Tutor: Tatiana Noukong
IBDP score: equivalent 39
University: Politics, Sociology, Psychology, King’s College Cambridge
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 chose the IB for the incredible structure and depth it gives to your mind and your understanding of the world as a whole. Indeed, its holistic and challenging syllabus made me convinced that I would be become a more intellectually mature and all-rounded student and human being before entering college. In addition to that, the IB allowed me to cultivate thoroughly my syncretic range of interests from Philosophy, to Music and (French) Literature. Finally, due to the hard work the IB demands, I was sure I would be in a challenging class wherein students would be eager and motivated to learn and lift each other up. This was the kind of environment I wanted for myself to evolve in.
What did you enjoy about the IB?
I enjoyed how thorough, enlightening and awakening the teaching of the subjects was. It broadened my awareness and understanding of the world around me. It enabled me to connect the dots of my interests and knowledge with wit and insights. And it helped me to gain confidence both in myself and in my future undertaking because I then felt that I knew a bit more how to work hard, thrive and be resilient when facing intellectual or emotional challenges. In other words, what I enjoyed was how I felt like all the work I was doing for the IB was helping me for a life outside and after school, I loved the feeling of knowing that you do not work in vain. Finally, there was this excitement I got when I was learning and reaching a point where I felt like I understood a topic or a subject a bit more, giving me this intuition that each day I was becoming a bit more clever, or let say, a bit less blind.
What was the most challenging part of the IB?
The depth of the contents and the variety of the contents were the most challenging as it required a very well-managed organisation. Theory of Knowledge’s method and way of thinking and method was also definitely hard at the very beginning because it was new, original, introspective and reflective.
What did you do for your CAS/TOK?
For my CAS, I created and directed a musical that I performed twice at school. It was a very challenging time as I had to juggle with managing a team and help them rehearse as well as dealing with my lectures and the intensity of my courses. For my activities I did tennis and danse, and as services, I taught some subjects for free once a week to 3 students three classes below me who had a lot of difficulties with their Mathematics homework. All these activities were rewarding, mindful, helping us to become balance students and citizens. My final ToK essay looked at the old nature-nurture debate and whether the existence of one made the existence of the other obsolete. Hard, but doable, with the right method!