OSC’s Revision Courses – A Student Perspective

Verity attended an OSC Revision Course in Sydney, Australia. Now studying at Oxford University, we asked Verity to look back on her time with OSC. As a hardworking IB student studying in Sydney, as one of fifteen IB students in my school year-group of one-hundred, participating in an OSC Revision Course gave me the confidence I needed to achieve a 45 in my final exams. I applied to the course looking for world-class teacher expertise, holistic subject summaries and exam techniques ...

Using IB Thinking to Explore Oxford

This post is written by Rosanna Montalbano, an IB Educator who works with OSC on their Pre IB Summer Schools and by providing School Visits to IB Schools globally.   Find out more about the Pre IB programme in Oxford by visiting the OSC website. This was an AWESOME assignment: I took groups of Pre IBDP students around Oxford in the afternoons and generate IB thinking from the venues we visited. Just up my street, especially since Oxford is such an interesting city, with ...

New presentations for students, parents and teachers from OSC

One of the ways that OSC gives back to the IB community is through our free worldwide school visit programme. In recent years our IB consultants have been giving interactive and engaging presentations to parents and students on a range of different aspects of the IB Diploma, with hints and tips for success. Scores of IB schools around the world have benefited from visits from our OSC School Visits team. When we visit your school, one of our experienced IB experts ...

A Scholarship Student’s Perspective

Each year OSC offers a number of scholarships for the Exam Revision Courses in Oxford. Britten Holter was awarded a Chemistry scholarship this year - below is an account of her time in Oxford. Why did you apply for the scholarship? I was getting more and more nervous about the approaching Chemistry exam as I felt I was going to fail the exams. Preparing with past papers was not going well and I did not know what to do in order to ...

New locations for 2016 IB Revision Courses

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This year, we are delighted to be offering the world’s most successful IB Revision Courses in three new locations, Brussels. Rome and Dubai, in addition to our flagship location, Oxford. All locations are open to all students and students can apply now. If your students are interested in attending as a group, please email osc@osc-ib.com Why should students take an OSC IB Revision Course? Revising for the final IB exams without expert guidance is tough. Students who attend an OSC Revision Course get more ...

Taking a Learner Profile Selfie

The IB learner profile is at the centre of the teaching and learning philosophy for the IB Mission. It is considered as the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.  The ten IB learner profile attributes are aspirational and represent the characteristics most valued by IB Schools, the majority of which integrate these into their teaching and learning philosophies. Among other things, we ask our students to be risk-takers, and inquirers and to be ...

OSC in the community

Here at OSC, we are passionate about helping IB schools and education worldwide. We also love supporting the local community here in Oxfordshire. Over the past few months we have been busy partaking in charity and community projects in the local area, as well as going further afield, attending educational conferences and visiting IB schools around the world.     Volunteering at Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve In October, the OSC team put on our best wellies and waterproof jackets and spent the day at ...

Spend next summer at Oxford, Cambridge or Harvard and MIT

Every summer, over 1000 IB students from around the world attend OSC’s Pre IB Summer Schools and Mid IB Summer Courses. If you are starting the IB Diploma Programme next year, or will be going into your second year after the summer break, why not join OSC and have a summer to remember?   As we fast approach the end of the year, we know the summer seems like a long way off; and you have got so much to do between ...

RESPONDING TO FEEDBACK ABOUT THE DIGITAL UPLOAD

Two readers have posted responses to blogs (my posts from 2013 and more recently) so I’d like to thank them for taking the time to reply and post here my replies to them. Links to my original blogs: https://blogs.osc-ib.com/2013/04/ib-teacher-blogs/dp_visarts/examining-the-digital-upload/ https://blogs.osc-ib.com/2014/02/ib-student-blogs/visual-arts-digital-upload-get-started/ FIRST COMMENT (responding to April 2013 post) The first comment was posted at the end of April 2014 in response to a post about the digital upload that I made in April 2013 Nigel writes “Digital upload assessment is only advantageous on the grounds of cost, nothing ...

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 ...