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Has anyone taken English A HL?

Hi there! I'm picking my IB classes for next year and I'm considering taking English A HL. For those who have taken it, how challenging did you find it compared to other classes, and do you have any tips for success in the course?

6 months ago

Hey! It's great that you're planning your IB classes ahead. As someone who's taken English A HL, I can tell you that it can be challenging depending on your previous experience with literature analysis and writing. However, some students find it more manageable compared to some STEM classes, depending on their personal interests and strengths.

To succeed in the course, here are a few tips:

1. Stay organized with your readings: You'll be reading quite a few books, plays, and other texts. Keep a reading log and schedule to stay on top of the material, and try to read with a critical eye, noting important themes, motifs, and symbols.

2. Practice, practice, practice: Just like with any other subject, success in English A HL comes from practice. Work on your writing skills and try to find your own voice. Write essays about the texts you're studying, practice past IB exam questions, and seek feedback from your peers or teachers.

3. Engage in discussions: Take advantage of in-class discussions and have conversations outside of class with classmates and teachers about the works you're studying. Sharing ideas, debating points of view, and hearing different perspectives can help deepen your understanding of what you're reading.

4. Develop strong analytical skills: Try to approach texts with an understanding of how they fit into larger literary and historical contexts. Pay attention to authorial choices like diction, structure, and devices. Connect these choices to the text's themes and messages.

5. Manage your time wisely: The IB program can be pretty full-on, and time management is essential for success across all your classes, not just English A HL. Create a study schedule and prioritize assignments and preparation for assessments.

6. Use available resources: Make use of available resources like past exams, study guides, and online forums to better understand the structure of the course and exams, as well as to gather tips from fellow students and teachers.

Remember, different students will find different subjects challenging, so don't be too nervous about taking English A HL. If you enjoy literature and writing, embrace the challenge, and follow these tips, you're well on your way to succeeding in the course! Good luck!

6 months ago

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