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u/ApplePiFace · 1 pointr/IBO

Personally, I really like the Cambridge University Press ones, like this one for Chemistry. I only have them for Chemistry and Physics but they're much better than the Oxford ones in my opinion. I also like it because my school use the Oxford IB Diploma Programme Textbooks to teach the course in the first place, and having a study guide with a different brand to the textbook has been really useful for me to find extra examples of questions or different ways of explaining topics that I may not have wholly understood in the main textbook.

For Geography, I use this study guide, though I don't really know if it's the best one because we got lent them by the school. I think it's pretty good, but maybe there is a better one out there.

I don't think you really need them for the other subjects - you can always buy individual study guides for the books you study for English or, if you have to buy the books themselves, try and get the 'Methuen Student Edition' because it has lots of information at the beginning of the book. For French, you could buy a vocabulary book like this or a grammar book, like this, but there's loads on the internet anyway so I wouldn't worry about it too much.

And for Maths, I don't think a study guide will be that useful, as I think the main thing is practice, practice, practice!

Oh, and maybe hold off on buying anything just yet (especially for Chemistry and Physics) - the IB really like messing around with the syllabus and it won't be that useful to have an outdated version of a study guide

u/imjustafangirl · 4 pointsr/IBO

I can say that Geography isn't very hard (at least in my experience), whether catching up or not. Looking at the Econ syllabus, I think Geography is easier.

For clarity: last year I finished Geography SL and Math Studies with 6s in both (predicted at a 7 in Studies, but... oops.) This year I'm doing my other four subjects: English A Literature HL, French B HL, Spanish B HL, and Exercise Science (I assume that's what you mean by Sports Science?) SL.

Advice #1: for Geography at least, look into buying the study guide. (e.g., but it's expensive new so look into buying used.) It's your best friend for catching up + studying ahead because it tells you what you need to know, the basics at least.

Advice #2: Focus on learning vocabulary + grammar in Spanish right now. AB Initio (if I remember correctly) is meant for those with no prior knowledge of the language, which means that joining half a year late, you're going to need to catch up on that. Not IB-specific, but this website is decent.

Advice #3: Ask your teachers to provide a list of topics covered in each subject. It shouldn't be too much to ask. Just a simple list, like for Math Studies it could look like "Unit 1 Functions, Unit 2 Trigonometry..." etc. This will tell you what you need to catch up on.

Advice #4: For Exercise Science, these quizzes (again not IB specific, but we use them nonetheless) contain similar material albeit in different unit numbers.

Advice #5: If for some reason you don't have the IB-specific textbooks for your courses (I'm not sure if English Lang & Lit has one, but if it does it's included) find a way to get them. Study them because they will be your best friends.

If you need help with anything more specific (question on topics, help, so on) for English/Spanish/Studies/Exercise Science/Geo (if you switch), feel free to message me.

u/unnamedstripper45 · 1 pointr/IBO

I'm not actually done with the course but I took a final the first year (without the option content) and managed to score well so I thought I'd put a few things I thought helped out when I was studying :)

The best way to prepare for critical analysis (B) is to have the major issues with the studies and some of the arguments concerning the topic memorized. Put all the studies on quizlet, make flashcards, and memorize that sh*t. I found the easiest way to study was to have someone hold the paper with all the details of the study (including critical evaluation points) and cross off things I missed while I explained it to them. By having some key critical points memorized you don't have to fallback on intuition when doing the critical analysis, which is difficult and hard to do during the actual exam.

Natswimmer is dead on with writing outlines. It's a mammoth task but it really is worth it in the long run. If you struggle with procrastination try setting up a study calendar with dates you will have each topic finished by. It's a good way to keep motivated and keep track of the different study methods you may be using for the course.

If you haven't already make sure to include an evaluation of the study and its methodology directly after. Most problems with studies are pretty recurrent so having a list of key flaws to look out for is a good idea (i.e. generalizational ability, methodological concerns, sample size). After the evaluation make do a synthesis paragraph to connect the study back to the main thesis. An ideal format would be something like (T Std Syn Std Syn C, maybe an extra study and synthesis where necessary). I've found it helps separate the chunks of the essay into paragraphs where the different criterion are scored.

Some resources worth looking at for studying:
- has good outlines of major studies, with evaluations needed for criterion B. The format for the studies is also really nice and gives a good structure for writing them.

