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Hello parents, I am Christy, a full-time tutoring teacher, graduated from Cardiff University, UK , with a degree in Linguistics (English Language and Linguistics BA (Hons)), and will take PGCE in the coming year.
I graduated from an international school, soGood at teaching English (Children and IB English), English Literature (IGCSEEnglish literatureor IB English Literature), and IB Psychology, and also a native English speaker. With six years of tutoring experience, he has a lot of experience in teaching various subjects of the IB academic system. He also provides a lot of exercises and notes to help students strive for good grades.
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Hi, I am Harold. I graduated from an international school and can speak fluent English. I got 43 points in the IB test. I am currently studying for a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Hong Kong. I hope to use my personal experience to make my students understand the importance of happy learning and its impact on grades, so I pay great attention to whether students enjoy learning. I have 5 years of tutoring experience, and I even taught in a homework tutoring class in a community center during middle school.
In terms of subjects, I am familiar with all IB subjects. There are currently 5 IB students, and I am good at tutoring IB mathematics and psychology.
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What is IBDP
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is an international high school program designed to develop knowledgeable and caring individuals with curiosity. Students are required to take a total of 6 subjects, including 3 at Higher Level (HL) and 3 at Standard Level (SL). Additionally, students must completeExtended Essay (EE),Theory of Knowledge (TOK)and CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) requirements. It is a highly competitive qualification and is widely recognized by top universities, especially the most prestigious institutions in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong.
Our IB tutors cover the following topics for the Diploma programme:
Language and Literature
Individual and Society
Chinese Language Scool
Mathematics: Analysis and Methods
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation
Spanish Language and Literature
Chinese ab initio
French ab initio
Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Spanish ab initio
The Core Element
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
Extended Essay (EE)
How to do well in the IBDP
The IBDP places high demands on time management, communication skills, independent study and research skills. In preparation for the challenging IBDP program, students should focus on improving their spoken and written English early in high school. At GETUTOR, we offer programs designed to help you develop your language skills as well as develop your skills in other areas.
Most of our students take IB remedial courses once or twice a week, supplemented by intensive courses over Christmas, Easter and the summer holidays to further improve their grades.IB Private Tutoring
Currently, IB schools in Hong Kong have opted for the external exam route in May 2021.
Many parents and students often inquire about students' IBDP subject choices. Students can consider their IBDP subject choices based on several criteria - 1) their interest in the subject, 2) the combination of IBDP subject requirements set by the university and 3) likely to maximize their IBDP grade, and finally 4) whether the subject is offered by the school .
1. Subject Interest
I am a big believer that students should choose subjects based on their personal interests. Students generally perform better if they are interested in a subject. Since the IB requires students to choose two languages, one maths, at least one personal and social studies (aka social sciences), and at least one science subject, most students will find they prefer some over others. For example, if a student prefers writing over math and studying science, a student may choose two languages, and two personal and social subjects such as History/Philosophy/Psychology/Economics, etc. If a student prefers to do more math and science, and plans to take those courses at university, then they can consider doing Math AA or Math AI HL, two sciences, eg Physics/Chemistry/Biology etc. so,
2. Meet the IBDP subject requirements stipulated by the university
Some university programs may have subject prerequisites set upon admission. This is most common at universities in the UK and Hong Kong. Universities in the US and Canada are less strict in this regard. To give some examples - top UK economics schools like Cambridge, LSE etc. will require students to complete IB Mathematics AA HL and some, preferably Economics HL (Economics is usually not a prerequisite for economics courses). UK medical schools will require applicants to complete HL Chemistry and/or HL Biology. (Some say Biology HL is desirable while others say it is a prerequisite). For engineering schools they expect students to complete AA HL in Maths and some may also require HL in Physics. It is very important for students to have some idea of the subjects they would like to study at university level,
However, asking lower sixth form students to confirm their university subject choices can be difficult. If students do not know which subjects they might take at university when they have to decide on their IBDP combination (which is very normal), we can use the 'keep open' strategy for choosing IBDP subject combinations.
