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2016 & 2017 IB Syllabus & Criteria Changes

The recent updated subject guides for the 2016 and 2017 exams pose important changes, some subtle, some significant. It’s critical to know these changes and how they will impact your teaching and students’ learning. In specific blogs, OSC’s expert IB bloggers highlight these changes including new prescribed subjects, topic changes, assessment criteria amends, and changes to the IA. Read on to ensure you are up-to-date. Business Management Subtle Changes, Significant Consequences New Standard Level Assessment History Changes to the World History Topics & Paper 2 New Prescribed ...

Examination Reports

Examination reports are always available on the OCC (Online Curriculum Centre). However, not all teachers have the time to divulge into them and dissect to find the most important pieces of feedback. OSC’s expert bloggers highlight these findings for you. Read on to see if your students performed against criteria, plus what they, and you, can do to ensure your next group of IB students perform. Design Technology Maths

Empowering IBDP students with Blended Learning

 Rene Zou attended the American International School of Guangzhou in China and studied IBDP Spanish ab initio as an online course with Pamoja. She achieved an IB grade of 7. Rene describes what she liked about learning online and shares her advice for students just starting out with online courses. Three things I really liked about studying an IBDP subject online: I think online learning has a very cosmopolitan feel to it, which matches well with the IB programme as a whole. ...

New 2016 exam titles available

OSC’s IB Study Guide series has grown to include new titles for the 2016 exams. Schools now also benefit from fixed postage rates. Below, you can discover which of the 2016 exam titles are available to order and pre-order. Remember our new fixed postage rates also mean you only pay one fee for any size order – FREE for UK; £3.95 for Europe; £5.95 for Rest of the World; to place an order for your school, email osc@osc-ib.com. Biology Higher Level (Core) ...

College Counselling Course

OSC's College Counselling Course is ideal for IB Teachers, Coordinators and Counsellors who want to expand or refresh their college counselling knowledge.  This year, the course has been reviewed and redeveloped to include new content, and benefits from an improved structure. Addressing current issues and developments, the course will provide attendees with the information and confidence they need to successfully help their students apply to universities and colleges around the world. Apply now.   Dates: 29th – 31st March 2016 Location: Resident at Queen’s College, ...

2016 IB Summer Schools – open for applications

In 2015, over 2,450 students attended an OSC course from 459 different IB schools, representing 97 nationalities. 2016 sees OSC enter its 26th year of providing the IB community with world-leading IB support and services. IB students who are considering their options for summer should look no further than OSC. Whether they are deciding if the IB Diploma is for them, they want to ensure that they avoid that ‘summer-dip’ or you have some budding artists who want to refine ...

New locations for 2016 IB Revision Courses

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This year, we are delighted to be offering the world’s most successful IB Revision Courses in three new locations, Brussels. Rome and Dubai, in addition to our flagship location, Oxford. All locations are open to all students and students can apply now. If your students are interested in attending as a group, please email osc@osc-ib.com Why should students take an OSC IB Revision Course? Revising for the final IB exams without expert guidance is tough. Students who attend an OSC Revision Course get more ...

History Syllabus Tips

You are the first students taking the new History syllabus. The assessment is still unclear. Our subject expert provides some useful insights. Alexis Mamaux, one of OSC’s experienced IB bloggers and History teachers, outlines these important changes and identifies how you can tackle them as a student. The new IB History curriculum in a nutshell  New prescribed topics in IB History  World History Topics and Paper 2. What is different?

Is the IB Diploma for me?

Deciding whether to take the IB Diploma is a big decision. Is it right for you? The IB Diploma Programme is fast-becoming the world’s passport to university. The programme offers a well-rounded education that develops students personally, and develops a unique breadth and depth of knowledge. However, the programme is challenging and poses many demands on a student, whilst being exciting at the same time. Some students are discouraged by the workloads and rigour of the programme. To be able to make the ...

Preparation is key

Proper planning really can prevent poor performance. Using this theory throughout your IB Diploma will remind you of the importance of planning and will provide you with strategies and resources to succeed. Strategies and Resources for you OSC’s IB experts have years of experience in helping IB students reach their potential. They have developed some tried, tested and improved strategies. Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance  Avoid the summer-dip – attend the best preparation course. OSC’s leading Mid IB Summer Courses provide students with the perfect ...

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