IB Tutor Interviews: Jonathan

Timothy Hoffmann

Tutor: Jonathan Ambrogi

IBDP score: 43

University: Philosophy and Politics, University of Edinburgh

Subjects: Philosophy HL, Global Politics HL, Spanish AB Initio

In our Tutor Interview series, we put the spotlight on members of our outstanding tutoring team. From IB graduates to teachers and Examiners, we share their stories and their advice about the International Baccalaureate to help you make your own IB a success.

Why did you choose to do the IB?

I was looking for new challenges in a moment of great difficulty in my life. I knew the IB would provide me with the opportunity to widen my horizons and be able to study in top-ranking institutions.

What did you enjoy about the IB? 

I enjoyed the depth and teaching style. It provided the perfect basis and work ethic for university, and until this day I use the same exam preparation I used for my IB examinations. I enjoyed the fact that the IB teaches you to be critical and always add a further layer to your analysis, which also translates into how you approach life more generally.

What was the most challenging part of the IB? 

The most challenging part was first of all to adapt to the new language of education while at the same time staying on top of the many assignments and revision.

What did you do for your CAS/TOK/EE? 

For CAS I volunteered a lot in different fields but mostly in education. I chose to write my TOK essay on how our perception reacts to cases of extreme violence and what the implications for knowledge are. My extended essay was in business and management and is focused on brand management of an important bank in Italy.