New Study & Revision Guides for IB History Paper 2: Topic 11: Causes and Effects of 20th-century Wars

We are pleased to announce the publication of two new titles in the OSC IB Study & Revision Guide series. IB History SL & HL Paper 2 Causes and Effects of 20th-century Wars: The First World War IB History SL & HL Paper 2 Causes and Effects of 20th-century Wars: The Second World War Written for the requirements of the 2017–2023 exam sessions, these revision guides support exam preparation for IBDP History Paper 2, focusing on the First and Second World War respectively ...

EAL: Economics as an Alien Language

This year's exam papers are a true mix of the good, the bad and the utterly confusing. Looking at the papers with a wide-angle lens, coverage/depth was excellent and there were no egregious examples of peripheral and non-core issues aimed at with the questions. And, once again, as in every exam since 2013, theory of the firm was 100% avoidable – which is either good or bad, depending on the whether you lean towards being able to strategically target revision ...

New Release: IB History Paper 2 Authoritarian States: Italy 1914–1945

We are pleased to announce the release of a new title in the OSC IB Study & Revision Guide series, the latest and final instalment in our 20th century World History books exploring the rise of Authoritarian States. IB History Paper 2 Authoritarian States: Italy 1914–1945 This revision guide supports exam preparation for IBDP History Paper 2 Topic 10: Authoritarian States, using Fascist Italy (1914–1945) as a discrete example. With guidance on writing essays to achieve top marks, it provides a focused account ...

IB Exams – History preparation

IB exams officially began last Thursday with school-based syllabi and Business Management and Global Politics last Friday.  And today, with Biology there are even more students involved in the examinations.  Critical mass with Diploma Candidates will occur Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning when English and Mathematics take place.  As a result, few students are focused on studying for their history exams right now - but some have begun their revisions and next weekend will be when they are focused on ...

Revision for IB History students

For those of you who are Diploma Candidates you are probably focused on Math, English and Biology at the moment, which is perfectly understandable. On Friday afternoon there will be a flurry of activity as you scramble to revise your notes, organize your thoughts and attempt to memorize hundreds of details.  However, one weekend of studying cannot replace 240 hours of class time and numerous assignments.  You should use some time over the course of the next week to go over the demands of ...

Misfortunate misdirections: Literature in Translation

IB Examiners of components that involve works in translation become familiar with the most frequently included works.  And those works, among a few others, are Ibsen's A Doll's House, Camus' The Outsider, Kafka's The Metamorphosis and Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  What follows are some of the most common ways in which students head in less than productive directions as they choose to develop topics or responses involving these works. A Doll's House:  One of the most ...

Introduction to History Paper 2 SL/HL: the Cold War

This blog was written by Sam Olofsson, an experienced IB teacher and author of History: Route 2 - The Cold War. I have had the pleasure of teaching IB history for over 20 years, mainly at Malmö Borgarskola in Sweden but also on revision courses in England and in the United States. It is my hope that this guide will give students the best possible help when preparing for exams. My main aim is to encourage students to practise structuring essays. Each section ...

Introductions (Part 3): Nailing it in Paper 2

Having looked at techniques for introductions for Commentaries and Written Assignments (Parts 1 and 2 of this series), it's time to look at what you can do to provide winning introductions to your Paper 2 essays. Here again, as with the Commentary, we're working with a timed exam.  That means you need to have some strategies in place so you don't have to agonize too much over the preliminaries to this portion of your essay and can instead spend the fast-disappearing  ...

DT Exam Review – May 2013 / May 2016 Specimen Papers Available

Well those exams are long over - and there is only one more May examination based off the old syllabus to go. So what were your thoughts on the exam papers? Here is a quick selection of mine without giving the game away for any students listening in :- Paper 1 - Nothing specific to comment about - and thought the case study questions to the end were very fair Paper 2 - iPAD Question - good solid question that should work well for ...

Paper 2 20th century world history

  Paper 2 is an examination that is required for both HL and SL students. The exam is the same and the students are graded using the same markbands – the only difference is in the weighting of the exam for the final IB grade – it consists of 25% for HL students and 45% for SL students. Paper 2 is an essay test that examines students’ knowledge of 20th century world history.  Students are required to have knowledge of 2 of ...