Five Top Physics Tips

Layla Moran, an OSC Academic Manager and IB Maths and Physics teacher, imparts her advice by giving you her top five Physics tips to help you get through your exams. 1. Definitions Learn your definitions. Look through the syllabus and highlight every time it says ‘define’. Then find a recent past paper question that has that word or command in it and not the answer in the mark scheme. Making a list like this a brilliant exercise and is an easy source of points. 2. ...

Something wicked this way comes

The new Internal Assessment (IA) should be starting soon and if students are to ultimately produce something that will help them get a good grade, care is needed! OK – the new IA is not ‘Wicked’, but it is REALLY important. And so, this blog is fully aimed at those students in the first year of the HL and SL Physics course.  It will have no meaning at all for those at the end of their course. The course changed from ...

Independence Day

We are almost there – the end, the big push then those awful exams. Not awful because they are inherently a bad thing, after all they are the way that many students will show how good they are in their chosen subjects.  They are awful because they follow one after another, with no real rest.  If you were not ready for the revision process then the next 4 or 5 weeks will be a VERY hard slog! There is a sad ...

Independence Day

A deliberate attempt to use the name of the movie to generate ... intrigue I know, but the point is that the IB2 students should have been working on their individual revision for the exams for some time now, and ‘independent learning’ is what it is all about. Revision presents teachers with a number of problems. It is the time in the process when we are at our laziest – we set the students up with materials and we assess them ...

Choosing IB Subjects

This is a slightly stranger post for IB students.  It is actually a discussion for those considering the IB and in particular, what subjects you should be taking. In truth, the details are primarily focused on trying to help students either in the UK or intending to study at a UK university.  Things are a little different depending on what other country is considered.  The principles involved in subject choices should be the same however. When the IB Diploma is considered, it ...

Two courses in ONE – Step carefully

The 2014-15 academic year will be a very strange one for Group 4 in the IB.  All of the syllabuses (except Sorts Science) change.  Most students might feel that this is not such a problem because all you do is simply choose your subjects.  Actually however, this is potentially a huge problem. The early signs of the new course suggest that it is effectively much larger than the old one.  HL Physics, Maths and Chemistry are three of the toughest subjects ...

Social life, what social life?

Focus and determination are crucial at this time, is you are to achieve the ultimate grades that match your potential!  Anything less could spell disaster. There is no doubt that this time is particularly stressful for IB Physics students.  The upcoming exams are approaching way too quickly and they are the culmination of two years of hard work.  In fact, if we consider the GCSE/IGCSE/middle years work that prepared you for the Diploma, then really, these exams are the final stage ...

Group 4 Project – Start Early to not be disappointed

  The group 4 project is a piece of work that all IB students have to do – it is so important for you to do this, that you fail the Diploma if you do not do it.  As such, your school should be making you aware of this very soon now.   For those that do not know, the project is unusual in that, the process you go through is far more important than the actual outcome.  The idea is that you ...

Exam Advice – the Devil is in the Details

This post is aimed at those students who are aiming high in the IB and want to do well in the exams.  Note:  that should be all of you! You may feel that the exams are a long way off, but for some students, they are just about to begin – the November session is about to hit us, and anyone taking exams at this time, should have no social life at the moment – they should be working every moment ...

To Teach or not to Teach?

The best IB student will also be a teacher! After teaching for 32 years, I strongly believe this to be true.  Obviously and IB student is a … student.  However, it is really important that time is spent sorting out the material that is presented to you.  All the courses are linear and so, when you come to revise in the second year, students must have a decent grip of the work.  And this means, you need to have sorted out ...