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1. DO NOT take a subject you have no interest in.
The biggest mistake I made in IB was choosing a subject I had no interest in, just because I thought I would be good. Well turns out, I was wrong. The subject turned out to be a huge burden on what was already two stressful years. I wasn’t able to understand anything and it just kept getting harder. So my first piece of advice: if you can, avoid studying something you don't like.
2. Look for resources.
As an IB student, the internet is your best friend! So here’s our favourite pointers on getting as many resources as you need:
IB reddit forum is a great place to find links to exam past papers and notes. It is also a place where you can relate to the stresses other students are going through.
Past seniors - after the two years you have a mountain of notes and exam practice papers. It would be helpful to read over their answers to see what to or what not to on your own test
Follow IB on Instagram as cringy as that may be they recently have started to launch IA help sessions which may be worth a read
Type your subject or topic on google, YouTube and sites like SlideShare and quizzlet, I have found many people posting notes and practice exam answers on there.
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3. Learn how to procrastinate to your advantage.
Ok so we all know that everyone thinks procrastination is the worst thing in the world. But what if it isn’t. The first thing I was told before I started IB is: DO NOT procrastinate. And while this is very good advice, for some people (me included) it wasn’t the most realistic goal. So my solution to this is to embrace the procrastination. I am by no means trying to promote procrastination. All I am suggesting is a change in mindset. If you find yourself procrastinating, don’t beat yourself up about it. Because no matter how much you procrastinate, in the end you’ll get it done anyway. So trust yourself to know when you need a break and when you need to work hard. Don’t unnecessarily stress out about procrastinating, and don't lose sight of the bigger picture.
4. Don’t lose sight of the big picture.
The previous point leads perfectly into this one. Always remain grounded and remember to look at things from a bigger perspective. Essentially what you need to keep in mind during IB is that the only thing you really need is to get the minimum required grades for your university course. So while it may be good to aim big and over-achieve, if you did bad in one assignment, or maybe got lower than you usually do in an exam, it’s okay. Don’t stress out just because of one low grade if you’re on track to get into your uni. It’s okay if you miss homework once, or if you didn’t get a 7 in the quiz. Because after all this is done, no one is going to ask you what grade you got in a silly math quiz. So to conclude: don’t be hard on yourself and don’t worry too much about the little things.
5. Take it slow.
IB is not a sprint it is a two year marathon. Therefore, if you ignore one task (which you will) then the others get left behind and you don’t get time to catch a break which could lead to you burning out. I can’t stress this enough please do not burn out. It may happen and when it does, it is so difficult to get out of that rut. If you find yourself in that situation, ask for help, take an extended break, switch out your routine. You will need to find ways to get better at managing your time, which in a cruel way (haha) IB pushes you to find out.
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