Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Known as the magic 5 P's of success, Proper Planning can really Prevent Poor Performance. Using this acronym throughout your IB Diploma will remind you of the importance of planning and provide you will the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in your IB Diploma studies. Our IB experts have years of experience helping students to achieve their best, but they also needed organisational and planning skills for their own busy lives and jobs as IB teachers, coordinators, counsellors and so on. So, after lots ...

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 ...

Engage your brain…use it or lose it!

Rosanna Montalbano, OSC’s IB expert, has been finding out some fascinating realities about the adolescent brain. Below she has summarised her findings, giving you four interesting facts and six tips to ensure your brain is engaged during studying. The adolescent brain has enormous amounts of grey matter in the pre-frontal cortex, the area just behind your forehead.  What this means is that the teenage years are an ideal time for learning. You will never have this much grey matter again! ...

‘The summer of the Extended Essay’ – easy tips to get you ahead

The Extended Essay might seem like a chore or something you will put to the back of your mind over summer. But, it will very easily pile on top of you, one thing you really do not want. One of OSC’s experienced IB teachers and Extended Essay examiner, Tim Williams, has given his view on how to ‘deal with the curse of the Extended Essay’ and how to get ahead this summer. Over to Tim... Long warm days...hammocks...the beach…warm nights…and…the damn Extended Essay… Right. ...

Expanding your web

Over on the Teacher side of this blog series, you'll find a post by Barbara Stefanics with the same title as this one:  Expanding Your Web. We'll be writing on both "sides" of this blog, for Teachers and for Students, about situations and scenarios, online services and apps, hardware and networks, social and ethical considerations which are pertinent for today's internet user. Unless you've been under a rock, or deep in a cave, you're aware of the history of the Internet ...