A Short History of the OSC Revision Guides

This blog was written by experienced IB Teacher and OSC author Ian Lucas. Click here to read more blogs by Ian. The Revision Guides are a hugely successful part of the OSC offering to students and schools, and are sold to hundreds of countries around the world. They first appeared on the scene in 2002 as a result of an experiment the previous year. At the time OSC was a smaller, family-owned company, run by Eileen Polgreen who had started the ...

Revise Review Remember

Some last minute suggestions before your IB Exams: In case you haven’t already done some of the following, OSC is passing on to you a few tips that have helped IB students in past years. ORDER ORDER: It is absolutely vital that you are organised and lead a well structured life. O Organisation – Make a structured revision programme for the next few weeks R REDUCE, Reduce, reduce D Diagrams – Try using visual ways to show topics. E Exam techniques – Don’t throw away all you have done by messing ...

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! ...

Why we need sleep

Why we need to sleep (and why, very often, teenagers can't) It’s obvious: we all need sleep, from teenagers to teachers. Recent studies, however, suggest that the teenage brain needs more sleep than most because it is still developing. Unfortunately, due to a number of reasons, teenagers the world over - particularly those doing the IBDP - are notoriously sleep-deprived. Rosanna Montalbano, an OSC IB expert, imparts her wisdom and advice. Sleep deprivation is BAD for you, not just because it leaves you woozy so ...

Magical Revision Tips. Part 4.

Revision can be something IB students do very well and in advance OR can be left until the very last minute. Tim Williams, an IB expert and teacher for OSC, has written a four part series on what you can still do to prepare for the exams. Magical Revision Tip 4: 'How the heck do I remember it all?' You don't. Don't even try. Remember the first step? You don’t need to remember everything, but here are some excellent ways to remember what ...

Magical Revision Tips. Part 3.

Revision can be something IB students do very well and in advance OR can be left until the very last minute. Tim Williams, an IB expert and teacher for OSC, has written a four part series on what you can still do to prepare for the exams. Magical Revision Tip 3: 'Now I know what, I know when - so how do I do revision?' For you, less will have to be more. Believe me - the worst thing you can do is ...

Magical Revision Tips. Part 2.

Revision can be something IB students do very well and in advance OR can be left until the very last minute. Tim Williams, an IB expert and teacher for OSC, has written a four part series on what you can still do to prepare for the exams. Magical Revision Tip 2. 'Okay - now I know how much there is to do, how do I start doing it...?' Feeling a bit overwhelmed by how much there is to do? There’s a way to ...

Magical Revision Tips. Part 1.

Revision can be something IB students do very well and in advance OR can be left until the very last minute. Tim Williams, an IB expert and teacher for OSC, has written a four part series on what you can still do to prepare for the exams. Magical Revision Tip 1: Two weeks to go and I haven't started revising. Tell me there is magic. Maybe there is ... You know you should have, but you didn't. Here is what you can still usefully ...