History Internal Assessment Tips: What you don’t find in the Subject Guide

The most important thing for students to do is to choose a straightforward, answerable question on a suitable topic. The Subject Avoid ‘well worn paths’.  There is little new that you could add to our understanding of Hitler, Nazi Germany, Stalin’s five-year plans or the causes of World War I. Do not waste your time with conspiracy theories.  There are lots of them floating around the internet.  If government inquiries and hundreds of books cannot discover the name of JFK’s assassin, you ...

What makes a good reflective statement?

Students are missing out on gaining an easy three marks for their English Written Assignment. Read on for advice and tips on where to focus to successfully write a good reflective statement. Hannah Tyson, OSC’s expert IB English blogger, outlines simple ideas in her blog: Read more

Three-and-a-half Tips Using Google Docs

I want to pass on a few "tips and tricks" I've read recently for using Google docs. The first comes from Jarod Bormann: How to force "make a copy" when sharing a Google doc.  Jarod wrote "Sharing a doc link and asking a group to Make a Copy inevitably would lead to mass confusion. Most would be able to follow File > Make a Copy without any problems. But there are the handful that begin making changes on my original and therefore ...

The examiner’s report – tips for the student from the chief examiner

This month saw the examiner’s report released from the May IB exams. This is a much anticipated document that your teacher’s user to aid their teaching – so even though your teachers may not directly refer to it, they will (hopefully) use it. That said, the aim of this article is to make you more aware of some of the recommendations that come from it. The report comments on (amongst other things) the questions that students had difficulty answering and how ...

Tips from IB Examiners 3 – Multiple Choice Madness

The IB loves feedback - and believe it or not loves to receive this feedback for exams. They were disappointed this year that more teachers did not provide feedback for the Paper 1 examination and as this year the IB do request that a G2 form be filled in by as many teachers as possible discussing and commenting upon the exams and specific questions or areas that need improvement.Each year the G2 form is located in the left hand column ...

Tips from IB Examiners – An Overview and the Importance of the Subject Reports

If you did not know after each examining session the IB publishes a subject report looking at the specific subject area and feedback from examiners on each of the examined parts of the syllabus. This is available on the OCC hidden away under the Subject Reports tab. It is useful if you are new to the subject to check back a few years and the patterns that exist in terms of student performance. This May 2013 subject report showed some disappointing ...

Why we need to sleep (and why, very often, teenagers can’t)

It’s obvious: we all need sleep, from teenagers to teachers. Recent studies, however, suggest that the teenage brain needs more sleep than most because it is still developing. Unfortunately, due to a number of reasons, teenagers the world over - particularly those doing the IBDP - are notoriously sleep-deprived, this can cause major problems when it comes to your IB revision. Rosanna Montalbano, an OSC IB expert, imparts her wisdom and advice. Sleep deprivation is BAD for you, not just because it leaves you ...

Exam Tips

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Apologies for my absence over the past few week. I have been busy marking November session examinations. This experience can be somewhat disheartening at times particularly when you see students making the same mistakes year after year despite our best effort to prevent them. Even more discouraging is when you come across an entire allocation where students have not answered say the normal distribution question or the vector question because they had never seen anything like it before. Or there ...

Alternative rules for writing up Chem labs

If you do follow these rules ....Don't submit your lab report for marking or assessment! If an experiment works, something has gone wrong. First draw your curves, then plot your data. To do a lab really well, have your report done well in advance. Teamwork is essential, it allows you to blame someone else. No experiment is a complete failure. At least it can serve as a negative example. Any delicate and expensive piece of glassware will break before any ...