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 ...

And so to May…

As you look to the end of your high school experience, now is the time to begin to organize your notes, roll up your sleeves and start the process of review. With a few weeks of preparation and escalating levels of application, burn out will be avoided and  lower anxiety levels will facilitate meaningful prep. To begin;  I suggest that you review the syllabus in its entirety and highlight the topics you really never got. Perhaps highlight RED. Those you 'kinda have' highlight ...

New Years Resolutions?

Welcome back and a very Happy New Year to you. I hope that you managed to get some much needed rest and relaxation but also did not take your foot foot off the accelerator too much - whether you are first or second year IB. What are your New Year's resolutions? Have you made any? I hope this post gives you some ideas for some 'Chemistry' New Year's resolutions / ideas. The idea I wan't to focus on is effective revision.  There are ...

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 ...

Festive study time – tis the season!

You can never have too many study tips. We have already given you some fantastic advice on how to engage your brain whilst studying, however, from my personal experience as an IB alumnus, I would like to share some of my own top tips to help you get ahead with your studies during the festive holidays.   Over the next few weeks, all you want to do is curl up and enjoy some family movies; but instead, you’re looking at being stuck ...

Best-selling IB Revision Guides from OSC

OSC has been producing IB Revision Guides since 2002 and we now publish more IBDP specific material than anyone else in the world. We know the importance of revision and review and want to be able to support all IBDP students with our expertise and experience. The rigorous and balanced learning values of a global curriculum are reflected in the content and structure of OSC revision guides. They offer complete coverage of the IB syllabus, emphasising active revision and review at ...