Tips to Survive the IB Program

This is the second post in my IB blog series, now that I spent more time in the program. Honestly, I can say with confidence that I will survive the first year of IB, which is better than many of my classmates are saying.

So, I’m going to share some tips to survive the IB Diploma Program with you guys today, whether you are considering taking the IB or are already in it.

10 Time Management Strategies for Student Success
Time management is crucial for success in the IB

1) Time Management

I’ve mentioned this in the last blog and I will mention it again. SUUUUUPER IMPORTANT! Some year 2’s (or grade 12’s for muggles) sorely regret not spending time in the summer to study and do the required projects, like the EE or their CAS project (if you don’t have any idea what those are, read my earlier blog, The IB Program from a Year One Student’s Perspective – Everything you have to know)

Basically, don’t spend time procrastinating or staring at those damned Tik Toks. Instead, be a nerd and use free time to review material for future tests and projects. Don’t forget, the big exam at the end of the two years of torture – ahem, enlightenment – is worth 80% of your grade, so preparing for them early will always be to your advantage. Even better, spend time thinking about your IAs and EEs before you actually do them, and your life will contain less suffering in your second year.

If you manage your time well, it’s possible to get through the IB stress free with high marks!

2) Use the Internet

Sometimes teachers suck. It’s the ugly truth, but sadly, it’s bound to happen.

However, you don’t have to suck at the subject because of a bad teacher! IB teachers on the internet are great, and there are some particular ones that deserve their recognition. Exploit the study guides, too! They usually tell you just what you need to know. Here’s a list of some of them:

Biology: Alex Lee (Website, Bioninja

Chemistry: Richard Thornley

Physics: Chris Doner

Math: Revision Village (you have to pay for full access, but it’s worth it), Khan Academy

English: There aren’t really any YouTube videos for this, since every teacher chooses different texts, but LitLearn and Sparknotes are great

Psychology: InThinking Psychology

History: Active History

Economics: EconplusDal (YouTube)

Language: Duolingo

3) Don’t Write Notes


Just don’t.

I mean, you could do a little in class and when you want to store information, but don’t rely on taking notes as your strategy for studying. I mean, how are you going to memorize 2 years worth of notes!?

Instead, I recommend Quizlet or paper ones (Blank Flash/Memory Cards with Ring – Dinosaur) and past IB exam papers as a precious study tool. Those past papers are invaluable in preparing you for exams. If you don’t do them before the exams, let’s face it, YOU’RE SCREWED.

Also, read over those study guides online slowly to let the information sink in.

4) Have a Good IB Planner and Writing Utensils

Planners are mandatory. You NEED one to be able to do your homework and remember deadlines.

Stress Relief 3D Cartoon Squishy Notebook (Plants)
5+1 Multifunctional 5-Color Ballpoint Pens and 0.7mm Mechanical Pencil

5) Enjoy it!

Even though it may seem hard, be sure to try to enjoy the program! After all, your next years in University will be all the easier!

Found this meme... 😂 : r/IBO
Try not to follow these examples…

So, that’s if for today! If you’re in the IB suffering, know that you’ll get through eventually, and that there are many things there to help you!

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