OSC’s Revision Courses – A Student Perspective

Verity attended an OSC Revision Course in Sydney, Australia. Now studying at Oxford University, we asked Verity to look back on her time with OSC. As a hardworking IB student studying in Sydney, as one of fifteen IB students in my school year-group of one-hundred, participating in an OSC Revision Course gave me the confidence I needed to achieve a 45 in my final exams. I applied to the course looking for world-class teacher expertise, holistic subject summaries and exam techniques ...

OSC Biology guides

This blog was written by Ashby Merson-Davis, an experienced IB teacher and author of a range of OSC Biology guides. When the IB started to expand in the UK it quickly became clear that there was a dearth of textbooks. HL could get by with A Level texts but there was nothing for SL. I decided to write an SL text and then wrote to a number of schools in Europe to see if they would be interested. It was basic, photocopied, ...

History Paper 1 SL/HL: the move to Global War

This blog was written by Joe Gauci, an experienced IB teacher and author of a range of OSC History guides. This revision guide aims to provide you with a clear description of the course content for the IBDP History syllabus Paper 1, covering all the required topics within the prescribed subject: the Move to Global War. Success on History Paper 1 requires a combination of mastery of a range of techniques in answering the source-based questions and a secure understanding of the ...

Introduction to History Paper 2 SL/HL: the Cold War

This blog was written by Sam Olofsson, an experienced IB teacher and author of History: Route 2 - The Cold War. I have had the pleasure of teaching IB history for over 20 years, mainly at Malmö Borgarskola in Sweden but also on revision courses in England and in the United States. It is my hope that this guide will give students the best possible help when preparing for exams. My main aim is to encourage students to practise structuring essays. Each section ...

The OSC Team at Aston Rowant Nature Reserve

Last week, the OSC team donned wellies, waterproofs, and gloves and spent the day volunteering at Aston Rowant, one of Oxfordshire’s most loved Nature Reserves. Armed with loppers and saws, the team took to clearing an area of shrubbery to recover the landscape biodiversity and promote growth of the diverse habitat. After a hard day's work the OSC team had cleared a significant portion of land for the Woodland Trust and built up a bonfire to dispose of the brush; the day ...

OSC’s 2017 Courses Are Open For Applications!

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We are happy to announce that our 2017 Pre and Mid IBDP Summer Schools and Exam Revision Courses are now live for applications. This year will be our biggest yet with the inclusion of our Exam Revision Course in Munich, Germany. Now going in to its 27th year, OSC has supported over 30,000 students helping them to get the full benefit from the IBDP and achieve the grades they need. Find out more about OSC's 2017 IB Courses below:   IB Exam Revision Courses If you're ...

Using IB Thinking to Explore Oxford

This post is written by Rosanna Montalbano, an IB Educator who works with OSC on their Pre IB Summer Schools and by providing School Visits to IB Schools globally.   Find out more about the Pre IB programme in Oxford by visiting the OSC website. This was an AWESOME assignment: I took groups of Pre IBDP students around Oxford in the afternoons and generate IB thinking from the venues we visited. Just up my street, especially since Oxford is such an interesting city, with ...

New presentations for students, parents and teachers from OSC

One of the ways that OSC gives back to the IB community is through our free worldwide school visit programme. In recent years our IB consultants have been giving interactive and engaging presentations to parents and students on a range of different aspects of the IB Diploma, with hints and tips for success. Scores of IB schools around the world have benefited from visits from our OSC School Visits team. When we visit your school, one of our experienced IB experts ...

A Scholarship Student’s Perspective

Each year OSC offers a number of scholarships for the Exam Revision Courses in Oxford. Britten Holter was awarded a Chemistry scholarship this year - below is an account of her time in Oxford. Why did you apply for the scholarship? I was getting more and more nervous about the approaching Chemistry exam as I felt I was going to fail the exams. Preparing with past papers was not going well and I did not know what to do in order to ...