Subject Choice review

If your school has November exams, you are winding down on the old curriculum while concurrently preparing for the new curriculum that has first exams in 2017.  At this point, it is worthwhile to review the changes to History: In the current curriculum your students have Peacemaking, Arab-Israeli and Communism in Crisis as their options.  These are all going away to be replaced by 5 new prescribed subjects.  This is the largest curricular change but the skills remain largely the same: ...

There is nothing to do now but wait

Many IB students will feel that they have come through a bit of a gruelling time recently – all those exams in such a short period of time.  And let’s not talk about the Physics exam ... Oh, but let’s (just for a quick moment)!! After the first day of the physics exams this year, paper 1 and paper 2 had been completed.  And by the end of the day my students were telling me, with a sparkle in their eyes, ...

They think it’s all over, it is now – NOT!

This blog is being written at the end of quite a stressful weekend for the students.  The first two Physics exams (P1 & P2) were on Friday and then the final P3 today. Part of my build-up for the students is to always tells them that the best way to revise is to look a past exam papers, go through the questions topic by topic, and then look at the marking schemes.  There should obviously also be a place for doing ...

Your Physics exams are almost over!

This blog will be a little strange because it is based upon giving some thoughts and advice to students, while they are in the middle of their exams – and this is really not a time when they should be reading blogs!  But whatever, you never know, it might be useful. In addressing physics students I hope you are not too stressed over the physics papers this year, but I suspect that is a vague hope that is probably not true.  ...

IB Music Exam: Tips and Strategies for Success

As you prepare for the IB Music exam, remember to develop strategies and methods for answering the IB Music Listening Paper questions. Decide which strategies work best for you or come up with your own, or a combination of those listed below. Use the approach that provides a guide to writing detailed answers in the shortest period of time. For this exam, the more evidence you provide for your assessment, the more likely you are to receive higher marks. STRATEGY 1: ...

In one week the IB history exams begin

To steal from Lenin, 'What is to be done?'  The burning questions of IB history may include how to get the elusive 7 or how to pass if you haven't opened your textbook in the past year.  Although these are very different scenarios they both involve how to prepare for the IB in this last week. Usually I write about getting a good night's sleep and making sure that you have your lucky pen but today I feel like being more exam specific. Paper 1: Review the content, ...

Exams; are you prepared?

The final exams might be far from your mind but they aren’t really that far away. Good practice and preparation will put you in good stead. Your mock exams will also show you what you need to focus on. But, before then we have some helpful tips and advice on what you can you do to be fully prepared. Tips from the experts Our team of IB experts have transferred their wisdom and experience into simple tips on how best you can ...

‘That word…I don’t think it means what you think…’

It has been told to me that I have a bull-headed propensity towards taking things literally - something enmeshed in my father's favourite childhood story. I was about five and we were living in Panama City. My father was working for the ILO and living the expat life. We often had people over for dinner - many of the guests were of UN/diplomatic types - and my father, of old-fashioned ilk, made a point of having his children neatly dressed ...