"Keeping the door open" means that you try not to close any of the "potential subject" doors of the university. Start by asking yourself if you are inclined to study math, science or humanities related subjects at university. Assuming you've ruled out writing-heavy subjects at this point and want to study science or medicine, to keep your options open, take Biology and Chemistry at HL, and Maths AA HL if you can. With this combination you can choose medicine, biochemistry related subjects, mathematics, some engineering courses as well as economics. As another example, if you are not interested in math and science, and want to take more writing-oriented courses in college, such as law, business, journalism, etc., then you don't have to worry too much about subject choice. This is because these courses usually require students to have a certain level of literacy and writing skills, and the two languages you study in the IB already meet their requirements. One thing to note is that good UK law schools usually require students to study a 'balanced' range of subjects and the IBDP does a good job of taking this into account by asking students to choose from Languages, Maths, Personal and Social and Science.
3. Maximize your IBDP results
Different IBDP subjects have different score range distributions. If you look at the IBDP Statistical Bulletin, you will be surprised to see that less than 5% of students in one subject will get a 7, while more than 15% of students in another subject will get a 7, and the data has been available for the past few years It has been very stable here!
Take the May 2020 IBDP Statistical Bulletin as an example: only 4.1% and 15.2% of IBDP History HL students got 7 and 6 respectively, while 15.2% and 32% of IBDP Economics HL students got 7 and 6 respectively! Both History and Economics fall into Group 3: Individuals and Societies under the IB, so in a way, taking the IBDP Economics seems "easier" than History to get a student a higher score while keeping all other factors the same. Change. Therefore, it is important to read through the IBDP Statistical Bulletin before confirming your subject choice. You can find a link to the IBDP Statistical Bulletin here:
As well as considering the distribution of marks for each subject, it is important to consider which subjects you choose to earn Higher Level (HL) and which subjects earn Standard Level (SL). For UK universities, they usually give conditional offers requiring an overall IB score; eg 37/45 in the IB, and HL specific scores eg 666 in HL. Universities in the US and Canada generally do not have such a requirement. So if you're heading to the UK for university study, make sure you include subjects you're confident you can do well in your HL programme.
4. The school offers IBDP subjects
Most IB schools do not offer all IBDP subjects. Common subjects such as English A, Maths AA, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, History are usually offered. However, subjects such as environmental science, psychology, philosophy, geography, business management, visual arts, music, drama, film, etc. may not be offered due to staff shortages. If students want to study that particular subject, they may have to rely on online resources for self-study, or the school may provide them with some subsidies for online tuition. Even when these subjects are offered, subject teachers may teach the corresponding courses 'part-time'. The quality of teaching may vary.
I know students who have come to us for help with these "uncommon" subjects. An IBDP music student wants to do her EE in music. However, her music teacher didn't know what the IBDP Music EE should be like, so she couldn't accept it. Another case is that several students taught themselves IBDP Chinese in an IBDP school in Europe. The school does not have a Chinese A teacher, so these students have to seek external tutoring help. Therefore, it is crucial to understand which subjects your school does and does not offer before deciding on your IBDP options. If you're desperate to self-study a subject that isn't offered at your school, it's a good idea to check for external tutoring/teaching help before enrolling.
After submitting your exam answers, you may be wondering how external grading works. In fact, the exam papers will all be sent to Cardiff, UK, where they will be scanned into the IB exam platform IBIS. IB examiners mark the papers online.
Before we can start grading essays, we need to pass the assessment. Take my case as an example - I am grading IBDP Economics SL Paper 2. Each year I grade about 180 actual test papers. Before grading, we had to do some training online, and then we would be asked to grade some papers that had been graded by the chief examiner. If our grades are satisfactory, we can move on to grading the actual student papers. However, if our grading is not satisfactory, our team lead will contact us and we will have to go through the grading evaluation again until our grading is satisfactory.
