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 ...

Engage your brain…use it or lose it!

Here at OSC, we have been finding out some fascinating realities about the teenage brain; how it works, why it makes us act the way we do, and how we can better understand it. Read more for amazing facts and tips to ensure your brain is fully engaged during studying.   Together with research from Dr Frances E Jensen of Harvard Medical School and Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore of UCL, our IB Consultant, Rosanna Montalbano, has found out that: The adolescent brain has enormous ...

Top Tips for success (1)

Top tips for success - each week or so I will aim to give you some tips for your exams. So here we go, top tip #1: Organic Chemistry --> Mechanisms When drawing mechanisms we use 'curly arrows'. Ensure you get your curly arrows the correct way around. The arrow head shows where the electrons are going to. The end of the arrow shows where the electrons have come from. Common mistakes in this often have the arrow the wrong way around (especially ...