|August 20th||August 21st|
|The Goals of the IB||If you are interested in subject-specific personal tuition, please contact us at [email protected]|
|Extended Essay Overview|
|Maths Skills & Calculator Workshop|
|Career & University Workshop|
Understand the requirements of the IB, its structure and ethos; What makes the IB different to other courses; How to succeed in the IB
Whether you are entering the IB from the Middle Year Programme, (I)GCSEs, or another curriculum, it is always daunting to be faced with a new syllabus, new teachers and new classmates. This workshop will highlight the IB's goals and its differences from other programmes and answer any questions you may have: what type of learner does the IB try to foster? What core skillsets do you need for IB success? Are there techniques which you can put in place to help you hit the ground running?
Discuss Areas of Knowledge and Ways of Knowing; Understand how TOK is assessed; Discover links between TOK and your other academic subjects
Unique amongst educational programmes, the IB's core Theory of Knowledge course can be daunting in its unfamiliarity. Our Theory of Knowledge Examiner will guide you through the groundwork so you can begin in September with a confident understanding of TOK. TOK is an interdisciplinary, investigative subject, which makes connections between the traditional disciplines and provides students with a chance to ask questions, while not always providing the answers. The key to TOK is the exploration of 'Knowledge Issues' and it is an entry point for further study in Philosophy, Ethics, and Logic. As part of the core, it is compulsory and contributes to the possible three bonus points on offer, which can be crucial in terms of university offers.
Expert guidance on the Extended Essay; Information on the timeline of writing; Guidance on common pitfalls and success stories and benefit from peer discussion
This workshop provides an opportunity to learn to answers to some of the most common questions students have about the Extended Essay: What is the Extended Essay? Which subject shall I choose for mine? Are there certain subjects I should avoid? Joe Thomas, a vastly experienced Extended Essay examiner, will give an overview and blow-by-blow account of how best to select, plan, and execute your Extended Essay. This talk will highlight the importance of forward planning - finding the right teacher, selecting the best subject and researching your ideal topic all in good time.
It is daunting to think that your university options - and career aspirations - can be affected by the choices you make at sixteen. In this workshop, the focus will be on looking at those subjects which have the broadest appeal to universities and employers, and on which questions to ask yourself as you make your choices. Students will also be encouraged to think carefully about the importance of enjoying your subjects, as well as being provided with an overview of the university application processes for both the UK and the USA.
Selecting the correct level of Maths presents many challenges for prospective IBDP students. Before this point, students will only have had to choose between a standard or higher subset but for IB students there are three Maths options available, making the decision much more difficult. Clearly, your Mathematical aptitude comes first: are you equipped to succeed most at Maths Studies, Standard or Higher Level? Almost as importantly, students must be aware which universities and degree courses require specific IB Maths Levels. You can't hide from Maths in the IB. Not only will you be taking a core Maths module, but subjects such as Physics, Biology, Chemistry & Economics all rely heavily on basic principles such as linear and quadratic equations, mathematical regression and many other techniques which every IB student should have up their sleeve.
All IB students will have to write Literature, TOK and Extended Essays. There are certain skills and techniques which can be learnt, developed, and applied across a number of subjects that will guarantee an improvement in your essays. In this workshop, an English and History Examiner and Academic Writing Specialist will look at methods to ensure a high-quality, analysis-driven approach to writing in the IB.
What has your career got in store, and how does it link to the subjects you have chosen? Successful Oxbridge graduates will deliver quick talks about their careers in industries such as Law, Engineering, Banking, Publishing and Academia. These brief talks will allow you to gain a look into some of the careers your university aspirations may lead you towards and will tie in with an overview of university applications, focusing on writing a Personal Statement for UCAS in the UK, and College Essays and Supplements for your US Application
Although very different, preparation for one feeds into the other. We will undertake a series of reflective group and individual exercises to consider content, and by the end of the workshop each of you will have a plan and the beginnings of a draft of your own piece of writing. We will look carefully at the next steps and what you need to be doing when you return to school, as well as thinking about your university and course choices.
Pop in at any time during the day, or after the workshops finish, to discuss careers and other options one-on-one with a member of the EIB team.