April Sale – OSC Study Guides

As a bonus for students looking to boost their revision this Easter holiday, we are currently offering a 10% discount on orders of 3 or more OSC IB Study Guides. Simply select your subject titles, add them to the basket and the discount will be applied automatically*. OSC's IB Study & Revision Guide Series is the largest IB-specific publication range and is used by IB students and schools worldwide to supplement textbooks and teaching notes.   *Offer not valid with other discounts. Offer ...

A Short History of the OSC Revision Guides

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 revision courses in Oxford in 1990 – they had expanded to run in Oxford, Cambridge, and Boston, and new initiatives, ...

Magical Revision Tips

Now that mock exams have ended you may be searching for ways to improve your study technique. During the 26 years that OSC has been helping students achieve the grades they need we have picked up some pointers that can assist you in creating the perfect study environment. These tips were originally published a couple of years ago by our IB experts; they are just as relevant now as they were then. Click on the relevant tip below for more information! Tip one Know ...

Creating Silence-Spaces in Schools

I just recently purchased good noise-cancelling headphones to block the roar of motors and the general noise whenever traveling on planes. The headphones are simply brilliant because, not only do they block in-coming noise so that the sound from on-board systems can be clearly heard, but they also block other passenger from being distracted by what I am listening to. Without these headsets I found that I was forced to turn up the sound controls to full volume and was constantly ...

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! It seems ...

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 ...