Studying for Success on HL Paper 3

KEY IDEAS for May 2016 HL Paper 3 exam Online help for students Students must refer to both their secondary research and any primary investigations, visitations, interview or any other first-hand experiences they have had related to the  2016 Case Study SMART HOMES. The following sources provide a wealth of articles and guidance for the HL Paper 3 exam. Facebook group: ITGS Case Study 2016 Smart Homes ( resources and examples may be useful in responses) ITGSopedia Case Study and Paper ...

In one week the IB history exams begin

To steal from Lenin, 'What is to be done?'  The burning questions of IB history may include how to get the elusive 7 or how to pass if you haven't opened your textbook in the past year.  Although these are very different scenarios they both involve how to prepare for the IB in this last week. Usually I write about getting a good night's sleep and making sure that you have your lucky pen but today I feel like being more exam specific. Paper 1: Review the content, ...

Introductions (Part 3): Nailing it in Paper 2

Having looked at techniques for introductions for Commentaries and Written Assignments (Parts 1 and 2 of this series), it's time to look at what you can do to provide winning introductions to your Paper 2 essays. Here again, as with the Commentary, we're working with a timed exam.  That means you need to have some strategies in place so you don't have to agonize too much over the preliminaries to this portion of your essay and can instead spend the fast-disappearing  ...

Interviews, auditions, VDOs and portfolios!

Some of you may be preparing Fine Art/Performance/Media/Design portfolios, some may be preparing audition pieces for Drama/Music/Dance/Circus Arts College, some of you preparing Performance/Media/Design VDO pieces and some of you preparing for face-to-face interviews for a wide variety of subjects. Portfolios can be very specific so take note of how many pieces, their sizes and in what format. Many portfolios are uploaded digitally so you will need to register to a site such as Dropbox or Flikr. Some institutions will ask ...

Past paper practice – how to make the most of it

Working through past Mathematics papers is an essential part of revising for exams. But how can you make sure that such practice improves your ability to answer exam questions? It is of course helpful to have the answers, preferably worked answers, so that you can check your progress, but just looking at the answers will not in itself improve your skills very much. When you first start working through papers, I suggest that you have lots of resources available to help you ...

WeTransfer your images and video

Students most frequently use cell phones for capturing images and videos for inclusion in IB work. These can be huge not only from the file size of each image or length of each video, but also from the sheer number that a student may wish to transfer to the teacher, other students or even to their own computer from a remote location. One of the most effective ways of transferring files from a remote location is by using an online file ...

What’s in a MOOC? MOOCs for High School students applying to university or college.

MOOCs, or Mass Open Online Courses, are increasing in popularity in the working and higher education worlds as a way of gaining extra credentials and subject specific knowledge which are all very useful for advancing professional profiles. MOOC courses are traditionally free but there are now some credit-based, verified, fee-paying courses which can be used as Professional Development credits as well as for University credits. They are also now being marketed to High School students as potential additional credentials for university and ...

What is a predicted grade?

At this time of year you may hear your teachers mention predicted grades.  This may make you nervous and you may worry about what this is, but it shouldn't worry you at all. The IB asks your teacher to give a best guess of what your final IB result will be.  This is based on your in-class work, our IA and any type of exam practice that has been done.  This information goes to the International Baccalaureate and is there for ...

Introductions and Conclusions (Part 2)

First, let's review some advice from Part 1 of Introductions and Conclusions: ***The most important factor is being aware that you are talking to someone who does not know you and does not know what you think about the material, whether it’s a work you have studied or one you are seeing for the first time. SO: INTRODUCTIONS MATTER! You need to let the reader know: what particular text(s) you intend to write about what your angle on them is, and even, possibly, how you ...

Why revise History with OSC?

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If you're an IB student currently working towards final IB exams you're probably asking yourself: Why do I need to revise History with OSC? An IB History expert, who has taught on OSC's Exam Revision Courses for two decades, explains why: The IB History syllabus is international history: an intensive OSC revision course allows students to see the ‘big picture’, that is the connections between different topics and countries, and makes it easier to understand the similarities and the differences between ...