Revision is one of the keys to success

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Yes, I admit that it feels a little early to be talking about revision – but truly, it is that time of the year!  In fact, to be honest, if you have not started revising your first year physics on a regular basis, you are already late. The IB course changed a few years ago, and this present year is only the second year to have taken the exams. If you look on the web at comments made for last year’s ...

New Physics Guides Available!

Physics: Internal Assessment and Physics Option C: Imaging have been added to OSC's IB Study Guide Series and are available to order now! These guides are exclusively written by experienced IB Physics teacher, Hugh Duncan. Find out more below.     Physics: Internal Assessment HL/SL The aim of this booklet is to help the student perform well and write up IB physics lab reports, especially the new Internal Investigation. Also included are real examples of the obligatory experiments, which will assist the student in ...

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, ...

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.  ...

Revision is a mini-nightmare!

They say that exercise is good for you and of course, at the moment there is no doubt that every second year IB student should be working their butts off – social life, you should have none – all you should be doing is mental exercise – working hard for those exams that are now, oh so close. If you do not have a revision plan, then you are leaving it a little late. You should have a whole bunch of ...

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. ...

Something wicked this way comes

The new Internal Assessment (IA) should be starting soon and if students are to ultimately produce something that will help them get a good grade, care is needed! OK – the new IA is not ‘Wicked’, but it is REALLY important. And so, this blog is fully aimed at those students in the first year of the HL and SL Physics course.  It will have no meaning at all for those at the end of their course. The course changed from ...

Independence Day

We are almost there – the end, the big push then those awful exams. Not awful because they are inherently a bad thing, after all they are the way that many students will show how good they are in their chosen subjects.  They are awful because they follow one after another, with no real rest.  If you were not ready for the revision process then the next 4 or 5 weeks will be a VERY hard slog! There is a sad ...

Independence Day

A deliberate attempt to use the name of the movie to generate ... intrigue I know, but the point is that the IB2 students should have been working on their individual revision for the exams for some time now, and ‘independent learning’ is what it is all about. Revision presents teachers with a number of problems. It is the time in the process when we are at our laziest – we set the students up with materials and we assess them ...

Choosing IB Subjects

This is a slightly stranger post for IB students.  It is actually a discussion for those considering the IB and in particular, what subjects you should be taking. In truth, the details are primarily focused on trying to help students either in the UK or intending to study at a UK university.  Things are a little different depending on what other country is considered.  The principles involved in subject choices should be the same however. When the IB Diploma is considered, it ...