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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.

IB World School Spotlight: Westminster Academy

April 1, 2014

This spring, OSC will be welcoming a group of final year IBDP students from Westminster Academy to our IB Revision Courses in Oxford. In this article, Westminster Academy’s IB Diploma Programme Coordinator and a handful of the IB students share their thoughts and expectations for the upcoming courses.

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We live in media…using Twitter

March 29, 2014

We live in media

Poster created by Tom Woodward

Yesterday morning I read a handful of  interesting posts about Twitter, and found the poster shown at the left,  by Tom Woodward. As it all followed on a long Skype conversation with a colleague about Twitter, I felt that all the signs were pointing to  today’s blog post focusing on Twitter.

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Starting to revise

March 2, 2014

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!]

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IB Art Summer School for Visual Arts students

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.

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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.

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Internal Assessment Parts B (Summary of Evidence) and D (Analysis)

February 19, 2014

evidence and analysis

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.

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Plan of investigation – part II: scope and method of the investigation

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.

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Filed under: Advice & Tips for IB Students,History,IBDP Student Blogs — Tags: , — Alexis Mamaux @ 7:11 pm

Internal Assessment: how to develop an effective research question

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.

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Next steps

December 27, 2013

Retrieved on 27 December 2013 from:

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.

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Internally-assessed simple experiment

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!  

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Filed under: Advice & Tips for IB Students,IBDP Student Blogs,Psychology — Tags: , — Laura Swash @ 6:20 pm

Composing – where do you look for inspiration?

November 29, 2013

Retrieved on 29 November 2013 from

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.

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