Recent Posts by Mike Meads

PRE IB: What is the best way of getting the most from the IB course?

By Saturday, June 10, 2017 , , 0

This blog was written by John Chilton, an experienced IB Physics teacher. To read more blogs written by John, click here. The golden rules here are: Work hard Take advice and every opportunity to develop your independent learning Look to help others. Work hard. This is obvious I guess. And something you would expect to be said. However, it is actually crucial. One of the main issues for any student on the Diploma programme is the fact that you will be studying 6 ...

Pre IB: On some inspiring philosophical novels

This blog was written Jean-Marc Pascal, an experienced IB Philosophy teacher. To read more Philosophy blog for students and teachers, click here. If you are tempted to choose Philosophy as one of your IB subjects, or simply want to enrich your culture, you may be looking for non-academic reading to whet your intellectual appetite and put you in good stead for your future studies. All selections are, by definition, subjective but some works stand out so much above the rest that ...

PRE IB: What to expect from the IB Philosophy course

This blog was written Jean-Marc Pascal, an experienced IB Philosophy teacher. To read more Philosophy blog for students and teachers, click here. The IB Philosophy course is the most eclectic introduction to a subject wrongly considered as reserved to the most academically inclined students. On the first lesson of the new school year, I usually ask my group of Philosophy students their reason for their choice of this particular subject. On one occasion, a student candidly replied that he didn’t really ...

PRE IB: How Philosophy can boost your IB academic performance

This blog was written Jean-Marc Pascal, an experienced IB Philosophy teacher. To read more Philosophy blog for students and teachers, click here. OK. You don’t really know what Philosophy is about and you are not remotely interested in starting a new academic subject from scratch. But, hold on a minute and consider the following: would you be prepared to say that you never thought about the difference between reality and fantasy or what you are doing on this planet? Obviously not, ...

PRE IB: Practical work – good practice

This blog was written by Dave Allen, an experienced IB Chemistry teacher. To read more Chemistry blogs for students and teachers, click here. This is the fourth and final blog post on pre-IB Chemistry. I do hope you have found the mini-series interesting and helpful, hopefully it will have talked you into deciding to follow chemistry at diploma level! This blog post will involve an introduction to lab (practical) work at IB level. You may or may not be aware that your IB ...

PRE IB: The Basics – Bonds

This blog was written by Dave Allen, an experienced IB Chemistry teacher. To read more Chemistry blogs for students and teachers, click here. Knowing your bonds (and structures). This blog post will (hopefully) refresh your memory on bonds and structures that you will need to familiar with in IB Chemistry. Firstly, the bonds When atoms join, we say they ‘bond’ and electrons are the part of the atom that are involved in bonding. There are two types of bond that this blog post will cover: Ionic ...

PRE IB: The Basics – Moles

This blog was written by Dave Allen, an experienced IB Chemistry teacher. To read more Chemistry blogs for students and teachers, click here. Yes, you have read that correctly – we get moles in Chemistry as well as Biology. However, our mole is not the small furry type – it's a number! You see, in Chemistry we count things not the obvious way (i.e., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on) but by using a word – the ‘mole’ – to represent ...

PRE IB: Why Chemistry?

This blog was written by Dave Allen, an experienced IB Chemistry teacher. To read more Chemistry blogs for students and teachers, click here. This is the first blog post of four offering students advice on the IBDP Chemistry course (both SL and HL). The four posts will consist of information on the following: Why Chemistry? What is the attraction of Chemistry and what can you expect from the course The Basics – knowing your moles The Basics – knowing your bonds (and ...

What did students say about OSC’s 2017 Exam Revision Courses?

By Tuesday, May 9, 2017 No tags 0

This Easter we once again ran our hugely popular IB Revision courses, helping the class of 2017 towards exam success. Our revision courses have grown out of all recognition since the first one in 1990, with students from around the world joining us this year for courses in Oxford, Brussels, Munich, Rome and Dubai. An important part of our work at OSC is ensuring that the families that come to us find the experience as valuable and enjoyable as possible. So, ...

OSC Exam Revision – Rome

By Tuesday, April 25, 2017 No tags 0

Pemba joined Oxford Study Courses in Rome where she studied at St. George's British International School with expert IB teachers. Here's what she had to say: Regarding the OSC Spring course, I really enjoyed and benefited a lot. As a conscientious Nepalese student studying in the IBDP program, I have experienced the vast difference between the IB program and the Nepal education system which I was schooled in. Most of my IB courses are new to me and because the standard ...