International.Baccalaureate

im5-official:

Ahh yes, The dreaded school. When it comes around we all dread, new teachers, new schedule, some new unfamiliar faces, the MASSIVE amount of homework load, less time on tumblr. Here is another long post with a few sites and others to help you out here!

College needs:

Food

Helpful sites:

High school needs:

Mental health resources:

Misc resources:

Motivation:

Music/Sound:

School resources:

Stress relief:

Studying/school help:
English/History:

Foreign Languages:

Geography:

Math/Science:

Study Needs:

TIPS:

  1. Remember that today’s day in age is different from how it was back then. So don’t stress about school too much.High school students today have the anxiety of what a mental patient in the insane asylum had in the 50s. Here’s also a thing to show how times have changed.
  2. Prioritize. List what needs to get done first and when. Sometimes getting the bigger/harder tasks is easier than conquering the smaller/easier tasks.
  3. Set times when certain projects need to be done and stick to that deadline.
  4. Turn your phone off or give it to your parents while doing work/studying. I know that we live in the age of technology and literally everything is at the touch of our fingertips. Honestly though you can wait on what your favorite celebrity has to say or if your crush liked your instagram photo. You’ll be more involved in that than you are into your work.
  5. If you have trouble in a certain subject and there is no assigned seating, take advantage of the front. I guarantee you’ll learn more.
  6. Ask your teacher what exactly you’ll need to know. If you’re taking notes during the year, write in the margins whether or not it will be tested. It will be easier to know what you will be tested on.
  7. Save your exams. Half the time your teachers use the same questions (or questions similar) from your exams on your midterms or finals.
  8. Don’t try to do homework straight afterschool if you can’t, despite what everyone says. Give yourself an hour, and try to get some exercise in. I find it stops me getting bored of sitting down. Not to mention helps me concentrate better.
  9. Don’t just read the material, write it, draw it, recite it, quiz yourself on it! Until you have the material down.
  10. Join clubs, sports, or organizations! You’re guaranteed to find friends in there. You’ll already have common interests. Start with that and go with the flow.
  11. College kids: If you don’t have assigned seating, and you have been sitting in the same seat for 2 weeks. That is you assigned seat now. Don’t move or you’ll screw everyone up and they will hate you.
  12. Color code things, such as your notes. If you want to see how I color code my notes message me and I’ll be happy to show you
  13. Be kind to one another.

I think that about does it. So yeah:)

Hey as an incredibly bitter survivor of the IB programme, I was wondering if I could sue for premature ageing and panic attacks.
mnuergh

I’m sure if we all band together, we can create a strong case :P. Fortunately, my grey hairs have subsisded since finishing IB

-Amy 

Hey guys, while you guys are busy studying, here are some things to help you get through the day

shit-ib-students-say:

Music while you study:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcsUYu0PVxY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBsW9SxCcwg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReKlTSoFWoM

Calming Manatee

Youtube is your friend for math and chemistry help.

http://www.youtube.com/user/richthornley (this guy is amazing for chem)

just look up other subjects like “ib math youtube” and you’ll find tons of helpful videos

And don’t forget to take breaks (30 mins) every now and then (: 

Good luck

melbourneacademics:

Keep it concise. A handy reference sheet for essay writing.

Hey I'm doing my EE on Sylvia Plath's writing- poems and her book-I'm looking at what 5 prominent themes are continuously enforced but I'm freaking out! I look at her poems and I just do not understand what she is trying to say I really need some help or advice or something because I'm dying here Thanks :)
myprideandhispredjudice

First of all, do not freak out. You got this.

Secondly, just go through the poems line by line instead of concentrating on the whole thing as a whole. Rewrite the poem in your own words if you have to and highlight the important bits. If you’re still stuck, turn to google or the library if you have one near you. Look through literary analysis text books (like the kind English majors in uni use). Use google scholar. Remember google is your best friend if you know where to look.

You could also try this website: http://www.sylviaplathforum.com/analysis.html but keep in mind that you can’t really use it as a source in your EE because it is a form and not really an academic source. 

Good luck! You can do this and your EE will be awesome.

-Noor

I'm a rising junior in the IB program, and for the summer assignment, we have to come up with 3 ideas for what we could do our math IA on. I am really confused on the entire project, and was wondering if you could explain more on what it is and how you go about coming up with possible topics?
ileftyoulongbeforeyouleftme

Basically, a math IA is a project that aims to further your understanding of math as applied to the real world. You take a lesson from the syllabus and base your topic off that lesson through a research question that relates to real life.

The possible topics and how you deal with the whole project is basically based on what level of math your taking. 

Math studies: 

My teacher suggests we base our topics off the statistics part of the syllabus because these projects tend to get the highest marks.

Make sure you read the guide before starting, just so you have a clear idea of what’s expected of you.

For topics: http://ibmathsresources.com/2014/04/01/maths-studies-ia-exploration-topics/ (Keep in mind that you should tweak the idea a little bit just to make it yours and avoid plagiarism) 

Math SL and HL: 

Again, make sure to read the guide(SL) or guide(HL)

For topics: http://ibmathsresources.com/2013/09/03/maths-ia-exploration-topics/ (again make sure to tweak it a bit) 

Good luck! 