-The study guide. if you don't have it, It's very much worth the price.

If you're after notes or anything specific feel free to drop a PM.

u/romster17 · 1 pointr/IBO

This is a lifesaver for french, even if you are doing ab initio!
for bio this is FANTASTIC for studying
The chem and english ones in this series are great too...I would easily attribute my 7's to these books! :)

the official textbook for bio is not worth wasting your money on...I don't think I've used it in the last year because it is so badly organized. I wouldn't worry about books being cheaper on amazon, I bought all of mine there and they are identical but saved me so much money.
Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions :)

u/amm0x · 2 pointsr/IBO

I was in the same boat, except that I didn't have any warning (the teacher was new my junior year). First, study the syllabus and make sure you know what is expected of you. Choose your own options for paper 3 if you teacher isn't clear on which she wants you to study.

A lot of IB school use J. A. S. Grenville's book. IMO, it's absolutely terrible if you're trying to be successful on the IB history HL exam. Grenville isn't very organized and takes a narrative approach when instead the focus should be on basic background knowledge followed by analysis of causes and effects, etc. If you're looking for good books, the IBO has written their own for the subject and they're quite good, like this one.

Looking at past tests will give you a good understanding of the types of questions that will be asked. Also, look up the examiner's reports (sometimes called subject reports). They are specific for each subject, level, and even different options. This will give you a good understanding of past students' mistakes and what the examiners are looking for. Also, make sure you are aware of the mark schemes used by the examiners. Often times these are generic, so you can get an understanding of how detailed you need to be in your approach.

A note about historiography: just using quotes from a historian won't get you points. You have to give multiple arguments from different historians and analyze the similarities, differences, and merits of each argument. This is only required if you want a 6 or 7 on papers 2 and 3. You can get by without it, but if you're shooting for a high score, make sure you include it.

My teacher was terrible and I learned very, very little. I didn't study enough because I didn't have enough time once I realized how little I had actually learned. Make sure you start very, very early (like right now) to cut down on the stress. Even with my small amount of relevant knowledge, I submitted a good IA (I think I got a high 6 or a 7) and managed to pass with a 4 overall. Good luck!

u/Dre_J · 3 pointsr/IBO

I know the university I'm headed to is using University Physics. I have a PDF of it, if you want it. It basically covers all the fundamental physics using calculus, so I would definitely regard it as a post-IB book.

I've heard many say that Resnick and Halliday's books are the best out there. They are perhaps a bit old, but seem to be the favorite among undergraduates.

If you want a more intuitive understanding of physics, then The Feynman Lectures are a must. He covers some material that requires knowledge of undergraduate level physics, but a lot of it I've found to still be enlightening. The intuition you'll get is invaluable.

u/tylrxr1 · 1 pointr/IBO

I agree N17 was a bitch. I'd also recommend you skip right to Tsokos'. I strongly suggest you get the latest 2016 study guide ( Of all the study guides, this one is the most up-to-date and is best catered for current exams - you can't waste time filtering or vetting your content with another textbook (only do this if you need to understand something on a conceptual level, more words/authors do help). The guide alone covers just the amount you need and not more. I learned this by looking through the contentious nuclear/quantum physics portion of the latest exam papers and realised they will not ask you anything that's not explained in that study guide. You can't find this online or in PDF format, so buy it if you must - be careful not to get the previous edition (check the cover). I attribute my 7 to this study guide and this study guide alone lol all the best to you!

u/raghavm7 · 2 pointsr/IBO

I wouldn't say it was easy by any stretch, but it shouldn't be super hard either. It is a lot of writing though in the actual exam -.-

This is a really helpful review guide for econ:

It is easy to read and summarized the most important info you need to know.

u/TheOneIBGuy · 2 pointsr/IBO

Buy a revision guide.

This is the one I bought for HL

I basically was the same as you. I got straight A's pre-IB, but when I started the Chemistry HL course, I died. I wasn't able to grasp simple concepts (it took me months and months to understand moles lmao), but with this revision guide, I was able to bring up my grade from a failing 2 to a 4. It basically saved my diploma. Make revision notes using this book, and then make them into flashcards.

I also stuck up important concepts, equations and definitions around my room. Memorising the synthetic routes map is also very important to do. Make your own, stick it up on your wall, and read aloud the routes to yourself every day. Trust me, it will stick in your brain.

