1. Take practice (or previous) examsPractice or previous exams are perhaps your most valuable resource for IB exam preparation when they are available. Real IB exams from the test-makers themselves are fully reflective of the format, structure, and content you will encounter on test day. As you take previous IB exams, you will notice patterns in the ways questions are worded and which material you are frequently tested on.
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2. Plan your essaysA little bit of planning can make a big difference when it comes to IB exams with an essay component. Setting aside just a few minutes to make a rough outline or a bullet-point list can allow you to write a truly stellar essay.
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3. Make your own study scheduleAt least a month before your scheduled test, you should design a personalized study schedule that you can stick to. You should spend a little time studying every day, and you should focus your efforts on your weakest areas. Take your individual needs into account when you formulate your schedule. Think about what time of day you work best during, as well as other obligations (sports, work, etc.) you may have. Most importantly, be realistic when you make your study schedule. If you know you could not commit a whole hour to IB studies each day, aim for a more feasible chunk of time. While 20 minutes a day, for instance, may not seem like much, it equates to nearly 10 hours of study time over the course of a month. Every student is different, so every student will have his or her own study habits. Do not be dismayed if your classmate dedicates five hours a week to IB exam preparation but you can only dedicate three. You might not need to devote as much time as your classmate does to do well on the IB exam. Be concerned only about your own goals and what is best for you to achieve them. Getting ready for IB exams is similar to getting ready for any other type of exam. To do well on the IB exams, you must know what to expect, plan ahead, and budget your study time. Draw on traditional study methods, but tweak them specifically for the IB exams and your personal preferences. Good luck!
Tiffany Sorensen is a professional tutor and contributing writer with Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.