There is nothing to do now but wait

Many IB students will feel that they have come through a bit of a gruelling time recently – all those exams in such a short period of time.  And let’s not talk about the Physics exam ... Oh, but let’s (just for a quick moment)!! After the first day of the physics exams this year, paper 1 and paper 2 had been completed.  And by the end of the day my students were telling me, with a sparkle in their eyes, ...

They think it’s all over, it is now – NOT!

This blog is being written at the end of quite a stressful weekend for the students.  The first two Physics exams (P1 & P2) were on Friday and then the final P3 today. Part of my build-up for the students is to always tells them that the best way to revise is to look a past exam papers, go through the questions topic by topic, and then look at the marking schemes.  There should obviously also be a place for doing ...

Your Physics exams are almost over!

This blog will be a little strange because it is based upon giving some thoughts and advice to students, while they are in the middle of their exams – and this is really not a time when they should be reading blogs!  But whatever, you never know, it might be useful. In addressing physics students I hope you are not too stressed over the physics papers this year, but I suspect that is a vague hope that is probably not true.  ...

Revision for your students is a mini-nightmare!

This is really the 11th hour for the IB2 students – the final exams are VERY close and they should all be working ridiculously hard on their revision – and physics teachers should all be working to help wherever possible. This final comment does sound a little strange, especially as I am a Head of Physics and have every confidence in the fact that my team of teachers have worked hard for the last 2 years, with a syllabus that remains ...

Revision is a mini-nightmare!

They say that exercise is good for you and of course, at the moment there is no doubt that every second year IB student should be working their butts off – social life, you should have none – all you should be doing is mental exercise – working hard for those exams that are now, oh so close. If you do not have a revision plan, then you are leaving it a little late. You should have a whole bunch of ...

Something wicked this way comes

The new Internal Assessment (IA) should be starting soon and if students are to ultimately produce something that will help them get a good grade, care is needed! OK – the new IA is not ‘Wicked’, but it is REALLY important. And so, this blog is fully aimed at those students in the first year of the HL and SL Physics course.  It will have no meaning at all for those at the end of their course. The course changed from ...

Something wicked this way comes

The new IA needs to be addressed very soon. If you have not given this some thought, then you could be heading for problems. The Old and New.  As teachers will know, the new form of the Gp4 IA is very different to the old.  In some ways better and in others, worse.  Whatever you think of it, it is here to stay ... for a few years anyway.  One of the good things is that it is a single piece of ...

Independence Day

We are almost there – the end, the big push then those awful exams. Not awful because they are inherently a bad thing, after all they are the way that many students will show how good they are in their chosen subjects.  They are awful because they follow one after another, with no real rest.  If you were not ready for the revision process then the next 4 or 5 weeks will be a VERY hard slog! There is a sad ...

Independence Day

A deliberate attempt to use the name of the movie to generate ... intrigue I know, but the point is that the IB2 students should have been working on their individual revision for the exams for some time now, and ‘independent learning’ is what it is all about. Revision presents teachers with a number of problems. It is the time in the process when we are at our laziest – we set the students up with materials and we assess them ...

It’s tough at the top

This post is a short discussion of the problems with Physics which result in a relatively low proportion of top grades being produced.  The fear is that these problems will not go away with the new course and might even be worse! The pass-rates for all IB courses are very similar.  However, there are marked differences between the grades that are achieved.  Statistically, the three subjects which seem to be the toughest to get a ‘7’ in are HL Physics, Chemistry ...