If you are in the second year of your IB studies and in a May session school, now is the time you need to start thinking about your May exams. The exams probably seem a long way off still but believe me, now is the time to start to prepare for them! In most cases, these exams see the culmination of thirteen (yes, thirteen!) years of education. You may have applied for university and had an offer made according to your grades. Don’t falter at the last hurdle! And in the words of that famous electronic book, the ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’, DON’T PANIC! [If you think about things now!]
Advice & Tips for IB Students
Welcome to the Oxford Study Courses Student Blog for Advice & Tips for IB Students. The most recent blog posts are listed below and you can access the blog archive by following the appropriate link in the panel on the left.
February 26, 2014
OSC is delighted to be working with a highly-experienced IB Art teacher, Heather McReynolds, to offer students an inspiring, stimulating IB Art Summer Course in Italy.
Ideal for students about to start the IB Diploma or those who have completed one year of IB Art, and who have a passion for art and interested in making art in a new, exciting context – the perfect opportunity for budding artists to develop their potential.
February 19, 2014
Although they are divided into two separate sections (and separated by part C) the Summary of Evidence (B) and Analysis (D) are inextricably linked – or should be. Although the sections are assessed as discrete entities, they both must relate to the research question and the analysis should be only of the evidence presented in B.
February 10, 2014
This is one of the most difficult parts of the Internal Assessment to unpack because they are integrated. In other subjects, the scope and method are very separate; in history less so. One colleague likes to tell her students that the scope is the what and the method is the how. I agree to a certain extent, but feel that can cause some confusion.
February 1, 2014
So I said I’d be back in January with a more conventional blog. While this is much more conventional, it is no longer January. Many of you are working on your Internal Assessments so that seems to be a good subject for this posting. However, I could probably write an IA-length post on the IA, so I am going to focus solely on the research question for now.
December 27, 2013
This post concerns thoughts for the new year for DP Music Candidates. After a brief congratulations to the year two students from the southern hemisphere (who just completed their IB Diploma experience), advice for the new year is shared for year two students.
November 30, 2013
In IB Diploma Psychology jargon this is the “IA” and the report of this experiment is worth 25% of your grade if you are an SL student and 20% if you are studying Psychology at HL. So it is worth doing well!
November 29, 2013
This post is intended for DP Music Candidates thinking about composition (creating). The featured piece is Variations on America by Charles Ives.
We also discuss finding inspiration in unusual places.
November 10, 2013
In February 2012 the always creative and occasionally provocative Jayson Paterson started a thread on the OCC forum entitled “Is Drawing Dead?” Since then there have been 16 replies and more than 360 views.
November 2, 2013
This month saw the examiner’s report released from the May 2013 examination session. This is a much anticipated document that your teacher’s user to aid their teaching – so even though your teachers may not directly refer to it, they will (hopefully) use it.