The IB Climb

OSC guide for Parents/Guardians with a young person in their first IB Diploma year So, your son, daughter or ward will be taking IB exams next year. What can you do to help them face the challenge with confidence? The following represent some tips that we have found useful… In them, we’ve represented your “young person” as “Sam” – mainly because writing “son, daughter or ward” takes up more space. Get an early start Sam cannot begin the revision process too early. The ...

Facing IB exams with confidence

So, your son, daughter or ward will be taking the IB exams either this year or next year. What can you do to help him/her face the challenge with confidence? Clearly, factors such as your home environment, your son’s/daughter’s/ward’s personality, support mechanisms in the school, etc. will make a difference. But, the following represent some tips that we have found useful… In it, we’ve represented your “young person” as “Sam” – mainly because writing “son, daughter or ward” repeatedly takes ...

Revise Review Remember

Some last minute suggestions before your IB Exams: In case you haven’t already done some of the following, OSC is passing on to you a few tips that have helped IB students in past years. ORDER ORDER: It is absolutely vital that you are organised and lead a well structured life. O Organisation – Make a structured revision programme for the next few weeks R REDUCE, Reduce, reduce D Diagrams – Try using visual ways to show topics. E Exam techniques – Don’t throw away all you have done by messing ...

What to do if your IB results are below expectations

IBDP results are released around lunch-time on 5th July (depending on your time-zone) and are available here. At some schools they might be available before this time via direct contact with the school. There is always a lot of variability between predicted grades and results achieved. This is inevitable as Diploma Programme students are taking six subjects plus the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge (ToK), and the narrowness of the grade bands. Some students will benefit from this and achieve ...

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Known as the magic 5 P's of success, Proper Planning can really Prevent Poor Performance. Using this acronym throughout your IB Diploma will remind you of the importance of planning and provide you will the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in your IB Diploma studies. Our IB experts have years of experience helping students to achieve their best, but they also needed organisational and planning skills for their own busy lives and jobs as IB teachers, coordinators, counsellors and so on. So, after lots ...

Planning for IB success

OSC's resident IB expert Layla Moran imparts her wisdom on planning for IB success. As an experienced IB Maths and Physics teacher, Layla knows what it takes to succeed in the IB Diploma Programme. Yay, it’s the start of the new school year! For many of us this is a time of great joy, seeing friends we haven’t seen all summer and making new ones who have just joined the school. A new school year also brings the opportunity to make ...

Making the grade – revising English A and Language B subjects

The first exams on the new English A courses were the IB’s May 2013 exams. Data from that exam session showed that schools had been changing the English A subjects they had chosen for their students. There had been a slight drift from the old “A1 HL” to A: Language & literature HL, but a massive swing from “A1 SL” to A: Language and literature SL. Nevertheless, the grades achieved for English A variants were still disappointing. While 33 Language A subjects achieved average points scores ...

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. ...

Five Top Maths Tips

Layla Moran, an OSC Academic Manager and IB Maths and Physics teacher, imparts her top five Maths tips to help you get through your exams. 1. Get your calculator sorted The IB has very strict guidelines about what can and cannot be on your calculator. If an invigilator clears it during the exam, are you confident you know how to change the settings to what you like quickly? TIP: Practicing this is worth spending 10 minutes of your time doing. Ask your maths teacher to show you ...

Extended Essay research – reading between the lines

OSC's resident IB expert Keith Allen imparts his wisdom on writing a successful Extended Essay. As an experienced IB Biology teacher, Keith knows what it takes to succeed in the IB Diploma Programme. The IB has – very proudly – reported on three research projects on the benefits of the Extended Essay for university study. Those of us who have been involved with the IBDP for decades are not surprised – but we are reassured – to receive confirmation that the ...