Time to be lazy

This is the time of the academic year when IB teachers have a mix of being both happy and sad. Or maybe these are the wrong terms to use – we are nervous and feeling a little lazy – but teachers know this is an important phase for us to go through. Nervous. I feel nervous at this time because the exams are VERY close and of course, I am hoping (a terrible word I think!) that the exam allows the ...

Is It Finished Now?

This post is really for students who have just finished the IB, although those that are half way through would do well to ‘take note’. I have just finished remarks for Physics HL – I will be honest in saying that it feels a bit strange to be doing remarks so long after the actual exams – what is going on? Why would it take so long (four weeks) to decide that you are not happy and think there has been ...

Is It Finished Now?

I have three weeks left before school starts and I have not had a clear break yet – a few days here and there, but nothing where I can just relax and worry about, well … nothing at all. A few days ago I finished remarking another two Physics HL Paper 2 scripts and I was struck by the following questions: How many remarks are there going to be?  In physics, the papers rarely change that much. Most scripts have a ...

It’s that time of year

So here we are, April is with us and in the UK Spring is most definitely here. Which means one thing if you are in the second year of the IB diploma … exams. This year, the exams in chemistry start on the afternoon of Thursday 11th May (paper 1 and 2) followed by the morning of Friday 12th May for paper 3. Which, depending on when you read this, gives you around four weeks until the examination. So, how is your ...

Whither the Prescribed Subjects? Next month’s exams are the end of an era

We are now one month out from the final IB exams of the session that began with the exams in 2010.  On 8 November, the final set of Paper 1s will be given, and after that, these subjects will be put to rest.  The peacemaking, peacekeeping material is easily integrated into most regional options and it can be used with 20th century wars as part of the effects - although the level of detail is probably impractical for many of ...

Good Luck in Your Upcoming DP Design Technology Examinations – Tips and Tricks

Hi DP2 Students, This post is to wish you good luck in your upcoming DP Design Technology examinations, but as importantly to set yourself up for success with some simple tips and tricks for revision and review. Follow these steps and success will surely follow :- 1) Past Paper Practice There is no substitute for past paper practice - so make sure you get as many papers as possible from your teacher even if from the old syllabus. Make sure to practice them ...

Last minute…

I'm having an interesting day. One of the Picts (look this up) I customarily hang out with for after-school grap juice (fermented) apparently decided to yank me back to reality after a three-day weekend by way of a perky good morning note: Shades of Adam Smith Then it turns out (no, I don't read memos) that the IB2 crowd are off (and with any luck, home studying - god knows some of them need it) and the IB1 crowd is apparently spending ...

Tips and Tricks – The Upcoming DT Exams

Students it is not far until those Design Technology exams happen in May - and so here is a reminder of the examiners tips from the last examination session. Remember do what they say and you will gain more marks! Paper 2 For Paper 2 examiners suggested the following:- Check the glossary in the subject guide - as you should know the definitions. Seems simple but often forgotten - examiners can write "WTTE" meaning words to that effect - BUT they are ...

Tips from IB Examiners 3 – Multiple Choice Madness

The IB loves feedback - and believe it or not loves to receive this feedback for exams. They were disappointed this year that more teachers did not provide feedback for the Paper 1 examination and as this year the IB do request that a G2 form be filled in by as many teachers as possible discussing and commenting upon the exams and specific questions or areas that need improvement.Each year the G2 form is located in the left hand column ...

Tips from IB Examiners 2 – Internal Assessment / Major Project Pointers

The 4/PSWOT form and filling it in can be daunting at first - but one thing is always important to realise when finishing and sending off the portfolios of student work. This is that only the investigations and project with the highest marks are needed to be sent for each criteria. The rest of the projects should be recorded but NOT SENT. A relief for the postman and also the examiner I believe. It is also always important to choose a ...