The "seed file" exists to ensure that the examiners maintain a good grading standard at all times. We expect one seed paper in every ten papers. If the examiner marks the seed paper within the marking range, then the examiner may proceed to mark more. Otherwise, a warning will pop up. If the warning pops up twice in a row, the examiner’s grading account will be locked. Again, the team lead will be in touch with us to provide guidance before we proceed.
Typically, we finish scoring within a month or so.
A very important tip - remember to write neatly! Examiners reserve the right not to pass your answer if your writing is illegible!
I always get the question: should I do IB or A level? Frankly, there is no clear answer.
I think you can approach this question in three ways - 1) what programs does your school offer, 2) your interests, 3) your strengths and weaknesses
1. What courses does your school offer?
Some schools only offer IBDP or GCE A levels. So if you want to stick with your current school, you don't have many options. If your school offers a dual track program such as CLC, Headington, Sevenoaks etc in the UK, meaning it offers both the IBDP and GCE A levels, then this might be something you really need to seriously consider.
Unless you desperately want to take one course over another, I wouldn't advise a student to transfer just because of that.
2. Your interests
The IBDP requires students to take six subjects, three HL and three SL, whereas most A Level students will take three to four subjects, around five. If you have broad subject interests, from languages to the humanities to the arts, then studying the IB will certainly allow you to venture into a wider range of courses. However, if you're very interested in maths and science, and don't really like writing-heavy subjects, then A-levels may be a better fit. This is because most IBDP subjects require students to complete IAs (Internal Assessments), while most subject IAs require students to write lab reports/thesis/reviews etc. For example, students are required to write a 12-20 page Discovery Report in their Mathematics course, a Chemistry IA with a 12 page limit, or three Economics IA reviews of a maximum of 800 words each, etc. In addition, IBDP requires all students to write a 4,000-word EE (Extended Essay). For students who don't like writing (and don't talk about the joys of research itself), this can be very challenging.
Also, IBDP subjects only allow a maximum of two sciences (unless you take a seventh subject). For example, if you want to study Physics, Chemistry and Biology, then you must complete a seventh subject under the IB to do so. However, at A levels you can easily choose Physics, Chemistry, Biology in a combination without increasing the number of subjects you have to study.
3. Your strengths and weaknesses
Unlike IB Secondary students who must complete a "balanced combination of subjects", A-level students do not need to complete any specific subjects. For students who excel in maths and science but are weaker in language, taking A-levels allows them to put together a subject combination that builds on their strengths. First, these students can choose subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, etc., while choosing thesis-based English Literature, Psychology, History, Economics, etc. Secondly, while there is an option to do a research project (known as an EPQ at A levels) at A levels, it is not compulsory. This is not the case under IB. IB students must complete a 4,000-word EE (Extended Essay).
For students who are more interested in and perform better in essay-based subjects, taking the IB can work to their advantage. All language subjects such as English A, Chinese A, French A, Spanish A, etc. are essay-based. Most Group 3 courses, such as History, Psychology, Economics, Philosophy, Geography, are also dissertation based. Even group 4 experimental science subjects like physics, chemistry, biology, environmental systems require students to write IA. Students with stronger language skills than others will certainly be able to do well in the IB. Although students who are not necessarily strong in math may need to do math in the IB, by choosing Maths AI SL, IB students can do "easier math" than A-level students. Of course, such students can also take A-level, choosing English literature, history, philosophy, psychology, economics, etc. One thing to consider, however, is that top UK schools do prefer students to have a broad mix of traditional academic subjects. Take the LSE as an example; their competition law program clearly spells out this preference:
I would therefore argue that the IB provides a 'middle ground' for these students, allowing them to study mathematics "simpler" than A-level mathematics, while meeting the needs of top UK universities for a broad mix of traditional academic subjects.
Background on IB and AP
International students planning undergraduate studies in the U.S. are often confused about whether the IB (International Baccalaureate) or AP (Advanced Placement) offer the best pathway — which is harder and which is more likely to impress admissions officers.
Both AP and IB courses offer challenging courses that can earn you college credit. However, their philosophies and goals are quite different.
