IB Revision Guide To Help IB Students Understand How To Revise For IB
Did you know that 90% of IB Students do not have a proper revision plan for their IB exams? Revisiting the content of 2 years without a structured plan is disastrous. It increases your stress levels. As a result, you perform poorly, not only in their IB finals but also in their Extended Essay and Internal Assessments.
In this blog, we have given you tips which will help you revise for your IB exams.
Before we dive into the blog, consider watching this video which will further elaborate on the importance of having a structure for IB revision.
Being an IB student, you must have become a pro in writing heaps of notes. While it is a great habit to write your notes, they might be of no use if they are not organised properly. It is crucial to them make accessible. Let's admit it. We all tend to do last minute revision. Just one more look for that one topic can be a life saviour. In those times, if your notes are all over the place, you will waste so much time looking for their materials and notes rather than using that valuable time to study. Technology has made it so much easier to help you organise your notes. You can maintain an IB Notes Repository on any online platform. You must already have one if you already are a subscriber of Nail IB. All your notes are safe and secured in your personalised repository! If not, be sure to check out what Nail IB can do for you to help you better prepare for your exams.
Ha! Gotcha. If only eating almonds was the solution to revision. While eating almonds may improve your retaining capabilities, they will do the least in helping you revise better. You need to understand what revision is. To revise is to reignite the neural networks which were created when you first learned about a specific concept. The more frequently you reignite these neural networks, the more active they will stay in your brain. Therefore it is essential that all your neural networks are up and sparkling before your IB exams.
A scientific study concluded that the ideal time for revising something is a day after you are done learning it. To retain it for as long as possible, your second revision should be done within a week of the first time you understood the concept. Special emphasis on the word understand. Understanding complicated concepts are way better than learning them. Learning implies that you are doing the bare minimum to retain these concepts. Understanding, on the other hand, makes sure you go to the root and decode the complexities.
Even your revision schedule should follow the same timeline. Work your calendar backwards from the time you have to take the exam. The ideal time you should begin revising a subject should be 38 days before you have to appear for it. You want to do your first revision on day 1, the second round of revision should be done on the 8th day, and the final revision should be done a day before the exam. This strategy is ideal for revising efficiently and making sure you do not forget a single thing while taking your exams.
Okay, this one is my dirty little secret which made remembering and recalling complicated theories fun. You need to associate knowledge with accessible anchors. Our brain works in weird ways. One of the ways you can tune your mind for recalling theories and formulas is by associating them with anchors that you establish while you learn them for the first time. A very simple example is chewing a pack of gum. It has been proved and tested that chewing the same favour gum while familiarising yourself with new concepts and while taking your exam helps your brain recall those concepts! The logic behind this is that you are stimulating the same environment while taking your test as you did while learning.
Here's another way of using this principle of association. Try and break down complicated concepts into simple characteristics.
Now think of a classmate with whom you can associate these characteristics. For instance, you choose your class representative, Jeff. Since Jeff holds a position of power, he is, in fact, the powerhouse! Perhaps Jeff is tall, which can help you recall that mitochondria are sausage-shaped. Maybe Jeff has many layers to him. He is not only the class representative but is also very athletic and has a keen interested in theatre. This multilayered personality of Jeff may help you remember that mitochondria have a double membrane. Now I know this may sound silly. Most of the links don't even make sense theoretically. But that's the fun! They do not have to make sense at all. All they need to do is provide your brain with a trigger which will help you recall the characteristics of mitochondria.
Using this technique helps you use the power of visualisation to learn complicated concepts. You should check out this video if you are interested in knowing about more such hacks which can help you study efficiently for your IB Exams.
I am sure this blog is not the first to tell you that you must submit your Extended Essay and Internal Assessments way before your IB exams. However, the one thing that most students tend to overlook is their CAS reflections. If you have been following the advice from Nail IB, you must have finished your CAS hours in DP 1. Now all you need to do is make sure that you are done with your reflection. Check with your DP coordinator to make sure everything is taken care of from your end so you can be free from the burden of CAS.
The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80-20 rule claims that 80% of the result is determined by 20% of your work. This principle fits beautifully in your revision plan. You need to identify the 20% of the content in every subject which might be used for 80% of the questions. But how do you determine that 20%? Ask your teachers! They always have a good clue about the essential parts. The other way to find out your 20% is by spotting a pattern in the past papers. If you have been consistent with your studying, then you must have identified a few topics which repeat themselves a bit too often. This is the 20% you should be focusing on! While revising, be sure to go over this 20% as frequently as you can.
While it is encouraged to work in study groups, you need to understand that everyone studies in their unique way. Some people choose to revise for the exams they have first, others like to start preparing for the exams they have at the end. Be true to the style you prefer and don't worry about what your study group prefers to study. Some people prefer practising all the applied subjects like Maths, Physics, etc. in the early stage of your revision. Your brain tends to remember formulas when they have been studied in a calm environment rather than when you are under pressure. Figure out if this works for you as well! However you decide to study, just be sure to apply the knowledge as much as possible. Revision does not mean just reading a text and hoping to retain it. It means to hone the ability to recall all that you have learned and understood easily. This can only be achieved when you practice what you have learned several times. Again, the best way to apply your knowledge is by practising Past Papers and self-evaluating your performance.
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