Revision Tips

How can I revise effectively for exams?

As many of you may know by now, classes taken as part of the IB curriculum are different to some other courses as they are cumulative (all exams happen at the end) and/or require a deeper understanding than most other curricula. This leads me to my best tip for IB.

1. Address Gaps in Understanding as Early as Possible.

This will prevent bumps down the road. Especially for HL sciences and languages, the material can span across multiple academic school years, culminating in a cumulative exam afterwards, so it is imperative that you learn, understand, and retain the information as you progress through the material.

2. Use Active Recall and Spaced Repetition

Study techniques that I regret not implementing into my own IB studies earlier are active recall and spaced repetition Here are two article that dive deeper into the application of these research-based techniques:

3. Think Long Term

You may be able to cram the material and do well on the test for that chapter, but you can’t forget that a lot of the content will not only be relevant later in the year but maybe even two years from the time you first learned it. And of course, the more concepts you are still familiar and comfortable with by the time the IA rolls around, the more freedom you’ll have in choosing your topic.

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