist too I just know that those for chemistry and you know just give it a youtube search another thing that's important for all these experimental sciences formulas and units you will probably have to memorize some formulas and units yes they might give you the data booklet or give it to you the question but chances are it is better to just have that in your head because it's gonna take time to open up that data bucket and check to equations just have them in your head and it'll be much easier to go through problems of course if you're really not sure you can consult it but the more you memorize the less you have to consult that thing in the more time you have to work on the problems also memorize generic equation so for chemistry there was a lot of you don't like acid plus metal oxide equals those are important they do ask a lot of questions to do with balancing equations writing out weird equations all those things when you do labs in school pay attention and this is honestly a problem I had but you know enjoy the lab because those are always fun but also realize what you're doing pay attention to the procedure what you're adding what amounts the mole ratios all that stuff because it can be asked on the test there are some essential labs that will probably be asked especially for paper three or option D as you may know paper three to spin up into two sections so the first part is practical lab work and the second part is the actual option so first half had to do I think topics 10 and 11 which had to do with laboratory skills so you will want to know your essential labs and then for the second part that's when you study your energy medicinal chemistry or biochemistry you are using the correct terminology and vocab specially for paper to when you have to do long responses if you look at the mark scheme what is the time they both turn key words and they give you a point if they see that key word so you really need to know exactly what the term is like osmosis instead of explaining what osmosis is from this limit temperature in being like when I don't remember okay I don't remember that sup of them in the chemistry but you know and just make sure you know the terminology you can save you a lot of time because most times examiner's are just looking for that keyword and it thinks you have it you are good no need to babble on and give useless fluff that it's not gonna score your points oh sorry here's a better example at you know instead of saying a proton donor and acceptor just say I'm goat Eric that's the term oh and this is a really good on look at how many points the question is worth you don't realize it but these are huge hints about what they're actually asking if you're doing one of those long questions those experimental questions where they're telling you you have to find the moles find the concentration those kinds of things they are normally huge questions with multiple steps if you are some time a question but you notice that it's only one point then you can deduce that you probably have to do a very simple calculation with something you already have so if you found the moles for something in the first question and then the second question they asked for the moles of another thing and you're like what do I do but you see it's one point then you're probably going to use your previous answer and use that for the current question you're working on so if you know the ratio is just wanted to then you just multiply your previous answer by two and you get that new equation it's probably going to be very straightforward if it's one mark that said if you really have no idea how to do one question but you know how to do the questions after that just come up with a guess even if you don't think it's right just use that number of moles or the value you got and just use that for the rest of the questions after because that way even if you don't get the correct answer you can get error carried forward or ECF which gives you points if you show that you have the correct methodology and that you know how to do it if you had gotten up one question right then all your values would have matched up but otherwise you will get points so you might lose one point for the one you got wrong but if you just keep going and use that value forward then you can get points for the next few questions because you show that you know the methodology and how to approach it also read the questions and see what information they're giving you there was a time for my mocks when I it was a three page question so you know here here than here but I was at the back already and I've had forgotten that the original question had given me information because I was stuck on the last question that was like how do I solve this it don't have the information whenever you think you are missing information read the question again they're normally in big paragraphs with information that will probably help you because they're not gonna give you something you can't solve so we were deciding between energy and medicinal chemistry but energy I guess is more of a controversial issue right now is renewable energy in all well and medicinal was known to have a lighter load so how they compared it was that energy is mark from mathematical people because there are a lot of equation solving whereas medicinal chemistry it was more logic memorizing a lot of content and just busing that out in my opinion I not a very math bond I am NOT a very mathematical genius person so I prefer just doing medicinal chemistry and I felt that was more applicable in my life to learn about medicine and also I just found it easier to memorize a lot of content and you know bust that out on the exam because the vibe I got was that energy has to do with more conceptual things so if you just if you didn't get a question then that's over you know then you don't get it you're done and you can't solve it and because I took the exam I agree but a lot of it was just textbook knowledge if you read the textbook if you did your studying you will know the answer you don't need a struggle there is on in a math exam and trying to think of a solution so it should be easier to brain to your paper and with all of these subjects I will just keep stressing that you just need to do these past papers I did all of them really get the hang of it you start to understand what examiner's are looking for what will score you points especially when you check it with a marked team after these resources are available to you online just search up IB you know the internet you can find what you need so to your past papers this brings me to my second subject not which everyone has to take math really the way I studied was just passed papers since day one my classes did pass papers and pass papers the practice we did in class with pass papers I can't recall the time when we didn't do pass papers yeah I'm not sure about the math textbook but I know there's just so many questions for math also because math has a question Bank so aside from the past papers with questions themselves you also have a question Bank which is best way to go of course I think taking notes is still important because you need to write the formulas and stuff so in that way compare your math learning objectives or the syllabus to what you're doing and take notes accordingly then if you don't know how to approach a problem go see your teachers go ask your friends a lot of people can help you tutor you mentoring you so my best advice is always to take a step back and if you can't see the bigger picture or the final picture you're meant to get to we start step by step and look at what information you're giving with the information you're given think of what formulas you have that involve those and if you do think of a formula which you normally will then you plug it in and after that you will get a new value then you might be able to use for something else so normally I get somewhere during that process or I realize something and then you come up with more solutions and the more working you show the more likely you're gonna get points you know always writing something down is better than leaving the question blank also for math when you're writing your final answer first if it's a calculator question show all your working if you have to calculate your question and you should draw or sketch a graph on your paper as working and show how you got that so if you did that the x-intercept draw a graph and then mark the x-intercept put the x and the y value the complete value and then when you're writing your final answers he'll write down the full value of that and then simplify it at the end so first make it equals the full of giant value on your calculator and then summarize and later with approximation sign and run it to three sig figs two decimal places always writing on the full value because even if you somehow round your final answer wrong in your second to last line you would have had the full value and then they will just the markers will take that and you will get a point so just season sorry I always said that looking out for the third subject language and literature English and just a whole language acquisition just a recap of dot the first paper we got was we would get article or some text site we would be given two sets of two text types and then we would have to choose one and compare the text type some one another and write a persuasive essay about that compares and contrasts these two text types so in that case I would always start out with an outline or a plan well actually this depends on how you work you you know how you study better but in my case I like to have a rough outline first of what I'm gonna do so what I do actually maybe for the first 20 minutes I will read the article I will annotate and highlight and just try to find evidence that I'm going to use for my essay to make that work though you will need to know what devices or how you're going to organize your essay so I knew that going into that test I knew I want to talk about imagery because they always have some kind of imagery and if they didn't have imagery I would talk about figurative imagery that was always like comparing visual versus figurative imagery and then I probably talked about tone and then for the third one I was talking about persuasive techniques which includes pathos logos ethos and you know those kinds of like bandwagon up heel or fallacies persuasive techniques like that so that way when I was annotating my text typed in the first few minutes I knew what I was already what specifically I was looking for and the finding evidence I think is a good approach because it follows the P EE L method or structure which is P is you make appeal so first you say your point II you give evidence for it and other II will explain it then I'll you link it to the next peel you're gonna do or the next paragraph so that way examiner's can follow your essay very clearly it's very important organization of preachers what are the strands on the rubric so make sure that has a clear structure that way your examiner should have a easy time following your essay and will probably be more generous and giving you marks in that section at least the paper to what we had to do was we would be given six prompts and we would have two six prompts like how is love portrayed in the techs you've studied or you know I'll give you something probably more specific but you will have to use the text types of poems or books you read in class and use them as evidence for this essay so some schools some people will come up with CAD essays as and they will already write out a pre-planned generic essay with all their quotes or explanations evidence and things like that and then when they go to exam day whether or not they will force that essay into the prompt and just readjust some parts of their essay so that it answers the prompt you need to memorize your quotes for the poem or the book you're using you don't need to write the page number which is what I've already bought at first you must do that by do need to have quotes because evidence is important you can't how can you prove something different you'll have evidence further in tasks one of them we had to write a creative piece where we had to emulate an author or some kind of text type and then justify why we wrote it like that then other end task was an analysis I say approach it the same way talk to your teacher they will help you I can't say too much on this because it really depends on what topic you do and which unit you get it from my experience is really different so generally though just look at the rubric always and see what is asked of you that way you know exactly what you're supposed to do for this task for the ioc which was the oral commentary try this on confidence don't stutter too much the same thing I feel for English a common pattern is just to have an outline know the literary devices you're gonna talk about for each past and you know the themes of the overall book and talk about that and how your quote constitute to that theme or even how the contact cultural contact or the setting and that was a mouthful but I really hope that helped I'm trying to bestow all the Ivy knowledge I had and give this video a thumbs up if you found it helpful 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29 thoughts on “💯How to Get STRAIGHT 7s in IB: Chemistry, Math, English (Language & Literature) | Katie Tracy

