Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Preparing for Term Papers and Quizzes

Throughout the two years of doing IB, school will give you many tests that will count towards your ongoing grades. We all would like to do well (and often have parents who expect us to do better still), so it means a lot to get great marks. What is the best way to prepare for these smaller tests?

Early in the IB, I think it is important to stay away from past papers. They are limited in number, and using them all up before you hit exam time is not a good idea. However, it is likely that your teachers will still use past exam questions to make your papers, hence it is important to get a good grip on the IB question style. Plus, practice makes perfect. Here is what I suggest you do:

1. Use textbook questions - these should be the first ones you use. Every textbook that I've ever seen has a series of practice questions at the end of each section or chapter. Whilst these are typically not in the IB style (nor are they as challenging), they are still an excellent way to check that you have grasped the basic concepts and actually understand what you just learnt.

2. Online Quizzes - Like textbooks, many websites will have practice questions that will offer further insight into how well you've understood the things you've learnt. They are a great way to look at new questions without using up the valuable IB papers. You need to be saving the IB papers for the last few months in the lead-up to mocks and finals.

3. IB Question Banks - Teachers will usually tell you which topics are being covered on your upcoming exams, which allows you to revise the specific content. If you've run out of questions elsewhere, purchasing the questionbank allows you to filter out past paper questions on those sections. It will also help you learn to answer according to the IB style, which will be useful as you prepare for the term papers and the actual IB papers.

The reason I say to avoid the full IB papers is so that you still have sufficient resources to practice at the end. It is very frustrating to be a few weeks away from finals and find that you've seen all the other papers before. When you are doing practice exams, you want to be able to do them under proper conditions - you won't have seen the questions on your real paper before, so doing questions you know will not give a proper indication of the areas you need to work on. However, if your finals are less than 5 months away, it is definitely time to start using past paper questions if you haven't already done so. Just don't start using them when you are still a year away from it. Good luck with you study :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Time Management

Time management is very important in the exams, as you only have a very limited time to get all of the marks. Before you start, it is a good idea to go through the questions and work out how long you have to do them. Make a note (in your head or on paper) of what time you should stop work and move onto the question.

The time allocation is usually about 1.5 minutes per mark. So, for example, if you start your exam at 11.00am, and you are doing a question worth 20 marks, you should stop that question and move onto the next one at 11.30am.

Using this method will ensure that you do not run out of time at the end of the exam.

If you do find yourself short of time, it is a good idea to ignore the small, 2-4 mark questions, and focus on finishing the 6-8 mark questions instead, as they have a heavier weighting.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Few Things to Remember......

Some things to bear in mind for your exams:

- Do not use pen on graphs, charts, etc

- Plan out your time to ensure that you answer all the questions
- Do not waste time giving elaborate answers to simple questions like "Define..."

- Ensure that your responses to "Evaluate" "Recommend" etc questions are balanced
- Do not give your opinion or judgement until the conclusion of the question
- Make sure that you substantiate and back up your judgements

- Always refer to the case study in your answers, not just McDonald's!

- Use conjunctions to illustrate what you are saying, such as "however" "on the other hand" "similarly" etc

Good luck :)

Inverted-Y Response Technique


One tool that you may find helpful for answering the longer "Evaluate" "Recommend" and other 6-8 mark questions is the inverted-Y. This ensures that you look at the advantages and disadvantages, giving a balanced explanation, then making your overall conclusion and judgement based on these.

Remember that this is just to get you thinking in the right format, and should NOT be used to write your answer in the exam - this should be done in paragraph form.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Approaching Big, Nasty Questions...

Hello all...

On all your exams, you will come across big questions worth 6-10 marks, which make up the bulk of your results. Here is one way you can approach them that tends to be quite successful:

Using this method, you will start small, then branch out, looking at each part of the question asked (there may be more or less aspects required in the question), then tie it all back together again at the end with a recommendation, evaluation, etc.