The May 2017 Subject Report is now available

Most understandably, there was a small delay in the release of the subject report.  With all new assessments, there was much to report on and the examiners responsibly clearly wanted to provide clarity on the expectations of the assessments, and advice for future candidates.  A lot of work goes into these reports, and in IB history, with nearly 50,000 students writing 10 different exams and completing an internal assessment, there are a lot of variables to consider. (Please note that as of ...

Readying year two students for their Independent study

[video width="720" height="540" m4v="https://blogs.osc-ib.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Planning-the-Independent-Study.m4v"] This post is a transcript of a presentation (above) which I made to my own students following feedback on their first attempts in identifying topics and tackling a rationale for their Independent studies. The Independent Study The rationale – maximum 100 words The screenplay -  8 to 10 pages (no gaps or unnaturally large margins – examiners have seen this all before) The annotated list of sources What is the IS? A research paper A highly engaging potential documentary film ...

A guide I use for students to prepare their oral presentations

In my teaching universe we are currently going through the second practice for our students at the oral presentation. Our process introduced them to it in December, where they prepare a series of slides on a sequence addressing the full pressie assessment criteria (well, all except the socio-cultural context). This is a weighted assessment task for semester one and helps determine semester performance grades. At the beginning of semester two our students, acting on detailed feedback from their slide 'presentation', ...

Is the IB Diploma for me?

Deciding whether to take the IB Diploma is a big decision. Is it right for you? The IB Diploma Programme is fast-becoming the world’s passport to university. The programme offers a well-rounded education that develops students personally, and develops a unique breadth and depth of knowledge. However, the programme is challenging and poses many demands on a student, whilst being exciting at the same time. Some students are discouraged by the workloads and rigour of the programme. To be able to make the ...

Extended Essay Advice: Summer Passions

At the time of year, lots of students will be coming to the end of the first year of the IBDP, and over the summer will be turning their focus to their Extended Essay. Here, OSC’s Academic Director, Keith Allen, gives some key tips and advice on getting ahead with the project. With over 30 years’ experience working and teaching in IB schools around the world, Keith knows what it takes to produce a high-quality EE. It’s June already. Where has ...

Best-selling IB Revision Guides from OSC

OSC has been producing IB Revision Guides since 2002 and we now publish more IBDP specific material than anyone else in the world. We know the importance of revision and review and want to be able to support all IBDP students with our expertise and experience. The rigorous and balanced learning values of a global curriculum are reflected in the content and structure of OSC revision guides. They offer complete coverage of the IB syllabus, emphasising active revision and review at ...

High quality, free Maths videos for the IB community

IB students and teachers around the world love our free IBDP Maths HL, SL and Studies videos. Covering the whole syllabus, our videos are clearly indexed and searchable; and they are free. Just before the May exams this year, the videos were being watched 2500 times per day! Over 230 practice and review videos Clearly linked to the IB Maths HL and SL syllabus Created by expert IB teachers Instantly accessible and free of charge “OSC’s Maths videos have literally saved my ...

2014 Pre and Mid IBDP Summer Schools

If you are studying at a May exam school, we know you will now be getting excited about your summer holidays. Of course, you deserve a break, however when you break up from school, we know how easy it is to have a ‘summer dip’ in your studies. Our Pre IBDP Summer Schools and Mid IBDP Summer Courses are perfect for students who will be starting that IBDP later this year, or will be going in to their second year after ...

High-quality IB Professional Development Opportunities

OSC is proud to support both IBSCA and Triple A Learning in the running of residential and online IB teacher workshops. In 2014/15, we are thrilled to be continuing to work in partnership with IBSCA and TAL; providing IB educators around the world with access to high-quality professional development. IBSCA Professional Development Workshops IBSCA provides invaluable support and development opportunities to new and experienced IB World Schools across the PYP, MYP and DP Programmes. Throughout 2014/15, IBSCA will run 71 IB Teacher Workshops ...

OSC Social Enterprise Update: IB Exam Revision Course Scholarships 2014

As a Social Enterprise, OSC’s mission is to provide the highest quality educational support for IB students and schools and to generate profits which are used for philanthropic educational projects. A key Social Enterprise activity for OSC is to provide scholarships for students to attend IB Exam Revision Courses. Scholarships are awarded to students who have a real financial and academic need for help in their final revision programme. For the 8th year, OSC were thrilled to be able to offer ...