  1. ALOHA!!! Damn this is so cool, I am doing IB right now and all this really helps. Btw I have my Own brand being a high school student. @saraniofficial, please check it it will be so kind of you!!!! thank you for all the IB help

  2. I’m starting IB soon and I was wondering how many hours of studying you did a week to achieve such an amazing score?

  3. You are amazing. I am currently going through my first year of IB and I am really scared of the exams.
    Even though my subjects are different, this is what I took:
    Biology HL in German (which I am really scared of)
    German B HL
    Spanish A HL
    Math SL in Spanish (I know it's not that hard, but I want a straight seven and I don't trust myself enough.)
    History SL in German
    English B SL
    I have always been a good student, but I sometimes lack the confidence and make stupid mistakes. Do you have any advice on how to improve your confidence and learn to deal with stress?
    English is not my first language, so I'm sorry for any mistakes.

  4. I failed IB school because I couldn't learn english on time. I went to Denmark, and IB was my only chance but it was so hard to learn specifically because I couldn't understand English but I still learned a lot

  5. I am going into year 9 in Australia, and my school does not have IB, but a neighboring public school does. I really want to do IB, but i really love my school. I dunno whether I should do IB or VCE

  6. Hey where did you get the past papers? Like any website? Coz, I am not able to find them anywhere for free.

  7. Do you have any friends that took ib bio sl if your school offered it? I’m looking for book resources to study. Our school supplies us with the Oxford one but I would like to have something of my own that is more study guide oriented. Thank you for advice!

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