We all understand that IB is not easy. With six subjects, innumerable activities and hours in CAS and seemingly endless IAs along with the exams, we know students need shortcuts! In this blog, we have put together some of the Team Tutela’s best IB hacks to tackle the load!
Maintaining a record of CAS reflections
Students should audio/video record their CAS reflections instead of writing them out! Students should not waste time in crafting a perfect essay because sufficient proof will be required to establish the fact that they have done the activities they have mentioned anyway. Students can massively cut down the amount of time they take up by simply recording these reflections. Also, being able to do them on-the-go is makes it a win-win.
We have witnessed too many IB students get terrible grades on their IAs despite having a good content. Their major mistake was overlooking the fact that IB is very particular about how it wants an IA to look like. Example: Solving Fermat’s Last Theorem in Math IA is good, but it is equally important to show personal engagement or to reflect on why this proof was interesting.
Drafts are important
Making a draft as complete as possible is very crucial to have the best chance at success. Half-baked essays are not fruitful. Teacher can only mark and assist what they read! The major benefit of having a COMPLETE and GOOD draft is the advice students can get from their teacher which has the potential to push the grade 4 to essay to 7.
KNOW your calculator
The calculator should be the biggest friend of a Math and science student. We have seen countless students who are more scared by their calculator than they are friendly with it. Understanding and exploring the full extent of the capabilities of the calculator can save a ton of time! This way, saving time on question after question will ensure that students have more time to tackle those difficult questions at the ends, guaranteeing that they will do better. Students should start familiarizing with their calculators right away!
Making revision a HABIT
Students have so much time do their revision that they are missing out on everyday! Instead of plugging the unproductive habit of listening to same song again and again or napping or daydreaming, they should do something small and IB-based. Listen to a podcast, skim through some flash cards made out of notes, or check out some IB videos. This will make the dead time in the schedule productive and it will add up to put the student in a great position to smash the exams.
Using the reading time wisely
Students might not know it right now, but in some of the final exams students are given five minutes reading time. So, instead of twiddling the thumbs, taking nervous sips of water, students should plan their line of attack. This tip might seem to be small, but if used effectively- it might make all the difference. Students should relax and work out how they will go through the paper.
Leave NOTHING blank
If we talk about the math’s marking scheme, students just do not pick up points for getting the right answer-many points are given for method and attempts at reaching the correct answer too. Thinking that having no idea how to approach a question can not help in picking points is a mistake. By just an attempt at substitution into the appropriate formula even if student has no idea what to do next can help her/him pick up EASY points. Students can start doing this for all the questions that they do not know how to approach. The few points grabbed by this method can be a huge difference between passing and failing.
Try and remember these simple and easy hacks while you head through the diploma-we are sure they will make your life easier.
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