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 ...

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 ...

Free Resources for IB Teachers and Students

Here at OSC, we are constantly using our experience and expertise to develop new tools that will help make IB student’s and teacher’s lives feel much easier. We know how scarce IB resources are and how little time IB students and teachers have. Our tools and resources can help you, and they are free! Free tools and resources for the new 2014-2015 academic year and for November IB exam takers: IBDP Planner – a fantastic calendar to allow students to schedule ...

2014 OSC IB Exam Revision Courses: Student Reflection

Last month, OSC ran its most successful IB Exam Revision Courses to date in Oxford and Shanghai. Within only 20 days, over 1000 students from 55 countries came to share a few precious days of their revision time with OSC. We received fantastic feedback from the students who attended the courses; here are a few snippets. 98% of students said that they now felt more confident going into their final exams after attending the OSC Revision Courses. 95% of students said that they believed the ...

IA – The Moderation Process

My last blog posting focussed on how Paper 2 and Paper 3 are marked online using Scoris. Now that the results have been out for a few weeks, the theme of this post is to explain how lab work or Internal Assessment (IA) material is moderated. The current method of assessing IA has been in use for six years although the process of moderation has been around for much longer. So, how doe sit work? Well, around three months before the results are ...

The Time Is Now!

Is school due to start in a few weeks? Sorry to remind you if that is the case but how much work have you done on your extended essay (EE?) You did all that research at the end of last term. You dutifully collected all of that data. You spent hours and hours of your free time (and your teachers) carrying out the lab work. What are you going to do with it all?  Don’t let it all go to ...

‘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. ...

Considering your options: What to do if your IB results are below expectations

IBDP results are released around lunch-time on 6th July (depending on your time-zone) and are available on https://candidates.ibo.org.  At some schools they might be available before this time via direct contact with the school. There is always a lot of variability between predicted grades and results achieved.  This is inevitable as Diploma Programme students are taking six subjects plus the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge (ToK), and the narrowness of the grade bands.  Some students will benefit from this and achieve a ...

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, this can cause major problems when it comes to your IB revision. Rosanna Montalbano, an OSC IB expert, imparts her wisdom and advice. Sleep deprivation is BAD for you, not just because it leaves you ...