What to do if your IB results are below expectations

IBDP results are released around lunch-time on 5th July (depending on your time-zone) and are available here. At some schools they might be available before this time via direct contact with the school. There is always a lot of variability between predicted grades and results achieved. This is inevitable as Diploma Programme students are taking six subjects plus the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge (ToK), and the narrowness of the grade bands. Some students will benefit from this and achieve ...

Planning for IB success

OSC's resident IB expert Layla Moran imparts her wisdom on planning for IB success. As an experienced IB Maths and Physics teacher, Layla knows what it takes to succeed in the IB Diploma Programme. Yay, it’s the start of the new school year! For many of us this is a time of great joy, seeing friends we haven’t seen all summer and making new ones who have just joined the school. A new school year also brings the opportunity to make ...

Five Top Physics Tips

Layla Moran, an OSC Academic Manager and IB Maths and Physics teacher, imparts her advice by giving you her top five Physics tips to help you get through your exams. 1. Definitions Learn your definitions. Look through the syllabus and highlight every time it says ‘define’. Then find a recent past paper question that has that word or command in it and not the answer in the mark scheme. Making a list like this a brilliant exercise and is an easy source of points. 2. ...

Extended Essay research – reading between the lines

OSC's resident IB expert Keith Allen imparts his wisdom on writing a successful Extended Essay. As an experienced IB Biology teacher, Keith knows what it takes to succeed in the IB Diploma Programme. The IB has – very proudly – reported on three research projects on the benefits of the Extended Essay for university study. Those of us who have been involved with the IBDP for decades are not surprised – but we are reassured – to receive confirmation that the ...

An IB student’s New Year’s resolution

Experienced IB Maths and Physics teacher, Layla Moran, shares some top tips for studying in the New Year in preparation for mock exams. The New Year is always one of the most difficult times to be an IBDP student, particularly those in IB2 as many will be thinking ahead to mock exams and the year ahead. Here are some top tips for balancing studying, school and family and avoiding the guilt of not meeting your own expectations for success. 1. Ask your ...