For students: The HL option and Paper 3

Happy New Year to all of you!  The weather has definitely changed course for most of you, and while most of my posts have been written with a blue sky and warm temperatures, the mountains of New Mexico have had near-record amounts of snow and the temperatures have been very cold, even for this altitude. With the new year comes a new semester, term or quarter for many of you.  While I used the past term to cover the SL requirements ...

Latest US Test news – the new SAT I

Along with the news of the new “Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success” (see previous blog), the new SAT I comes into force in 2016. This is a joint venture between Collegeboard (https://www.collegeboard.org/) and the Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/). January 2016 will be the last time the old SAT I is offered. After then the new SAT I will begin on March 5th. What’s different about the new SAT I? It will now be on the 400 – 1600 scale instead of up ...

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. ...

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 ...

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? History etched on an old paper scroll with a vintage clock

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 ...

Which university is for me?

There are so many things to consider when choosing a university or college and with so many options, it’s difficult to know where to start your decision-making process. By answering a set of questions, you might get closer to that all important decision. Sarah Cassell is an experienced College Counsellor at an IB school in Switzerland who has outlined these questions for you. Which one is for me?  Where in the world?  

Exams; are you prepared?

The final exams might be far from your mind but they aren’t really that far away. Good practice and preparation will put you in good stead. Your mock exams will also show you what you need to focus on. But, before then we have some helpful tips and advice on what you can you do to be fully prepared. Tips from the experts  Our team of IB experts have transferred their wisdom and experience into simple tips on how best you can ...

What makes a good reflective statement?

Students are missing out on gaining an easy three marks for their English Written Assignment. Read on for advice and tips on where to focus to successfully write a good reflective statement. Hannah Tyson, OSC’s expert IB English blogger, outlines simple ideas in her blog: Read more