Other IB tuition agencies offer students packages of hours. Often, these come with titles like “Exam Starter Pack” or “Complete Subject Support”. While we understand the economies of savings these offer students and families, we have a strong belief at EIB that every student is different, needs to find the tutor that works for them, and needs the support and guidance to explore the IB at a pace and in a way which matches their learning style. We do not believe all students can be tutored for an exam in the same 10 hour block and think it irresponsible to suggest standardised learning like this will work for every student. Instead, we ask families to work with EIB and their tutors to make sure the support they’re receiving offers the best progress and approach for their circumstance.
We find students who are struggling to enjoy or engage with an IB subject benefit particularly from Standard Tier tutors, whose youth and enthusiasm for their subjects can help enthuse students and motivate them to devote more time and effort to the subject.
Many of our Higher Tier tutors are IB teachers and IBO Examiners, which make them ideal for students who are looking to extend the classroom environment to their home, and learn with the structure and authority teachers provide.
As this is a new course for 2021, is it vitally important you understand both the differences between A&A and A&I and of course the changes from the old syllabi. Whilst it is certainly possible to draw upon past papers prior to the new syllabi - be sure to handle with care.
Analysis & Approaches is all about 'Pure' maths. This is a new IB syllabus, focused on core mathematical principles - algebra, functions, trigonometry and calculus, all the pillars that make Maths, well, Maths! This is the Maths strand more suited to students interested in pursuing a path in STEM, ie the sciences, engineering and much more.
Maths A&A is one of two new branches of Maths in the IB, with first examinations in 2021, replacing the old Maths HL, Standard & Studies. Maths A&A is more naturally similar to the old Maths systems, and it is a relatively fair appraisal to suggest Maths A&A HL is simliar to the 'old' HL, whilst Maths A&A SL is quite similar to the old Maths Standard SL. There is some new, very interesting material, but with less of a focus on applied Maths (statistics, probability), so only pursue this option if you like understanding Maths from first principles, and not someone who would rather be using their calculator and spreadsheets to solve problems.
Maths A&A is a natural pathway to STEM subjects - students keen to study Physics, Chemistry, Engineering and other subjects at university. The skills you develop through this course are naturally broad, though perhaps more theoretical than the equivalen A&I course. Many universities do have a preference for A&A over A&I, particularly at HL for prestigious institutions.