TIPS FOR IB STUDENTS

TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN IB

WHY IB PROGRAMME?

Out of all the programs offered to students, IB is undoubtedly one of the most difficult. This is because students are expected not only to navigate between the requirements of their different classes but also to several internal essays (IA), an extended essay (EE), theory of knowledge (TOK), and creative, action and service (CAS) efforts. Moreover, because of the IB’s rigorous curriculum, students are often more prepared for the challenges of university and thus valued more when it comes to university admissions and further studies at university.
Furthermore, the IB program differentiates from other programs such as GCSE and the AP because It is about developing students’ skills and getting stronger in analyzing, processing data, problem-solving and critical thinking. One of the goals of IB is to help students become lifelong learners who not only excel in their personal study but also their personal development.

Here are the tips that help students navigate their path to success in the IB:

1. Focus on time management skills

The number one rule for all IB students to manage their time effectively. In addition to you school subjects, you also will be dedicating time to various extracurriculars that will further improve your chances for higher education. To be able to do so without getting overwhelmed, you must prioritize your activities, plan ahead, and use efficient study habits (e.g. testing yourself  with practice questions while reading and mastering the books).

2. Choose the subjects you enjoy.

The IB program offers a wide variety of course options, so it is essential to choose the ones that appeal to you the most. However, it is also crucial to be realistic as these courses can limit what university/college program you are applying to. Do your research on the possible careers and programs you would like to go into in the future and choose subjects that resonate with you. This will also make the learning experiencing more fulfilling and rewarding.

3. Start reviewing material before you enter the classroom.

IB can get very overwhelming if you do not plan effectively. The summer before your 11th grade is a great time to prepare by looking through the course guidelines on the official IB website. This will ensure that you are not caught off-guard by the sudden increase in workload and content complexity.
For students going into 12th grade, the summer can be essential as the course loads are heavier, and midterms and finals weigh more for university acceptances. The summer can be used to revise previously learned chapters via the free practice tests and worksheets available online or professional tutors from institutes like Hack Your Course IB Tutoring Service. However, do not push yourself too hard! Use some of that summer to also rest and recuperate before a busy year.

4. Take the class tests, assignments, and syllabuses seriously.

Often, students will overlook the material in the classes they are more confident in, which can be very detrimental to their grades as well as their confidence down the road. Make sure to take each test, project, and assignment seriously, as continuous testing is one of the best ways of retaining information. It is also essential to reflect on what you did well and what you need to improve on after every test. This will help you realize the parts that you are the weakest in (and therefore need to put more time into) and can be a great way to guide the rest of your studying.

5. Balance between work and extracurricular activities

One of the reasons why the IB is so rewarding to students is that it doesn’t only focus on the academic side of things. The Creativity, Activity, and Services (CAS) portion of the IB imbues students with essential skills like collaboration, communication, initiative, and risk-taking. Thus, you must experiment and try out new activities that you are passionate about – such as sports, music, advocacy, volunteering, arts etc. – as it can enrich you character by providing you with essential soft-skills, teach you how to prioritize, and can make your high-school experience unforgettable.

6. Take advantage of sources from the internet

A plethora of resources can help you understand topics that your teacher may not have gotten the first time in class. There are websites, blogs, and videos dedicated to the various topics covered by the IB that can simplify concepts or present them more interestingly. However, the IB curriculum changes often. To ensure that you are not learning outdated information, make sure to always look at the course guidelines or ask your teachers. The best and most effective way for getting help or ahead is using tutoring services like Hack Your Course IB Tutoring Service; however, if you do not have the means there are still ways! 

7. Familiarize yourself with exam papers and mark schemes

Often, students will overlook the material in the classes they are more confident in, which can be very detrimental to their grades as well as their confidence down the road. Make sure to take each test, project, and assignment seriously, as continuous testing is one of the best ways of retaining information. It is also essential to reflect on what you did well and what you need to improve after every test. This will help you realize the parts that you are the weakest in (and therefore need to put more time into) and can be a great way to guide the rest of your studying.

Many students wrongly put too much emphasis on reviewing material by reading the textbook over and over. However, active recall is one of the best ways to ensure understanding and retention. Active recall is the act of learning by constantly testing yourself, for which you have to recall answers without looking at the solutions actively. Practice papers are one of the best ways of achieving this and can be found online for every unit. Besides reviewing the material, it also helps you familiarize yourself with the format and plan how to format your answers. We also recommend that in the last few weeks and months leading up to the IB final exams, you should try to simulate the test conditions by giving yourself the exact amount of hours given to you on the actual test day, having had no access to notes. This will help you manage your time on the actual exam and help calm any nerves.

