Social life, what social life?

Focus and determination are crucial at this time, is you are to achieve the ultimate grades that match your potential!  Anything less could spell disaster. There is no doubt that this time is particularly stressful for IB Physics students.  The upcoming exams are approaching way too quickly and they are the culmination of two years of hard work.  In fact, if we consider the GCSE/IGCSE/middle years work that prepared you for the Diploma, then really, these exams are the final stage ...

Group 4 Project – Start Early to not be disappointed

  The group 4 project is a piece of work that all IB students have to do – it is so important for you to do this, that you fail the Diploma if you do not do it.  As such, your school should be making you aware of this very soon now.   For those that do not know, the project is unusual in that, the process you go through is far more important than the actual outcome.  The idea is that you ...

Gp 4 Project – Start Early to not be disappointed

  Planning of the Group 4 project is crucial if it is to be successful. This is the part of the year when we start to think about the organisation of the group 4 project.  I will be provocative and say that if you are not thinking about it now, you may not be using it to its best effect.  Let’s consider a couple of the key issues:   Timing:  Students have no choice about the G4 project – it is a condition of ...

Introducing the Internal Assessment in History

In the southern hemisphere the students are completing their IB exams; those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are beginning the preparations for the IB, often including a draft of the Internal Assessment. Students complete some form of internally assessed work in all of their subjects.  Students in Math Studies have their project; Economics students have a portfolio; Biology students have their labs (for now); and History students have the historical investigation. The Historical Investigation can be the high point of a ...

Exam Advice – the Devil is in the Details

This post is aimed at those students who are aiming high in the IB and want to do well in the exams.  Note:  that should be all of you! You may feel that the exams are a long way off, but for some students, they are just about to begin – the November session is about to hit us, and anyone taking exams at this time, should have no social life at the moment – they should be working every moment ...

Exam Advice – the Devil is in the Details

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I know it may well seem that the exams are a long way off, but actually, they could be ‘just around the corner! The November exam session is about to start and already, some of my colleagues have got extended essays to mark.  Coupled to this, the subject reports have recently been released on the Online Curriculum Centre (OCC). A quick word about the OCC before we drop into the advice we can glean from the reports.  The IB’s OCC has had a ...

To Teach or not to Teach?

The best IB student will also be a teacher! After teaching for 32 years, I strongly believe this to be true.  Obviously and IB student is a … student.  However, it is really important that time is spent sorting out the material that is presented to you.  All the courses are linear and so, when you come to revise in the second year, students must have a decent grip of the work.  And this means, you need to have sorted out ...

Preparation is everything

The academic year has started or is about to start for students.  This is the stage where the success of failure of the year begins – right now! IB1 === If you are about to start IB1, you have a few really big hurdles to overcome – and each one can lead to disaster for your course.  I know, it is difficult to really agree with this since it surely cannot be right – “I could be failing my course right now”.  But ...

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We do a lot of reflection when we pray. I’m a Catholic and my elementary education occurred at St Catherine Laboure Primary School, in the parish of Gymea. I realize now that the good Sisters of St Joseph and the reverend Father Wilkinson had a lot to do with teaching me how to reflect. At the mature age of seven years old I was prepared for the sacrament of Confession. I was taught to reflect on when, and how, I had been ...