AP courses were developed in the United States to help high school students prepare for college by taking advanced courses without a fixed class plan. Students can take just one or even a dozen AP courses, depending on their school, schedule, and goals. In contrast, the IB was developed in Switzerland and is intended to be an internationally recognized diploma. To obtain a diploma, you must take a certain number of courses in a range of subjects. Although it is possible to take only a few IB courses without earning a diploma, the IB was developed as a fixed program. AP courses tend to focus on a specific topic, while IB courses take a more holistic approach. AP tests are designed to find out what a student knows about a particular topic, pure and simple.
4 Key Differences Between IB and AP
AP is more common than IB in the US: In the United States, more than 2.8 million students took AP exams in 2019, but only about 166,000 took the IB. AP also reports that more than 30% of US public high school students take at least 1 AP exam.
The IB and AP have different program goals: The IB puts more emphasis on writing and developing critical thinking skills - not just the exam itself. APs focus on teaching students specific content and testing their knowledge with exams. These tests are more multiple choice and place greater emphasis on meeting certain content goals.
Only IBs need to be registered with an IB school: You can take AP exams without enrolling in AP classes, but you must be enrolled in an IB school to take IB exams. If you're proficient in a language not offered at the school, or if you want to teach yourself a niche subject like art history, AP classes offer more flexibility.
The IB offers courses at Higher and Standard levels: Under the IB, to obtain a Diploma, you must take at least 3 higher level courses. AP courses are offered at a single level, but certain subjects, such as calculus and physics, have different course options.
Comparison of the advantages of IB and AP:
Students take a standard set of courses and corresponding assessments during the IB programme.
The IB Diploma is recognized by universities and colleges worldwide.
The IB's global education philosophy is ideal for international students.
Community service and a research paper (Extended Essay, commonly known as EE) are requirements of the IB program.
With its emphasis on global education, the IB may be ideal for those interested in eventually living or working abroad. For example, the IB Diploma may be more common for students applying to UK schools, as students with IB qualifications are the second largest group of applicants to UK universities after A-level students.
The IB program is not just about academics, it is about academics. It also challenges students to increase their personal growth. The IB aspires to develop well-rounded students with strong character and a global mindset, while acquiring excellent time management skills and other critical attitudes needed for academic and personal success.
The IB develops understanding of language and culture, and explores globally important ideas and issues in each subject area. However, disciplines are not taught in isolation: the IB curriculum is interdisciplinary and connects learning across courses; it is an integrative or liberal arts approach to education. There is both depth and breadth as students must study two languages: Math, Science, Personal and Social, and Arts.
A unique part of the IB is the 3 core courses required for the full Diploma: Theory of Knowledge (TOK) courses, Extended Essay (EE) research project, and the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) component.
Finally, in terms of assessment, students have multiple opportunities throughout each course to "show what they know" using a variety of communication styles and formats. IB courses are not about memorizing and guessing from a list of answers, but about actually understanding the material on a deeper level.
AP courses reinforce your choice of major and/or minor. A high score demonstrates advanced skills in a topic of interest to you.
Taught at the collegiate level and impresses admissions with a rigorous schedule.
Students' AP specialization courses, such as micro and macroeconomics, art history, computer science, human geography, psychology, and statistics, can open doors to whole new worlds of interest.
The AP agenda improves study skills and time management, both of which are essential to college success.
Since AP is entirely curricular, it may be the right choice for students who are overscheduled and unable to meet the extracurricular commitments included in the IB.
Many schools take AP scores into consideration when calculating your GPA. Getting a B in an AP class is usually better than getting an A in a regular class.
Universities and colleges may award credit for a minimum of 3 points on the AP exam.
At most colleges, students earn some kind of course credit with a score of 3 or higher on the AP Exam (test scores from 1 to 5). This credit is usually taken towards an entry-level university course in the same discipline. AP students may choose to graduate early by choosing to skip some introductory courses. Additionally, AP students often find that their schedules in college are more flexible because once they are admitted, they can jump right into deeper waters.
