Tips to Prepare for IB Board Exams
1. Preparation is key, but the key to preparation is planning
Learning in an IB program is not hard, but preparation for the exams requires effort that goes beyond the regular academic routine. Students need to be prepared mentally and emotionally to take on the task, all while keeping in mind their capabilities, strengths, and limitations. Creating a firm roadmap of a studying routine, which entails balancing subjects and daily objectives, is a good start to the preparation process. While the preparation for each subject becomes relatively simple considering the ease and method of learning appropriated by IB curriculums, a roadmap can help students tackle learning goals in a timely manner. Furthermore, a well-planned study schedule can help students prepare without undue stress and fatigue. Ensuring the daily completion of a healthy range of subjects within a suitable study session can help set a path for success.
2. Stay true to your study plan and follow your syllabus
Planning and preparation are just the beginning of what is to come in the implementation cycle; students need to ensure that they put in the required effort and receive an appropriate amount of rest to do their best. An edge that IB students get from the IB program is that the curriculum already prepares them for their exams. The syllabus along with the curriculum forms a viable path for preparation. Students merely need to revise their study material as delivered in-class sessions and project-based assignments.
3. Revisions and practice sessions are a must
Recalling information quickly and effectively is important during the IB board examinations. Every moment spent trying to recall information during the exam, can take away precious time that a student has in completing a paper. A viable solution here is to remain calm, absorb and retain information through ample reviews and practices. IB curriculums offer students mock tests and question banks to facilitate this process. Students should try answering these mock exams while maintaining the time limit, to become more familiar with the subject material, recall information faster and get familiar with the exam routine.
4. Keep a positive frame of mind
Exams may seem terrifying, but a good amount of self-belief and positivity can help students prepare, easing any undue stress and anxiety. The right frame of mind is important while studying; students should try not to look at exams and studying as a challenge, but rather an opportunity to do better and learn more. The stress to achieve high grades should be replaced with a view of delving deeper into subjects and the potential of their application. IB schools empower students to attain this mindset early on and it is an ongoing evolving process that needs to be practiced diligently by the students. Students need to learn to appreciate the novel and engaging learning experience, helping them understand, relate and contribute to the world in newer ways.
5. You’re not alone; don’t be afraid to look for help
Self-study does not mean that students cannot ask for help. Students need to be proactive in reaching out to friends, parents, and teachers; this also includes online research as required. It’s better to clarify doubts rather than enable a weaker understanding of the subject material. Additionally, teachers in IB schools are heavily invested in student learning and can be a great guide and facilitator, both during the term and exam durations. Do not be afraid to ask teachers for help, as they’re often in the best position to provide it.
Overall, the IB board exams don’t need to be a stressful experience. IB students don’t need to look much further than the preparation provided by the curriculum to tackle their board exams. If they reaffirm belief in themselves and actively engage in their study material, they can ensure a successful outcome. However, the path of preparation requires effort, even more so when striving for perfection. It requires dedication, persistence, and resilience. These are qualities that will also help empower students to overcome challenges in life and to that, IB is a great start in inculcating these attributes early on.(Original image source and credit from Careers360.)