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3 tips to cracking the IBDP


Hello, if you just started IBDP and want to achieve the diploma most efficiently, here is the secret to success. When, I started my first week I was bombarded with assignments, papers, journals all to be completed in a matter of days. Frustrated, I asked myself how can I keep up with this workload for two whole years? No doubt that this course is difficult and fast-paced but done well, it can be extremely rewarding. Here are the three tips fit for all students to crack the IBDP.

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Tip # 1: Be consistent

IB is an extremely quick course. With six subjects and TOK, CAS and the extended essay finishing all tasks can be tricky. Submitting the assignments can get tricky, but by timing and prioritizing can really be the easiest but most efficient way to keep up with the pace of the studies

Yes, this sounds very naïve, as it may not always be possible to complete each task diligently and exactly on time. This however, can be solved as one can start this attitude from the first few days of the semester. Many students complete year one tardily, to find out that year two isn’t any easier. Being in constant awareness of your work and be diligent to avoid keeping a backlog.

Tip # 2: Use Your Days Well

For most deadlines and test, there is a general scheduling rule: Complete by the due date. While this rule is the most obvious choice, it isn’t efficient. To make sure you follow through on each assignment, plan your schedule well. On normal school days studying after class is tiring, thus use your weekends and holidays to your advantages to complete the most time-consuming tasks. This helps to complete you work while focusing on it with undivided attention.

Tip # 3: Keep a Goal.

Often it is taken for granted that when a student selects the IB programme they have an intricately goal they strive to achieve. While some may find this useless and disregard it, following it is a safer option. It is not necessary to plan for every detail you want to achieve in the duration of the course but to plan and pace yourself accordingly. Always keep a target score (or score range) that you WANT TO, CAN and WILL BE ABLE TO achieve. This makes the process of “Preparing” far easier as you know what outcome you prefer. Set goals for yourself to be focused and consistent, not demotivated.

Often students set goals that are out of their capability at a certain point in time. Set you goals to fit your capabilities and strengths and follow through to achieve just that. This will avoid any demotivation to occur. These tips will definitely help to crack the IB as well as all academic endeavours ahead.

About the Author

Tanisha Desai is from Poddar International School, Mumbai and is equally right and left brained. She is looking to study law and loves to paint and draw.