How does AP Capstone compare to the IB Diploma?
AP Capstone and IB Diploma are optional courses.
AP Capstone was introduced in 2014 to create a more interdisciplinary program, similar to the IB Diploma. AP Capstone is a diploma program based on 2 years of additional courses – AP Seminar and AP Research. These courses are designed to complement other AP courses that AP Capstone students may take. Rather than teaching subject-specific knowledge, AP Seminar and AP Research use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills needed for college-level work. These components are comparable to the 2-year sequence of the IB curriculum and the additional components of TOK, EE and CAS that are required to earn the full IB Diploma.
Is IB or AP the harder program?
Students say the IB is harder because you are supposed to take the IB Diploma, which requires you to complete a 4000 word extended essay and 150 hours of CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service). Internal assessments must also be passed, and you need a 4 out of 7 to pass the IB exam, and only a 3 or better on the AP class final exam.
In some high schools, the higher levels of the IB are considered more difficult than AP. Most colleges give credit for AP exams and higher-level IB exams, but not all colleges give credit for standard-level IB exams. Elite private institutions often have stricter credit requirements or offer only Advanced Placement courses, while public schools often offer generous course credits that count toward graduation or a degree.
Both AP and IB courses are considered the highest level of courses a student can take in secondary school. In recent years, the IB has become the course of choice at many post-secondary institutions due to its similarity to college-level learning and teaching methods; despite this, AP is still the main and most popular course in American schools.
In general, American universities and colleges appreciate AP and IB equally because they both show that students have the dedication and determination needed to succeed academically. Because the IB is taught more like a college or university course, some schools feel that the IB offers a more seamless transition to higher education. Also, what makes the IB Diploma stand out is the in-depth study of all types of subjects, not just those in which the student excels. However, this may be considered a disadvantage of the IB, as you have to complete courses in all six categories in the core, so you may have to take courses in subjects you don't like or are not very good at. That is, the AP Capstone course, because of its similarities to the IB Diploma,
In general, universities tend to be neutral in this regard and don't state preferences just because few students can choose a course. Students will have to accept whatever their high school offers if they want rigor.
If for some reason you are not enrolled in classes at your school, consider taking AP classes through a third-party provider such as the UC Scouts or the Johns Hopkins Youth Talent Center (which offers online AP classes). They are useful for independent study if you are motivated, have access to quality material and know how to balance it with other classes. It also makes sense to hire a tutor to help monitor your mastery of concepts and make timely progress.
How do we compare their approach to testing?
For most courses in the IB, written examinations form the main part of assessment. There are also internal assessments, laboratory, performance and oral exams. Externally assessed courses completed by students over an extended period of time under the supervision of certified teachers form part of the assessment for all IB courses and several program areas, including the TOK and EE papers. In most subjects, students also complete internal assessment tasks. These are assessed externally or graded by teachers and then reviewed by the IB.
For AP, the exam is given at the end of the year as the culmination of the year-long course. All AP exams (with a few exceptions) combine multiple-choice questions with a free-response section in essay or problem-solving format. For students who excel at standardized tests, AP may be a better program in terms of assessment.
How do we compare their scoring systems?
Because the IB is a global program, scores from these exams are more widely accepted at universities and colleges around the world. Because the IB has a wider range of scores, the highest-ranking students are the true leaders of the class, whereas each level of AP has a wider range.
AP exams are accepted by most US colleges and universities (some international universities also consider them), while most universities and colleges worldwide accept the IB.
How do these programs differ in focus?
The IB focuses on studying subjects in depth within the context of an interdisciplinary curriculum, while AP is a faster-paced course that encourages students to study as much as possible in a subject in a short period of time. If students enjoy writing and reading, the IB may be a more suitable course; students who prefer to learn material quickly and take standardized tests may find AP more appealing.
