International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program — an international curriculum that prepares 16- to 19-year-old high-school students for tertiary education. The organisation’s name and logo were changed in 2007 to reflect a reorganisation. Consequently, “IB” may now refer to the organisation itself, any of the four programmes, or the diploma or certificates awarded at the end of a programme .
Achieving a perfect score in IB is hard but not impossible ! Less than 1% of IB candidates achieve an IB 45 world-wide.
in this article i share some basic concepts and principles that can be applied to achieve the IB 45 mark
7 Tips to get a Perfect 45 in the International Baccalaureate
1. Study with a routine !
An effective study strategy is a must. Develop an efficient and productive study routine because it helps eliminate confusion as a clear action plan emerges with a little thinking and planning. It also imparts a sense of direction.
Here’s a strategy you can use
- Balance your time across multiple subjects. The #1 rookie mistake students make is throwing all their time on one subject per day. Every subject needs a bit of love and attention.
- Let’s get more specific: time. Spend one hour on three to four different subjects per day, every day. For your weaker subjects, 2 hours would be required. This means around 4 hours of regular study every day if you want to do extremely well in the IB.
Have an organised timetable !
A routine schedule for study is extremely important. The benefits it reaps are extremely overwhelming !
Benefits of an organised timetable
- It ensures that you study a healthy range of subjects every day
- It ensures that you give equal attention to all subjects. make sure you do 3 x one-hour study sessions for each subject every week.
A lot of students don’t use calendars because they feel restricted.
Of course, it is hard to stick to rigid guidelines but in the end hard work is the most basic requirement .
2. Stay ahead
We are successful when we are prepared. One way to excel in the IB is to stay ahead of the class material. Hey, no one said getting an IB 45 is easy.
Staying ahead means preparing early. Don’t wait for your teacher to cover the content in class. Use holidays to begin learning new content independently. When the new semester arrives, you can use class time as clarification, revision, and consolidation. Early preparation also reduces stress during the academic term–a big plus.
3. Use the subject syllabus, aka train tracks
The IB outlines exactly what you need to know for your exams. This magical information is all contained in the corresponding subject syllabus. It’s pretty much a train track. Follow it and you’ll get to where you need to go (the Land of 45).
A word of warning: Syllabi change every couple years; make sure you use the correct one.
4. Be proactive and ask for help
Never leave problems unsolved.
Deal with problems in your understanding immediately. Knowledge is like a house of cards. You need a solid foundation (basic skills) before you can build the beautiful arches and domes at the top (advanced skills).
If you build on a weak foundation, everything you learn later in the course will not be able to hold itself up. “London bridge is falling down…”
Avoid these troubles by ensuring your complete understanding of course material when it is being taught.
- Ask your teacher.
- Consult YouTube.
- Ask a friend.
Don’t let problems fester and come back to haunt you.
5. Make IB’S Question Bank your companion .
How do I realise that I don’t understand a concept properly?
If you can teach a concept to a friend or peer, then you understand the concept.
We don’t always have a convenient friend that we can just steal and force upon them with our teachings.
QuestionBank is a collection of past IB questions collated officially by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). It is recommended that you ask your IB teachers about QuestionBank first because it is expensive.
This will maximise your exam score, GUARANTEED.
6. Work on an extra subject (bonus)
Doing well in the IB is mostly about being organised and consistent. But there are also times when the IB can be made, strategically, into a mad sprint–for your own benefit.
Doing Anticipated subjects is a great way to minimise stress and academic workload in your final diploma year, when TOK, CAS, EE and countless IAs are all due in a conveniently squished period of time.
7. Don’t be too late !!
Don’t be that guy who makes notes for two years’ worth of IB content in the month before finals. You won’t get good results.
Learning is like marinating a chicken.
For knowledge to seep into the deep crevices of your brain, you need to consistently and regularly immerse yourself in the subject content for two years — not a few weeks!