Many past papers will also come with mark schemes, which show “ideal answers” with various keywords that you must use in your answers. These can be incredibly valuable in showing you how to format future answers and knowing which points are the ones examiners are looking out for.

We do not recommend you delve into exam papers without learning the material. Memorizing exam papers won’t help.

Hack Your Course Is The premier IB institute In Greater Vancouver and Toronto with specially trained IB tutors. Tutors at Hack Your Course (HYC) who teach IB courses are either first-rate former IB students who are currently exemplary university students or have a Master’s or a Doctoral degree in the subject being taught. That is just the first part of the story; moreover,  They all possess the requisite educational materials and closely follow the curriculum and goals specified by IB and use the material provided and mandated by Hack Your Course IB Tutoring Service. They also prepare the students for all parts of the final examination in each subject by a thorough review of the subject matter and by employing previous examinations as practice exercises provide by Hack Your Course.An IB diploma final examination (both SL and HL) contains three parts (Part 1 consists of multiple-choice questions, Part 2 involves short answers, and Part 3 assesses the in-depth understanding of students in an optional topic in the subject chosen by them). HYC tutors give the manner of successfully coping with the material in all three parts equal emphasis. The success of the HYC method of tutoring IB students is manifested by how well these individuals adapt to and perform during their subsequent university studies.

Our unique and one of a kind online tutoring platform with all the hardware and software provided for our tutors makes the quality of the tutoring you receive unsurpassed. Our rigorous quality control system helps us to follow our tutor’s work even closer in the online setting.

8. Be proactive and reach out for support.

If you are having trouble understanding something, do not ignore it and move onto the next topic. Try to understand it immediately! IB is structured in such a way that new concepts build on old foundations. If you do not understand something and ignore it, you won’t understand newer concepts either, leaving a gaping hole in your knowledge.
Be proactive and ask your teacher, brainstorm with your friends, consult YouTube, etc. If you are having a lot of trouble with a subject, look at other options such as getting a tutor, reducing the subject’s level (e.g. from HL to SL), or changing the subject. If you have the means, the best option is to use the services of tutoring companies like Hack Your Course, which have IB expertise.

9. Don’t get burnt out.

Burnout by the end of 12th grade can undo a lot of work that you have put in in the last one and a half years. IB can be very overwhelming if you choose to focus on academics solely. Make sure to hang out with family and friends, engage in activities that you love, and take time to take care of yourself. A better mental state can go a long way in increasing your self-confidence and performance, even if that means sacrificing a bit of study time. You are still in high school. Make sure to make them memorable!

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How Can HYC Help IB Students?

Hack Your Course IB Tutoring Service Is The Premier IB Institute of Greater Vancouver and Toronto with specially trained IB tutors. Tutors at Hack Your Course (HYC) who teach IB courses are either first-rate former IB students who are currently exemplary university students or have a Master’s or a Doctoral degree in the subject being taught. That is just the first part of the story; moreover,  They all possess the requisite educational materials and closely follow the curriculum and goals specified by IB and use the material provided and mandated by Hack Your Course IB Tutoring Service. They also prepare the students for all parts of the final examination in each subject by a thorough review of the subject matter and by employing previous examinations as practice exercises provide by Hack Your Course.

An IB diploma final examination (both SL and HL) contains three parts (Part 1 consists of multiple-choice questions, Part 2 involves short answers, and Part 3 assesses the in-depth understanding of students in an optional topic in the subject chosen by them). HYC tutors give the manner of successfully coping with the material in all three parts equal emphasis. The success of the HYC method of tutoring IB students is manifested by how well these individuals adapt to and perform during their subsequent university studies.

Our unique and one of a kind online tutoring platform with all the hardware and software provided for our tutors makes the quality of the tutoring you receive unsurpassed. Our rigorous quality control system helps us to follow our tutor’s work even closer in the online setting.

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Phone: (437) 998-2533
Email: info@ibtutoring.ca

WHERE TO FIND US

HACK YOUR COURSE AP AND IB TUTORING SERVICE
#230, 2030 Marine Drive
North Vancouver, BC,
V7P 1V7, Canada
Phone: (604) 971-2533, (437) 998-2533
Email: info@hackyourcourse.com

HACK YOUR COURSE AP AND IB TUTORING SERVICE
99 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 1C1
Phone: (437) 998-2533
Email: info@ibtutoring.ca