You may be attracted to the IB's focus on writing and broad education, or you may think that AP's flexibility makes it a better choice for you. Most importantly, you should consider the school's curriculum and how challenging your schedule, including extracurricular activities, is. If you can, try taking AP courses in a broad range of subjects while digging deeper into subjects you love. For example, if you are a writer and do well in English classes, be sure to take AP English Literature and AP English Language if you can. But you should also consider taking AP Statistics or AP Calculus to demonstrate that you have strong quantitative skills and versatility.
Will IB or AP give you more college credit?
While IB Advanced is usually accepted by universities, it is not always possible to take Standard-level IB courses. In contrast, AP is offered at one level. So if you take three higher-level courses and three standard-level IB courses as part of your diploma, you may end up with fewer credits than the same six AP courses. Also, many colleges have slightly different credit hours between AP and IB. For example, at Stanford, the IB and AP credit lists are essentially the same, with language and math receiving the same credits. However, more credits are awarded for IB Chemistry than for AP Chemistry. Generally, you will only receive credit if you score a 5 or higher on an IB exam or a 4 or higher on an AP exam.
Should you switch between IB and AP schools?
Universities will assess you against the background of your school. However, if you feel like you don't have many opportunities to be challenged at school, and really want to attend a different school, you can do so -- just don't feel the pressure to switch because you think IB or AP look better in one on the app. In most cases, it's more feasible to stay and make the most of it. In the end, everything depends on the performance of the students. Are they performing at the highest level in both programs? Did they successfully pass the independent exam? If so, colleges will enroll these students in large numbers, regardless of AP or IB labels.
How to choose between AP and IB?
If you stick with your school, take the program your school offers and do your best in that program. However, some students may consider choosing between two high schools that offer AP and IB separately. Consider your preferences. Do you want more freedom to accelerate your studies in the areas that interest you most? Do you want to double down on some subjects you did really well in while dialing back those that didn't work for you? If so, you may want to choose AP, which lets you pick and choose which AP classes are best for you.
If you tend to like a variety of subjects and excel in all of them, or if you are serious about progressing in many subjects, not just the ones you are best at, consider the IB. Likewise, if you want to focus on a specific topic in the two-year diploma, consider the IB. Some students find that they get more out of IB Chemistry or Physics because they study the subject more deeply in two years than they do in one year of AP courses.
You may also want to consider that while it is true that the Global IB Program offers a wide variety of programs and program choices, the reality is that economies of scale dictate these programmes. For example, a small private or international school's IB program may not have a large enough enrollment to offer a full range of programs in the social sciences or fine arts. Before you enroll at that school, take a good look at what the school does and doesn't offer.
From experience, IB students often struggle to balance extra-curricular activities and social life with the rigor of the IB Diploma programme. On the other hand, cafeteria-style AP courses are better suited for students who want to find a better balance. They can only choose those AP courses that interest them, and they think they can and want to succeed in.
So if you do have a choice between AP and IB, don't focus on which one will give you a better chance at the school of your dreams. Both will get the job done as long as you perform at the highest level. Instead, consider which course structure best suits your personality, learning style, preferences and academic curiosity. Also, don't overlook other factors, such as your extracurricular priorities, as they can be decisive in whether or not you can manage your academic load.
The short answer is yes. Whether you're an eager student eager to study a 7th passion subject, or a driven student looking to get your academic mind right with university applications, some of you will want to study 7 IB subjects. However, teachers and educators often advise against it for the following reasons:
A lot of pressure. The IB has become widely known as an academically and overall challenging program. Most students find the workload very demanding, even though they take the standard six subjects and 3 HL, 3 Standard levels. Remember that you will also need to deal with IA, extra-curricular activity requirements, theory of knowledge and extended essay.
Students who took seven IB subjects were more likely to underperform in all subjects. Having a wide range of interests is usually a good thing, but the more subjects you study, the less time and attention you have for each subject. By taking a 7th subject, you risk sacrificing good grades that would have been easy to achieve. It's better to focus and excel in a few subjects than to underperform in all of them.
Your 7th subject does not count towards your final IB Diploma. Diplomas are always calculated with 45 points. Any additional subjects you take will be given to you as separate course certificates.
