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, be very careful in terms of practice and referring to the syllabus to ensure that you are coveing the required material. This is particularly the case for the guidance and clarification section of the syllabus, which will lay out the kind of skills expected. The specimen paper will give an example of how a full exam will look like, but draw on old papers from HL, SL, ST, and the options, for relevant questions and textbooks for possible questions on the new material for practice.
Applications & Interpretations is designed for applying mathematical models and for describing the real world. The syllabus is focussed on techniques that are more geared towards analysing data and engineering problems that would be tackled using technology, with a focus on techniques and topics with applications in other subjects such as life and social sciences.
Maths A&I is one of the two new branches of maths in the IB, with first examinations in 2021. These supercede the HL/SL/Studies model. While Maths A&I at Standard Level is based mainly on the older maths Studies course, it also draws in aspects of the SL course and the old HL statistics option. The Higher Level course includes further material from the old statistics option, as well as the sets and matrices and discrete mathematics options. Finally totally new material has also been added to the course, and the examinations will be particularly geared towards problem-solving. With Maths AI now includes many advanced concepts, it is no longer the "you're no good at maths" choice!
Maths A&I was designed to give a good grounding in statistics and applications to complex problems that are made tractable with technology. The statistics lend themselves particularly to data analysis in the social sciences such as Economics, as well as in the life and human sciences. The complex problems with sets, matrices, and graph theory support engineering and computer science. However, as this course is new, make sure to check on your desired university's website as to which course of maths they will accept, and they may still have the mindset of A&A = old maths HL/SL and A&I = Maths Studies.