An IB student’s New Year’s resolution

Experienced IB Maths and Physics teacher, Layla Moran, shares some top tips for studying in the New Year in preparation for mock exams. The New Year is always one of the most difficult times to be an IBDP student, particularly those in IB2 as many will be thinking ahead to mock exams and the year ahead. Here are some top tips for balancing studying, school and family and avoiding the guilt of not meeting your own expectations for success. 1. Ask your ...

Engage your brain…use it or lose it!

Rosanna Montalbano, OSC’s IB expert, has been finding out some fascinating realities about the adolescent brain. Below she has summarised her findings, giving you four interesting facts and six tips to ensure your brain is engaged during studying. The adolescent brain has enormous amounts of grey matter in the pre-frontal cortex, the area just behind your forehead.  What this means is that the teenage years are an ideal time for learning. You will never have this much grey matter again! ...

‘The summer of the Extended Essay’ – easy tips to get you ahead

The Extended Essay might seem like a chore or something you will put to the back of your mind over summer. But, it will very easily pile on top of you, one thing you really do not want. One of OSC’s experienced IB teachers and Extended Essay examiner, Tim Williams, has given his view on how to ‘deal with the curse of the Extended Essay’ and how to get ahead this summer. Over to Tim... Long warm days...hammocks...the beach…warm nights…and…the damn Extended Essay… Right. ...

Why we need sleep

Why we need to sleep (and why, very often, teenagers can't) It’s obvious: we all need sleep, from teenagers to teachers. Recent studies, however, suggest that the teenage brain needs more sleep than most because it is still developing. Unfortunately, due to a number of reasons, teenagers the world over - particularly those doing the IBDP - are notoriously sleep-deprived. Rosanna Montalbano, an OSC IB expert, imparts her wisdom and advice. Sleep deprivation is BAD for you, not just because it leaves you woozy so ...

Choosing your IB Subjects: Don’t Panic!

If you are in the year before starting your IB Diploma, your family and school will have started to get you to think about what subjects you should take for the IB Diploma. In chats at dinner you discover your mother wasn’t just suggesting you should be a lawyer because you are good at arguing, she was actually being serious! Or suddenly, you find yourself wondering if, while it never occurred to you before and you hate blood, maybe you should do ...

Before you start the IB Diploma, think about your University Choices

Think about your university choices before you start the IB Diploma? You may think it's  too early to start thinking of what you want to study in university before you have even embarked on your IB Diploma adventure, but it may be a good idea to take a look at the following information. OSC runs both a University Application Course in Boston and University Tour here in the UK, for students who have already been through one year of the IB Diploma Programme. Last year on the tour, it ...

Magical Revision Tips. Part 4.

Revision can be something IB students do very well and in advance OR can be left until the very last minute. Tim Williams, an IB expert and teacher for OSC, has written a four part series on what you can still do to prepare for the exams. Magical Revision Tip 4: 'How the heck do I remember it all?' You don't. Don't even try. Remember the first step? You don’t need to remember everything, but here are some excellent ways to remember what ...

Magical Revision Tips. Part 3.

Revision can be something IB students do very well and in advance OR can be left until the very last minute. Tim Williams, an IB expert and teacher for OSC, has written a four part series on what you can still do to prepare for the exams. Magical Revision Tip 3: 'Now I know what, I know when - so how do I do revision?' For you, less will have to be more. Believe me - the worst thing you can do is ...

Magical Revision Tips. Part 2.

Revision can be something IB students do very well and in advance OR can be left until the very last minute. Tim Williams, an IB expert and teacher for OSC, has written a four part series on what you can still do to prepare for the exams. Magical Revision Tip 2. 'Okay - now I know how much there is to do, how do I start doing it...?' Feeling a bit overwhelmed by how much there is to do? There’s a way to ...

Magical Revision Tips. Part 1.

Revision can be something IB students do very well and in advance OR can be left until the very last minute. Tim Williams, an IB expert and teacher for OSC, has written a four part series on what you can still do to prepare for the exams. Magical Revision Tip 1: Two weeks to go and I haven't started revising. Tell me there is magic. Maybe there is ... You know you should have, but you didn't. Here is what you can still usefully ...