Universities are not necessarily impressed with the extra subjects. They will usually consider your Diploma results (out of 45 points) and any extra-curricular activities you have undertaken. This is especially true for U.S. and Canadian universities that value creative pursuits, personal development, service work, and participation in athletics. A 7th subject might set you apart, but isn't necessarily more academic. Doing well in the IB in 6 subjects is sufficient evidence of academic strength and ability. Why not pursue some extra-curricular interests instead of a seventh subject?
If you want to challenge yourself, consider doing 4 HL and 2 SL. IBOs allow this too, and provide the benefits of an academically challenging program without greatly increasing the workload. Plus, these grades will actually count towards your diploma and might earn you some favors on your college application.
In addition, students who want to study the seven IB subjects must have the express permission of the school. The school will then inform the IBO which subjects are your Primary 6 and which are your 7th Additional Certificate courses. Remember that some schools may not even allow their students to take extra subjects, so check with your own school. It is also recommended that you tell all subject teachers that you are taking a 7th subject - if they are aware of your increased workload they may offer you extra support or leniency.
Not convinced or discouraged by the above reasons and limitations? You clearly have a strong will to commit to seven subjects, which is just what you need to manage your workload! Here are some of GETUTOR's suggestions for 7 IB students:
Be smart about your workload.
If you decide to take 7 subjects, please make sure you take 4 SL and 3 HL. There's no point taking 4 HLs since your extra subjects don't count toward the diploma - you're making your life harder. We also recommend that you choose your HL strategically. Research which subjects have a high workload and consider taking one or two at Standard Level. For example, subjects like chemistry, biology, history, music, art, etc. either require you to memorize a lot of information, do a lot of IA, or produce multiple creative pieces under high pressure. Choose your seventh theme wisely, too.
Schedule good time management.
If you are a serial procrastinator, now is the time to improve your time management! If you have seven subjects to juggle, you can't put off work. Plan your assignments and exams well in advance to ensure you aren't cramming multiple subjects during peak periods. A journal or scheduler is a great way to organize revision plans. You can also benefit from the following applications:Self ControlAllows you to limit the websites your computer can access (such as Instagram, Youtube, etc.) for a set period of time,Notabilityis a note-taking and daily agenda app that has won multiple awards for its streamlined and user-friendly interface.
be good to yourself.
Your physical and mental health is your most important priority. It is crucial to have plenty of rest and downtime between school and study. Remember to eat, sleep, exercise and socialize - students who overwork themselves at the IB risk going to university and already experience burnout. Do not do this!
If you feel too stressed to handle the workload, remember that you can always seek help from a compassionate teacher or course organizer. It is also important to prioritize and focus on your core six themes. It is okay to accept your 7th subject only to fulfill your interest or passion and not get a high grade in this subject. Likewise, your 7th subject does not count towards the Diploma.
At the end of the day, if you choose to take a 7th subject, you are doing it for you. Make sure you are sure and committed to your workload, but accept that you are going above and beyond and that your high expectations may not be met. You can also change your mind as long as you notify your school by the deadline. Learning is a lifelong pursuit, and you have enough time to learn everything you want later in life.
Generally, schools will only offer students the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) or the General Certificate of Education A-Level (GCE A-Level), leaving little room for students to choose these 16-19 year programs within current institutions. However, this option may be chosen if the student plans to transfer or move to a different country.
A-Level (or International A-Level) is a long-established and highly respected high school curriculum that originated in and is widely used in the UK. The IBDP is a similar program, known for its rigor and academic challenge. It is very popular in international schools outside the UK. Although both programs are equally recognized and beneficial for university admissions, the IBDP has a reputation for being more difficult. Below are some key differences between the IBDP and A-levels.
International Baccalaureate Organization
Six core subjects: one each of Mathematics, Science, Arts, Individuals and Societies, Language Acquisition, and Language and Literature Studies. Many schools allow double science at the expense of ATs.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the seventh compulsory course, develops students' ability to inquire and analyze their own learning.
