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 ...

It’s now November – time for exam preparation!

Really, it was time for revision a while ago if you are a student who is sitting IB Diploma Psychology exams on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th November.  However, a week is long enough to brush up on exam technique and plan to focus your answers effectively on the questions asked rather than writing everything you know about the topics you have studied. Feedback from the May 2014 examiners is a good place to start for tips: Paper 1 Section A (Short-answer questions) Material ...

Good Luck with your IB DP Design Technology Results on 6th July!

Wishing all Design Technology students the best of luck in their results for their Design technology May 2014 exams. Results Day is on 6th July - so not too far away now! As I sure you have already been told that this is not the end but the beginning of an exciting life and career - either through College/ University or the World of Work! I hope many of you have been inspired by your Design and Technology course and are ...

2014 OSC IB Exam Revision Courses: Student Reflection

Last month, OSC ran its most successful IB Exam Revision Courses to date in Oxford and Shanghai. Within only 20 days, over 1000 students from 55 countries came to share a few precious days of their revision time with OSC. We received fantastic feedback from the students who attended the courses; here are a few snippets. 98% of students said that they now felt more confident going into their final exams after attending the OSC Revision Courses. 95% of students said that they believed the ...

Tips from IB Examiners 4 – How to Improve Student Response of Long Answer Questions

As discussed before the examiners focused mostly in the subject report on the long answer questions of Paper 2 and Paper 3 with comments such as :- " but few gained more than 6 marks due to lack of structure 'explaining' three advantages rather than just describing them." "As usual with extended response questions relating to three distinct issues, candidates who planned their answer carefully and set out the issues gained most marks." "Only a small number of candidates organised their response into ...

Exam Advice – the Devil is in the Details

By Thursday, October 31, 2013 , , , , 0

I know it may well seem that the exams are a long way off, but actually, they could be ‘just around the corner! The November exam session is about to start and already, some of my colleagues have got extended essays to mark.  Coupled to this, the subject reports have recently been released on the Online Curriculum Centre (OCC). A quick word about the OCC before we drop into the advice we can glean from the reports.  The IB’s OCC has had a ...

Exam Tips

By Monday, December 13, 2010 , , , 0

Apologies for my absence over the past few week. I have been busy marking November session examinations. This experience can be somewhat disheartening at times particularly when you see students making the same mistakes year after year despite our best effort to prevent them. Even more discouraging is when you come across an entire allocation where students have not answered say the normal distribution question or the vector question because they had never seen anything like it before. Or there ...