Preparation is key

Proper planning really can prevent poor performance. Using this theory throughout your IB Diploma will remind you of the importance of planning and will provide you with strategies and resources to succeed. Strategies and Resources for you OSC’s IB experts have years of experience in helping IB students reach their potential. They have developed some tried, tested and improved strategies. Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance  Avoid the summer-dip – attend the best preparation course. OSC’s leading Mid IB Summer Courses provide students with the perfect ...

Prepare for your IB exams with OSC

The holidays are almost upon us, and whilst you deserve a well-earned break, the final exams are just around the corner. Now is an ideal time to get your revision started, but what about the month or so before the exams? Attend an OSC IB Revision Course and ensure you are completely prepared.   Students secure their university places by increasing their grades by an average of 1.1 per subject*. *OSC student survey       The May exams do feel like a long time away but ...

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 ...

YOuTube

Have you ever thought of making more of YouTube when reviewing / learning of a new topic? I have found myself more and more going online and posting videos for my classes to watch prior to a lesson as a way to move beyond the basics and extend the knowledge base with activities and problems. The most recent, to explain / introduce / review mitosis. pOsAbTi9tHw I have also found that if I type in the syllabus point such as "2.3.4 compare prokaryotic and ...

The Menacing Curator

Student as curator? Confidentiality agreements prevent me from describing in detail the many discussions, often intense, that have occurred over the past year in the DP Visual Arts Curriculum Review meetings. However I think I can safely say that - among many other issues, theories and ideas - the role of curatorship has been raised more than once.       The process of judging and selecting is already part of the course, most obviously towards the end when students are thinking about the studio work ...

Using the Syllabus – to Generate Notes for your Students

One grumble I often have is students refusing to take notes - or just writing those notes poorly or in a very disorganised way. One way to get around this is to simply use the syllabus and specific sections from each unit outline which gives a table like the one shown below :- The problem with this table is that in some instances the IB has filled in the definitions and examples in others it has not. I find if you ...

Book Review – From Here To Eternity

  ‘From Here To Eternity’ – written by Sean Carroll (ISBN-10: 0525951334) is a really great read and I would thoroughly recommend it. The book is quite ‘Physicsy’ (if there is a word) but deals with some interesting Chemistry ideas as well, such as….. ….. entropy and the reason why it is increasing (as opposed to decreasing) and why it seems to flow in one direction, much like time. You can read a review on the author here: http://www.ted.com/speakers/sean_carroll.html