CAS: Compulsory extracurricular activities totaling 150 hours of creativity, action and (community) service over the two years of the IBDP.
EE: Extended essay of 4000 words on a specific topic of choice, designed to mimic a college essay.
3-4 subjects, depending on the school. The standard admissions process at UK universities requires 3 subjects.
Optional AS Level, which can be counted towards the final grade, depending on whether the student is taking UK A-level or IAL*
An optional Extended Program Qualification (EPQ), similar to the IBDP's EE. It allows students to pursue projects through independent research, encouraging critical, reflective and independent study. It is highly regarded by universities.
No specific requirements for extracurricular activities
Individual subjects are graded on a scale of 1-7, with grade 7 being the highest grade.
IBDP total score of 45 points: 42 points at level 7 in all 6 subjects + total score of 3 points in TOK, CAS and EE.
A final exam is held at the end of the two years and usually covers all the material learned in the course. These are externally assessed.
Coursework is assessed internally, with one or more for each subject.
Individual subjects are graded AE with a minimum passing grade of E and a maximum of A*.
A* is 90-100%, A is 80-89%, B is 70-79%, and so on.
A grade of U stands for Undefined, which is a failing grade.
Many A-level courses are assessed entirely through examinations held at the end of the two years. AS level can be taken after one year.
No coursework component exceeds 20% in any subject.
While taking six core subjects results in a much greater workload, students have some control over the difficulty of individual subjects - students typically take three subjects at Standard level, and three subjects at Advanced level. For example, IBDP Mathematics is divided into four levels: Mathematics Studies, Mathematics SL and HL, and Further Mathematics.
Individual subjects may be slightly less in-depth than their A-level counterparts.
But considering the number of subjects and additional requirements, the workload of IBDP is much heavier than A-levels.
The IBDP is difficult because of the number of subjects that students have to juggle. Because of this, students may score poorly in subjects they normally excel at because their attention is spread too widely.
Each subject has a level of difficulty, although it varies slightly by exam board.
There is no limit to subject choices, so you can choose to broaden or specialize according to your preferences. For example, a student may choose Psychology, Physics, Drama and French. Another student can choose English Literature, History and Politics.
Fewer subjects allow students to focus on their interests and excel in each subject. It can be said that it is easier to achieve good final results in A-levels compared to IBDP.
prepare for college
The IBDP is considered a better preparation for university than A-levels.
The IBDP develops independent inquiry, rigorous research skills and allows students to experience the dissertation writing process.
It also creates more graduates with a global outlook, which may better prepare students for university admission interviews or to study in another country.
The IBDP is a daunting challenge, but if students can overcome it, they should have an easier transition to university.
American universities like their students to be generalists, so they prefer IBDP students over A-levels.
A-levels may not fully prepare students for the increased workload and stress of university.
However, it allows students to progress at a slower, more natural pace. This is desirable for many learners.
A-level students are usually less burnt out after completing the course than IBDP students. They are less likely to burn out.
UK universities are highly specialized in their courses, so they prefer A-level students over IBDP.
Personal Growth and School-Life Balance
The IBDP is very challenging academically, but it also teaches students:
good time management
How to Be an All-Round Player
their role as global citizens
awareness of their community
Every IBDP student may feel overwhelmed at some point. A high-stress environment can be helpful or motivating for some, and absolutely not for others. It depends on personal preference and learning style.
Overall, A-levels are less academically challenging than the IBDP, but allow students enough time for a social life, a part-time job or developing personal interests. In contrast, the IBDP spends little time outside of school and extracurricular activities.
A-level students are also less likely to be overburdened with their studies, which is good for their mental health.
Overall, whether a student is better suited for the IBDP or A-levels is a matter of personal preference. If students don't know what subjects to specialize in, if they want a well-rounded education, or if they have the confidence to manage their time and juggle multiple subjects, the IBDP is preferred. Students should consider A-levels if a less stressful environment would be more helpful to their studies, if they value their A's, or if they are determined to further their studies in the UK.