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Over the past few years I have written blogs for IB students on a wide range of mathematics-related topics. Some of these blogs have covered specific areas of syllabus content where I know students can have difficulties. With many of you either at the start of your diploma course, of halfway through, this seems like a good moment to help you find them. Quadratic factorisation can cause some head-scratching, although if you are following the new Applications and Interpretation course you ...

How to revise for your Maths exam…

Last month I made some suggestions for a revision plan. Now, having decided you're going to spend a 3 hour session revising Maths, how should you set about it? Since the only thing you will be asked to do in the exam is answer Maths questions, then surely the best way to revise is ... do lots of past paper questions! And you need to have the answers, or the mark scheme, to hand. But it's what you learn from answering ...

Supporting Your Students with Revision

At the time of writing, it is only February. I’m still making my way through the course but I am already beginning to think ahead to the end of the course and revision activities for my students. One activity I recently carried out in a teacher workshop involved getting the teachers to familiarise themselves with the syllabus and their perceived strengths and weaknesses. If you like, they carried out an audit of the course. However, in order to carry this out ...

Taking your IB Diploma? Here’s a revision plan…

I don't want to be too prescriptive about how you should revise – everyone's different, everyone remembers stuff in different ways – but you should definitely prepare a revision plan. If you don't, then it will be a matter of luck whether or not you'll be ready in time for the exams. Most of you will have at least some holiday time before the exams, and it's imperative you make the most of it – you're on your own, and it's ...

Engage your brain…use it or lose it!

Rosanna Montalbano, OSC’s IB expert, has been finding out some fascinating realities about the adolescent brain. Below she has summarised her findings, giving you four interesting facts and six tips to ensure your brain is engaged during studying. The adolescent brain has enormous amounts of grey matter in the pre-frontal cortex, the area just behind your forehead.  What this means is that the teenage years are an ideal time for learning. You will never have this much grey matter again! ...

Magical Revision Tips. Part 4.

Revision can be something IB students do very well and in advance OR can be left until the very last minute. Tim Williams, an IB expert and teacher for OSC, has written a four part series on what you can still do to prepare for the exams. Magical Revision Tip 4: 'How the heck do I remember it all?' You don't. Don't even try. Remember the first step? You don’t need to remember everything, but here are some excellent ways to remember what ...

Magical Revision Tips. Part 3.

Revision can be something IB students do very well and in advance OR can be left until the very last minute. Tim Williams, an IB expert and teacher for OSC, has written a four part series on what you can still do to prepare for the exams. Magical Revision Tip 3: 'Now I know what, I know when - so how do I do revision?' For you, less will have to be more. Believe me - the worst thing you can do is ...

Magical Revision Tips. Part 2.

Revision can be something IB students do very well and in advance OR can be left until the very last minute. Tim Williams, an IB expert and teacher for OSC, has written a four part series on what you can still do to prepare for the exams. Magical Revision Tip 2. 'Okay - now I know how much there is to do, how do I start doing it...?' Feeling a bit overwhelmed by how much there is to do? There’s a way to ...

Magical Revision Tips. Part 1.

Revision can be something IB students do very well and in advance OR can be left until the very last minute. Tim Williams, an IB expert and teacher for OSC, has written a four part series on what you can still do to prepare for the exams. Magical Revision Tip 1: Two weeks to go and I haven't started revising. Tell me there is magic. Maybe there is ... You know you should have, but you didn't. Here is what you can still usefully ...