Although IB is arguably more challenging then VCE in terms of learning difficulities and standards, both curriculum share similar qualities and practises – the freedom of choosing your preferred subjects. Among the diverse selections, some students may ask what’s the more challenging subjects to take upon, similarly an equal number of others may towards subjects that follows a more approachable criteria. Let’s delve into the two possible spectrum, exploring both the easiest and toughest subjects to help you make informed (bias) choices.
The Easiest: Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS)
Why ESS? Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) places among the “easier” subjects due to its interdisciplinary or broad teaching nature. It combines elements of biology, chemistry, and geography, making it accessible to students without an extensive background in the sciences. The holistic approach allows for a broader understanding of environmental issues, and its study structure is often perceived by students as less demanding compared to some other IB courses.
- Pro Tip: ESS is an excellent choice for those who appreciates a balance between scientific concepts and real-world applications, offering a more relaxed, subjective learning pace without compromising on the IB principles.
The Toughest: Higher Level Mathematics (HL Math)
The Challenges of HL Math: Higher Level Mathematics is renowned (infamous) for its rigorous curriculum and demanding nature. It requires a strong foundation in mathematical concepts and a high level of analytical thinking, especially the ability to adapt and recognise qualities of different Maths question types. The syllabus includes your topics like calculus, statistics, and advanced algebra, making it a formidable challenge for many students. HL Math demands more then just consistent effort but also a genuine passion for the subject.
Considerations: While HL Math can be daunting, it’s an excellent choice for students pursuing STEM fields at the university level. If you enjoy mathematics and are willing to invest time and effort, it can be a rewarding experience. (Or a the worst, pick your poison)
Which One Should You Pick?
Choosing between an easy and difficult subjects ultimately depends on your interests, strengths, and future academic or career goals. Consider the following suggestions:
- Balancing Act: Aim for a mix of subjects that align with your interests and strengths. A balanced combination of challenging and more manageable subjects can create a well-rounded experience.
- University Requirements: Research the prerequisites for your desired university programs. This is a no brainer, if some institutions may have specific subject requirements or preferences. Then please do the subject if you want to even try to get in.
- Passion Matters: Opt for subjects that genuinely interest you. Passion often fuels perseverance, making it easier to navigate the challenges that come with the IB curriculum. Although let’s be honest, being good at it can make you more compassionate to learn so if you have the grits… definitely give it a try.
The key is to find a combination of subjects that not only meet IB requirements but also resonate with your personal and academic aspirations. The IB journey is an adventure (fun and painful), and the subjects you choose will shape your experience. Embrace the hardship, discover your passions, and set the course for your academic success!