Recent Posts by Mike Meads

Become a Future Science Leader!

No matter whether you’re an aspiring Biologist, Physicist, Chemist, or inventor, the IB Diploma is a fantastic stepping stone to studying your subject at university. However, an ambitious student can be left directionless with so many choices and questions – which subject should I follow? How do I break in to the science industry? With that question in mind our academics set about creating the perfect course for aspirant scientists - “Future Science Leader”. What is it? Future Science Leaders is a new ...

A Short History of the OSC Revision Guides

The Revision Guides are a hugely successful part of the OSC offering to students and schools, and are sold to hundreds of countries around the world. They first appeared on the scene in 2002 as a result of an experiment the previous year. At the time OSC was a smaller, family-owned company, run by Eileen Polgreen who had started the revision courses in Oxford in 1990 – they had expanded to run in Oxford, Cambridge, and Boston, and new initiatives, ...

Magical Revision Tips

Now that mock exams have ended you may be searching for ways to improve your study technique. During the 26 years that OSC has been helping students achieve the grades they need we have picked up some pointers that can assist you in creating the perfect study environment. These tips were originally published a couple of years ago by our IB experts; they are just as relevant now as they were then. Click on the relevant tip below for more information! Tip one Know ...

OSC Alumni shine in IB Diploma results

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This blog was written by Andrew Buxton, General Manager of Oxford Study Courses in Australia. Congratulations to the 2016 Oxford Study Courses Alumni on their outstanding International Baccalaureate Diploma results. Over 300 Australian IB Diploma students in the class of 2016 took at least one OSC exam revision course, along with students from New Zealand and the countries of South-east Asia. Many OSC Alumni featured in the media results releases in recent days, including achievers of the highest possible course score of 45. ...

OSC’s Revision Courses – A Student Perspective

Verity attended an OSC Revision Course in Sydney, Australia. Now studying at Oxford University, we asked Verity to look back on her time with OSC. As a hardworking IB student studying in Sydney, as one of fifteen IB students in my school year-group of one-hundred, participating in an OSC Revision Course gave me the confidence I needed to achieve a 45 in my final exams. I applied to the course looking for world-class teacher expertise, holistic subject summaries and exam techniques ...

OSC Biology guides

This blog was written by Ashby Merson-Davis, an experienced IB teacher and author of a range of OSC Biology guides. When the IB started to expand in the UK it quickly became clear that there was a dearth of textbooks. HL could get by with A Level texts but there was nothing for SL. I decided to write an SL text and then wrote to a number of schools in Europe to see if they would be interested. It was basic, photocopied, ...

History Paper 1 SL/HL: the move to Global War

This blog was written by Joe Gauci, an experienced IB teacher and author of a range of OSC History guides. This revision guide aims to provide you with a clear description of the course content for the IBDP History syllabus Paper 1, covering all the required topics within the prescribed subject: the Move to Global War. Success on History Paper 1 requires a combination of mastery of a range of techniques in answering the source-based questions and a secure understanding of the ...

Introduction to History Paper 2 SL/HL: the Cold War

This blog was written by Sam Olofsson, an experienced IB teacher and author of History: Route 2 - The Cold War. I have had the pleasure of teaching IB history for over 20 years, mainly at Malmö Borgarskola in Sweden but also on revision courses in England and in the United States. It is my hope that this guide will give students the best possible help when preparing for exams. My main aim is to encourage students to practise structuring essays. Each section ...

The OSC Team at Aston Rowant Nature Reserve

Last week, the OSC team donned wellies, waterproofs, and gloves and spent the day volunteering at Aston Rowant, one of Oxfordshire’s most loved Nature Reserves. Armed with loppers and saws, the team took to clearing an area of shrubbery to recover the landscape biodiversity and promote growth of the diverse habitat. After a hard day's work the OSC team had cleared a significant portion of land for the Woodland Trust and built up a bonfire to dispose of the brush; the day ...