Good luck, you got this

u/Fnottrobald · 1 pointr/IBO

Get your hands on a study guide. I use Oxford one and they're simply awesome. The learning outcomes are stated and then explained and you get both studies, theories, and evaluations summarized. E.g. BLOA is 17 pages in my psych textbook but only 6 pages in the study guide. I'm not saying you shouldn't use your textbook because you should read that too, the study guide is just better for (you guessed it) studying. I've been getting straight 7s all through IB1 and IB2 so far partly because of this.

Here's a link if you want to check it out

u/GeneralAsswipe · 1 pointr/IBO

My school had a full set of IB books they borrowed out and they had the Cambridge text by Richard van de Lagemaat. (Link below). I also had access to the Oxford one which I borrowed from a friend and I felt like I had more use of the information on the Cambridge on and it really helped me for the essays and presentations. I got the highest score on the presentation and essay :)

u/b0ybetterknow · 3 pointsr/IBO

Okay I just checked the prices and I realize it's not that expensive. It's just above a $100 on Amazon which is a pretty good deal (considering you buy refurbished and not new.)

u/messitheorem · 1 pointr/IBO

Is this for the 2nd section? Cuz for the 1st part there seems to be a relevant textbook:

I feel like having a textbook is easier for beginner to pick up the concepts. Reading original papers is very hard(most were very academic and assumed a high level of philosophy jargon and knowledge). If the same mode of teaching were to used in my mathematics or economics course, I don't think I can master the ideas thoroughly enough. Somehow they have the balls to do it this way with philosophy.

u/Evzzen · 1 pointr/IBO

We were using a text book by Ibrahim Wazir during our classes, but Haese was a primary source as well. Both are very good books.

EDIT: Sorry that is an outdated version we were using this one (2012 edition)

u/hamish_macdonald · 1 pointr/IBO

I used an earlier version of this book. It's really concise, and contains a stripped-down version of basically everything you need to know. For the parts you don't understand, there's always the internet. Good luck!

u/jacebace53 · 2 pointsr/IBO

I haven't personally had issues with time management, but after talking to some of my classmates that have and looking through the internet it seems that Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen is a good one as it seems to appear on multiple top lists for everyday productivity.

u/Vendetaheist · 1 pointr/IBO

The one I have is the IB Revision Guide by Paul Hoang. It's been highly recommended by my teacher too and I found it very useful.
Here is a link to the Amazon page:

u/r1243 · 1 pointr/IBO

100-140€ range over here (conversion varies)

I'd personally suggest one of these as they're a pretty solid compromise between cost and function

the one you linked looks to be permitted as well, though:

u/TelyX · 1 pointr/IBO

By the way, found sort of official course books for the IB, created by Oxford in collaboration with the IB. Here's the physics course book

So these Oxford IB course books can be considered the 'right' one.

I'm glad these exist. No doubts it'll be the right content (It's Oxford, in collaboration with IB¡) for students pursuing the best knowledge in year 11 and 12.

u/theworldstilllives · 1 pointr/IBO

My Physics HL teacher recommended buying the exam prep guide from the same guide who writes the tests. Might help as he knows what will be on the test ;)

u/david4270 · 1 pointr/IBO

Ti-Nspire CX

If you are taking more than 3 of MathHL/physics/chem/econ then it would be a great investment.

u/Crayble1 · 5 pointsr/IBO

We use a textbook: "Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diploma" by Richard van de Lagemaat. With it being your year 2, I understand that you are probably stressed out beyond belief... So, I hope this helps!

u/ozana18 · 1 pointr/IBO

As far as I know, the TI 84-Plus CE-T is the best one available for Maths HL, as n-spire calculators are banned. If you’re buying an 84 Plus, buy a new and thin one like this.

u/PotatoMushroomSoup · 1 pointr/IBO

This study guide here is the one our school hands out. It lists every single laq or saq and full descriptions of every study that can be used for it. It's the only reason I'm not failing psychology. if you want I can send you some pictures of the pages so you know what it's like

u/Selenocysteine1 · 1 pointr/IBO

> our Biology

I do Biology SL and have the Oxford IB Study Guide (2014 edition). I've found it extremely useful: all of the questions in the exams could be answered using this book. Are we talking about different books?