How to get the best mark at the IB Diploma.
Success in the IB Diploma doesn’t just fall at your feet; proving yourself in the face of the Diploma requires discipline, in-depth knowledge, and hard work.
The good news is that, on average, 75% of students pass the diploma in every round! To find out exactly what you need to do to pass, we at Good Tutors Finder took a critical look at the question.
Here are our top 5 tips for passing the IB Diploma.
1- Strategy for constant effort.
The IB Diploma is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s about building a strategy for the complete time it takes to complete the diploma, not shimmying from one work assignment to the next and hoping it all works out in the end. The work ethic and effort you put in during class should remain constant and consistent.
It is important to give yourself enough balance to the IB Diploma. You can’t study and work all the time, it will wear you out in the long run and limit your potential. Some students decide to give up their extracurricular activities or stop playing sports to fully focus on the diploma because of the pressure to perform and the workload. While it may be a good idea to cut back on some commitments, you still need an outlet to blow off steam and take a break from studying. At Good Tutors Finder, we encourage all of our students to find a hobby or other outlet to balance work and pleasure.
Organization is extremely important in order to stay on top of a heavy workload and not drown in task overload. Having a calendar with all the deadlines for submission and exams, analog or digital can already declutter the brain a bit. You can save a study plan in your cell phone, which reminds you what you need to focus on today. Prioritizing is also very important, so you don’t waste time on tasks that may not be relevant at that moment, but turn directly to the things that are crucial right now.
4- Practice and repetition
Throughout the course, one should make notes and summaries of the content covered. These should be kept in one place and a larger summary written weekly or bi-weekly, this also helps to memorize the material again. This is important so that in the final exam preparation you don’t have to dig through a whole year of material to find exam-relevant content, but can simply browse through summaries and find it. Especially in common problem subjects like Mathematics, Science, Physics or languages like German, French, English this can be very helpful for understanding. One of our tutors can also help with this.
5- Ask for help
The IB Diploma can be one of the biggest challenges in life, but this hurdle does not have to be taken alone. You should make sure that you have a strong enough social network around you that can be supportive when you need it.
It is important to keep in touch with parents, classmates and teachers and not to withdraw when things get difficult. Needing help is still considered a weakness by society, which it definitely is not, since it is not written anywhere that you have to do everything on your own and there are no extra awards for not asking for help.