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.
In this part of our Tutor Spotlight series, we spoke to Economics and History tutor, Joshua. Joshua scored 45 points on the IB, before going to St Hilda’s College at the University of Oxford to study Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE).
Why did you choose to do the IB?
I guess I was a generalist – I wanted to do a bit of everything! I really liked the breadth of the IB and the fact that you could do a lot more than you could with A-levels.
What did you enjoy about the IB?
I enjoyed doing lots of different subjects alongside each other. It was great to have a mix and not be doing just all sciences or humanities. I also really enjoyed the CAS side of things and the non-academic element of the IB.
What was the most challenging part of the IB?
Doing Higher Level Russian as a non-native speaker having just studied the language for one year previously!
What did you do for your CAS/TOK/EE?
I did my Extended Essay in Politics, on the Democratic Peace Problem – the puzzle that democracies don’t seem to go to war with each other, but are aggressive in the way that they deal with non-democracies. I really enjoyed this opportunity to go off and research a topic that I was interested in by myself. Plus we got to have a whole week off timetable to do this!
I title of my TOK essay was, ‘Art is a lie that brings us closer to the truth. Discuss.’ I found this really interesting and went on to look at similar questions when I studied Aesthetics as part of Philosophy at university.
The main part of CAS for me was the C. I did lots and lots of music. I played the flute, piano and saxophone, and studied the first two of these at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.