-Noor

Hi! I'm an IB student from Malaysia. We have limited bookstores selling IB textbooks, so I'm wondering, what is the trusted website for us to buy the books (especially since the syllabus change a lot for 2014)? Thanks!
Anonymous

I’ve personally bought books off Kinokuniya.com, they are very trust worthy and quite fast. I think you have a Kinokuniya branch in Malaysia. Also, amazon.com is a good place to get books, my IB coordinator is always ordering books for us off amazon. Keep in mind that amazon might take longer and shipping may be a bit expensive. 

Good luck! 

-Noor

I'm starting IB in the fall and I've been wondering if I should watch any video series to help give a bit of familiarity with the topics, I've been watching mostly history but I will start more sciences soon. Is this a good idea? If so any series you suggest?
Anonymous

I think its an awesome idea! Doing this will definitely lessen the “cultural shock” of switching from regular old high-school program to the IB program. For science videos, here is a couple of Youtube channels that have gotten me through my first year of IB: 

Chemistry: http://www.youtube.com/user/richthornley

Biology: http://www.youtube.com/user/SCScienceVid

Physics: http://www.youtube.com/user/CampbellMitch/featured (I don’t personally take Physics but my classmates recommend this)

I also recommend you start thinking about a basic idea for your extended essay.

I think you’re off to an amazing start, if you continue with this mindset throughout your IB career, you’ll sail smoothly to your diploma.

I wish you all the best! Good luck! And don’t forget, if you ever need any help with anything, the ask box is always open!

-Noor

mindofamedstudent:

Tutorial: how to make organized notes.

  1. Read the objectives of the lecture. If there aren’t any, flip through the lecture slides and make an outline. This puts into perspective what you need to be learning and what you should get out of this lecture.
  2. Skim the book to get familiar with how the information is divided compared to your outline or objectives. While doing this, you’ll figure out whether or not you need the extra details from the book. Sometimes the lecture is enough and you could keep the textbook just as a reference to things you don’t get.
  3. Write down the first objective and flip to the page in the book that has the information pertaining to that objective. Read the lecture slide then refer to the book for details.
  4. Combine your lecture notes with the textbook information. Do this by rewriting the information in your own words and try to be as concise as possible. 
  5. Keep doing this for every objective. Paste things if it helps.
  6. Make sure that you’re not just copying information. Use visual aids as much as possible. Put the information in a table, flowchart, diagram, etc.. (refer to this post to see how I make my flowcharts).
  7. When you’re done with all your objectives, go through the lecture and your notes to make sure you didn’t miss anything.

General tips on how to keep them organized:

  • Be systemic. Making objective-oriented notes is one way to do that. 
  • Use two (or more colors). Color-coding information helps me remember it + it doesn’t look that bad.
  • Section your objectives according to the topic. Then make sure that when you’re writing out the information, it’s in a sequence that’s understandable.

Disclaimer: this is the way I’ve been making my notes since I started med school. By no means am I claiming it’s perfect or that everybody should follow it.

Hope this helps and as always, happy studying :)

omgsuperladyblog:

8 Ways to Study Better:

1.) You can prevent yourself from forgetting up to 80% of the material by reviewing a lecture or study content within 24 hours.

2.) Instead of re-reading information again and again, close your eyes and recite as much as possible from memory. This can cement long-term memorization.

3.) If available, take practice tests. One study showed that students retained 50% more of the material if they testing themselves after learning something.

4.) Become more efficient when studying with flashcards by using the Leitner System. Repeat flashcards that you have difficulty with more often than those you’ve memorized.

5.) Listening to classical music while studying may activate the parts of your brain that can help you pay attention and make predictions. It can also improve your mood.

6.) Consider exercising before your next study session. It may help make your mind more alert, and give you the endurance you need to study for several hours.

7.) Instead of trying to memorize information, make connections between the material’s ideas. This may help you remember more material in less time.

8.) When you study, focus on only studying. Multitasking can handicap learning as your attention is split between each task.

CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE WHO GOT THEIR IB DIPLOMA TODAY!

Your efforts paid off! 

I hope everyone is super happy with their results!

(Dont be too hard on yourself you did awesome regardless of whether results met your expectations or not. You are a fighter and a survivor, keep your chin up, you wonderful person you.)

himesha:

Just a reminder because ap and IB scores come out in 24-48 hours:

Don’t worry or get upset about your score!!! All that matters is that you tried your best and you probably learned some things along the way!!! Stay calm, you did a lot better than you think!!✨🌸🌷🍀

Officially an IB Senior

WELL, I have made it through year one of IB. Im currently drowning in summer work but hopefully I’ll post updates soon. 

HOPE YOU ALL HAVE AN AMAZING SUMMER!

IB Revision Notes!!

http://ib-thereforeiam.tumblr.com/post/84526214276/ib-revision-notes

ib-thereforeiam:

As promised, I have shared a bunch of folders on Google docs where we can share our notes with each other :)

I’ve never done anything like this before, so let me know if there are any bugs and I’ll fix them as soon as possible. If you don’t have a Google account and would like to share your…