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 ...

New Years Resolutions?

Welcome back and a very Happy New Year to you. I hope that you managed to get some much needed rest and relaxation but also did not take your foot foot off the accelerator too much - whether you are first or second year IB. What are your New Year's resolutions? Have you made any? I hope this post gives you some ideas for some 'Chemistry' New Year's resolutions / ideas. The idea I wan't to focus on is effective revision.  There are ...

VIDEOS – and November session schools using paper CRBs

There are two sessions (May and November) each year for students taking IBDP examinations, and this year November session schools still have the option of using a paper CRB (as with the May session, some schools will also be piloting the e-submission digital upload). Schools – or at least DP art teachers – occasionally include CDs or DVDs in the back ‘pocket’ of the paper CRBs. These often contain student videos, animations, etc. - but it is important to note that ...

Marking the exams

This year I am marking SL paper 2. The marking is carried out online and whilst I have marked for the IB previously, this is the first time I have marked online papers for them. I thought it may be of some use to you to explain how the marking process works .... Firstly, each school will send the exam papers to the IB (in the past they were sent straight to the examiner). Once the IB has the papers they are ...

It’s that time again

HAPPY NEW YEAR! OK - I started back at school yesterday after a very pleasant two week holiday, and reminded my year 2 IBDP visual arts class that for them (in some ways) the end is nigh. As if to confirm this, a package of the blue Candidate Record Booklets was also waiting for me in my mailtray. If like me you are teaching in a northern hemisphere school then your students will probably have their final examinations in around 2 to 3 months’ time ...

Shining a beacon on command terms

I have set and marked papers for the Business and Management since the early 1990s and written many examiner reports for papers, extended essays and internal assessments. However, in all those reports, there have been very few original or distinctive comments that might not have been found in any other examiner report. That is because across cohorts, students are relatively constant in what they do well and what they do poorly. I cannot remember how many reports I have started with ...