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 ...

Whither the Prescribed Subjects? Next month’s exams are the end of an era

We are now one month out from the final IB exams of the session that began with the exams in 2010.  On 8 November, the final set of Paper 1s will be given, and after that, these subjects will be put to rest.  The peacemaking, peacekeeping material is easily integrated into most regional options and it can be used with 20th century wars as part of the effects - although the level of detail is probably impractical for many of ...

Good Luck in Your Upcoming DP Design Technology Examinations – Tips and Tricks

Hi DP2 Students, This post is to wish you good luck in your upcoming DP Design Technology examinations, but as importantly to set yourself up for success with some simple tips and tricks for revision and review. Follow these steps and success will surely follow :- 1) Past Paper Practice There is no substitute for past paper practice - so make sure you get as many papers as possible from your teacher even if from the old syllabus. Make sure to practice them ...

Last minute…

I'm having an interesting day. One of the Picts (look this up) I customarily hang out with for after-school grap juice (fermented) apparently decided to yank me back to reality after a three-day weekend by way of a perky good morning note: Shades of Adam Smith Then it turns out (no, I don't read memos) that the IB2 crowd are off (and with any luck, home studying - god knows some of them need it) and the IB1 crowd is apparently spending ...

Tips and Tricks – The Upcoming DT Exams

Students it is not far until those Design Technology exams happen in May - and so here is a reminder of the examiners tips from the last examination session. Remember do what they say and you will gain more marks! Paper 2 For Paper 2 examiners suggested the following:- Check the glossary in the subject guide - as you should know the definitions. Seems simple but often forgotten - examiners can write "WTTE" meaning words to that effect - BUT they are ...

Exam recommendations for students

The November IB Diploma Psychology exams are just around the corner (Nov 6th and 7th), and the May exams are also not so very far away. Feedback for students from the May 2013 session examiners can help you to succeed. Examiners’ recommendations to students (from May 2013 papers, for both timezones) Paper 1 Practice time management. Many candidates wrote far too much for the questions in section A, which limited their time for section B. Read the questions carefully and give answers on the question ...

Tips from IB Examiners 3 – Multiple Choice Madness

The IB loves feedback - and believe it or not loves to receive this feedback for exams. They were disappointed this year that more teachers did not provide feedback for the Paper 1 examination and as this year the IB do request that a G2 form be filled in by as many teachers as possible discussing and commenting upon the exams and specific questions or areas that need improvement.Each year the G2 form is located in the left hand column ...

Tips from IB Examiners 2 – Internal Assessment / Major Project Pointers

The 4/PSWOT form and filling it in can be daunting at first - but one thing is always important to realise when finishing and sending off the portfolios of student work. This is that only the investigations and project with the highest marks are needed to be sent for each criteria. The rest of the projects should be recorded but NOT SENT. A relief for the postman and also the examiner I believe. It is also always important to choose a ...

Tips from IB Examiners – An Overview and the Importance of the Subject Reports

If you did not know after each examining session the IB publishes a subject report looking at the specific subject area and feedback from examiners on each of the examined parts of the syllabus. This is available on the OCC hidden away under the Subject Reports tab. It is useful if you are new to the subject to check back a few years and the patterns that exist in terms of student performance. This May 2013 subject report showed some disappointing ...