The fat lady is not singing yet!

It might seem like it is all over and the summer is here – time to relax, chill out, and forget all about academic issues. Unfortunately, we all know this is not true. Over the next month, I would definitely find time to do all the things you have not been able to do when the IB sucked up all of your free time – for me, this would be playing computer games and reading – a LOT of reading. (I ...

Last minute Physics revision!

Arguably, this is the most stressful time in the last 2 years for IB students.  Not only are the exams here, but they have a frequency that is quite scary, like dominoes toppling one immediately after the other. In addition of course, there are 6 subjects that all need the revision of 2 years of work in a short period of time.  If that was not enough, the Physics exams are even worse because they are so tough – they ...

The Internal Assessment

The Internal Assessment (IA) is usually referred to by students, as ‘coursework’. You should have finished this by now, at if not, be very close to the end. It is important to complete this work as well as you can for two big reasons: The work is worth 20% of the course – so it can lower the highest grade you can achieve by up to 2 grades if you are unlucky – this is a real penalty. The other ...

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 ...

The Finishing Touches

By Friday, February 3, 2017 , , , 0

All students should now be aware of just how tough the IB Physics course is. This is not meant to be a negative statement – I am not trying to suggest that students have never thought about this or blindly gone through the course without thinking too deeply about what they are doing. The point is that by now, you will have finished (SL?) or nearly finished (HL) the course and be thinking about just how much there is to ...

Revision is one of the keys to success

By Friday, December 9, 2016 , , , 0

Yes, I admit that it feels a little early to be talking about revision – but truly, it is that time of the year!  In fact, to be honest, if you have not started revising your first year physics on a regular basis, you are already late. The IB course changed a few years ago, and this present year is only the second year to have taken the exams. If you look on the web at comments made for last year’s ...

New Physics Guides Available!

Physics: Internal Assessment and Physics Option C: Imaging have been added to OSC's IB Study Guide Series and are available to order now! These guides are exclusively written by experienced IB Physics teacher, Hugh Duncan. Find out more below.     Physics: Internal Assessment HL/SL The aim of this booklet is to help the student perform well and write up IB physics lab reports, especially the new Internal Investigation. Also included are real examples of the obligatory experiments, which will assist the student in ...

There is nothing to do now but wait

Many IB students will feel that they have come through a bit of a gruelling time recently – all those exams in such a short period of time.  And let’s not talk about the Physics exam ... Oh, but let’s (just for a quick moment)!! After the first day of the physics exams this year, paper 1 and paper 2 had been completed.  And by the end of the day my students were telling me, with a sparkle in their eyes, ...

Your Physics exams are almost over!

This blog will be a little strange because it is based upon giving some thoughts and advice to students, while they are in the middle of their exams – and this is really not a time when they should be reading blogs!  But whatever, you never know, it might be useful. In addressing physics students I hope you are not too stressed over the physics papers this year, but I suspect that is a vague hope that is probably not true.  ...

Revision is a mini-nightmare!

They say that exercise is good for you and of course, at the moment there is no doubt that every second year IB student should be working their butts off – social life, you should have none – all you should be doing is mental exercise – working hard for those exams that are now, oh so close. If you do not have a revision plan, then you are leaving it a little late. You should have a whole bunch of ...