Hot off the Press

A couple of recent articles in the science section of the BBC have caught my eye lately. The first one I read a few days ago or so ago concerned the atmosphere of Mars. It turns out that over time, most of the Martian atmosphere has been lost into space (how, I’m not too sure) but what caught my eye was the method used to determine the rate of loss of gas in the atmosphere to space. I have written about a ...

OSC Exam Revision – Rome

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Pemba joined Oxford Study Courses in Rome where she studied at St. George's British International School with expert IB teachers. Here's what she had to say: Regarding the OSC Spring course, I really enjoyed and benefited a lot. As a conscientious Nepalese student studying in the IBDP program, I have experienced the vast difference between the IB program and the Nepal education system which I was schooled in. Most of my IB courses are new to me and because the standard ...

Beyond Persepolis (2): ‘The Arab of the Future’

Although this work is not on the PLT, you might just want to consider pairing it with Persepolis in Part 1, and including it in Part 4, since the two works could create a more rounded view of growing up in the Middle East.  The leading character is a charming fellow with an unforgettable profile.  The work is originally in French, by Riad Sattouf, and like Persepolis, is published in two volumes with perhaps more to come. There is a fine ...

Choosing & Using Sources

This morning Nik Peachy shared a free, online or downloadable text book  Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research by Teaching & Learning, Ohio State University Libraries.   Thinking about the IB DP IA and EE work, I decided to have a look. Cover of "Choosing & Using Sources" by Teaching & Learning, Ohio State University Libraries "Choosing & Using Sources presents a process for academic research and writing, from formulating your research question to selecting good information and using it ...

It’s that time of year

So here we are, April is with us and in the UK Spring is most definitely here. Which means one thing if you are in the second year of the IB diploma … exams. This year, the exams in chemistry start on the afternoon of Thursday 11th May (paper 1 and 2) followed by the morning of Friday 12th May for paper 3. Which, depending on when you read this, gives you around four weeks until the examination. So, how is your ...

Managing the unexpected Drama class

The last few months I have been working as a freelance artists teaching in all types of places all over the world. On my travels I have encountered some rather unexpected circumstances, ones where I had been told one thing in advance, but encountered another. The other day I was recounting some of these events to a friend and she said "You must write this down, people will want to know how you did it!". So, this blog will explain ...

Message from the CEO

  From Kim Polgreen, CEO It is now OSC’s 27th year, and looking at it today, I am so proud of what my mother and brother created in 1990, and of what the OSC “family” of IB teachers and supporters have achieved.  Together we have helped tens of thousands of IB students with their studies, and OSC has become a wonderful global community of IB teachers and friends, ably coordinated by our fabulous, happy and hardworking Oxford team. The key to success ...

New IB History Study Guides Available!

History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Germany 1918-1945 and History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Russia 1917-1953 have been added to OSC's IB Study Guide Series and are available to order now! These guides are written by experienced IB History teacher and OSC Subject Advisor, Joe Gauci. Find out more below.     History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Germany 1918-1945 uses emergence and rule of Nazi Germany as a discrete example. History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Russia 1917-1953 focuses on Soviet Russia under Lenin and Stalin.       These ...

Does Knowledge Have a Sell by Date?

Naomi Klein’s controversial book and subsequent film adaptation, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (2014 and 2015 respectively), was meant to give a new take on the issue of the relationship between the current dominant economic model and the price our planet has to pay for its success. To many of its critics the book/film only rehash well-trodden arguments and offer unrealistic or downright silly solutions, their damning verdict is that in fact the book and film do not ...

April Sale – OSC Study Guides

As a bonus for students looking to boost their revision this Easter holiday, we are currently offering a 10% discount on orders of 3 or more OSC IB Study Guides. Simply select your subject titles, add them to the basket and the discount will be applied automatically*. OSC's IB Study & Revision Guide Series is the largest IB-specific publication range and is used by IB students and schools worldwide to supplement textbooks and teaching notes.   *Offer not valid with other discounts. Offer ...