How to prepare for your IB exams

Are you struggling to complete your syllabus before your IB exams?

Do you find it hard to aim for a score of 45 in IB exams?

Don’t worry! We are here to help you out.

It isn’t impossible to aim for a score of 45 in IB exams and achieve it. Students who have passed their IB exams with 40+ marks often say that all you need is a preparation plan for your exams to excel.

IB exams is considered one of the toughest exams to score but when you plan, you will definitely do good. The vast syllabus makes it hard for students to focus on each subject. Thus they end up mismanaging the whole syllabus without effectively studying for the exams. While some students devote too much time make routines, schedules, and charts for study without actually following any one of them.

Everything is possible if it is properly planned from the beginning. With the exams approaching in November, students are in a panicked state to complete the syllabus, practice questions, and revise.

All can be managed if you follow a proper study routine.

Boost up your confidence as we have brought you the complete preparation plan for your IB exams.

Organize Everything

The first step to success is organizing everything. You must have heard from most of the IB graduates that the only thing which will help you score good marks in IB exams is being organized in every subject.

Make a list of chapters that are yet to be completed, chapters that require revision, and topics which are very important. You should never ignore a topic just because it seems difficult or boring. From the perspective of exams, every topic is important. Make a note of such topics that seems difficult for you to make sure you don’t miss them while revising.

Organizing your chapters accordingly will give you an idea of how to plan your study routine. You will understand which chapters or topics need more attention and practice. This will also bring to light the actual status of your syllabus completion rate. Moreover, organizing topics as per your planning will help you set clear deadlines for each topic in your study routine.

Time Management

The majority of students devote most of their time to subjects which they like and ignore topics that are either boring or difficult to pursue. But this is where everyone goes wrong in their planning. Every subject is equally important from the exam point of view.

You should plan your routine such that you give each subject its proper required time. Introspect and see yourself what are your weak areas or which subjects you need to give more time to. Then make a study routine. You can start with subjects which have their exams at the beginning and finish off with the ones that have exams at the last. Or you can also follow the opposite of this.

Your time management planning must be according to your needs. Students also have the habit of following their friend’s time table or going by the schedule as suggested by others. You should refrain yourself from doing such things as everyone has different intellectual capability, areas of interest, and capabilities. Your planning should be unique to yourself and cater exclusively to your requirements.

Make a Time-Table

After having said about the importance of being organized and time management, the next step is making a study routine for yourself. A good study time table incorporates proper time management as well as an organized chapter planning. A routine benefits you to manage your studies along with other activities of the day effectively.

Students who follow a proper everyday study routine have witnessed tremendous changes in their study pattern. Make a routine that includes studying without having to ignore other important activities of the day like having meals at right time, taking a break, football or volleyball match, and some good family time.

Go Offline 

Though technology and the internet contribute to the positive side of the learning process in students but it is not wrong to say that it is also the medium of distractions. Social media and online games disturb the concentration of students while studying. Students these days are so much addicted to smartphones that they cannot resist from checking it every other minute.

That is why you need to keep your phone as far as possible while studying. Switch off the internet data of your phone and refrain from keeping it on your study table. Concentration and focus is a vital part of the learning process. The constant notifications on your phone will eventually lure your mind and you won’t be able to give your 100% to your studies.

Constant Revision and Practice

Haven’t you heard “Practice makes a man perfect”!

Once you have completed your syllabus, do constant revision. You cannot master anything for the first time. The secret to success in IB exams is a good revision plan.

There is a difference between studying the topic and revising the topics. The difference is that when you study anything for the first time you go into its depth to understand each and every concept related to the topic. You even make comprehensive notes and devote more time to fully conceptualizing the topic. But when you are in the revising stage you don’t have to give so much time as you did for the first time. You have less time so you trust yourself that you have already conceptualized everything in and out of the particular topic and all you now need to do is study the notes and practice questions.

Another essential part of revision is solving the model questions and exam papers. Unless you solve the question bank and previous exam papers you won’t get the idea of the type of questions asked and how to answer a particular question. Students majority of the time get to know the most important questions for exams from the exam papers itself. There are always questions which are being repeated every year with little changes, these questions are sure shot scorer in exams. You can track these types of questions from analyzing and solving model papers.

Take Small Breaks

Breaks are an important part of your schedule when preparing for exams. Small breaks every 90 minutes is considered as an energy booster for students. No one can constantly sit with the same concentration level for long hours. A constant study of 2 hours is enough at a time.

Take a break every 90 minutes or 2 hours and do something that will relieve your stress. Have something to eat, listen to music, walk in your garden or lawn, or take a short nap of 10 minutes. Anything that will help you to re-energize is highly recommended.

Also, set a time for your breaks too. A 10-minute break is more than enough to relax and re-set your focus. Refrain from doing something that will add to your stress instead of relieving it.

Enjoy The Process

You cannot learn anything unless you enjoy it. Don’t take your studies as a burden on yourself. Enjoy the experience of getting to learn new things every day. Exams can be stressing but the enjoyment lies in the process itself.

It is not the first time you are facing exams. You have been handling exams perfectly for many years therefore you should trust your capability that you can come out of these exams with success as well.

Be relaxed, focused, and follow a plan – this is all that is required to excel in IB exams.

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