How to Survive IB

Michael Bautista, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

Prospective IB candidates, read on! May 19th marked the last IB diploma exam, and all IB students breathed a sigh of relief. It’s an internationally renowned program for a reason! No matter if they take only one course or decide to tackle the whole package of the Full IB program, these students understand the elevated level of study and dedication necessary for success in these courses. It’s a great challenge for eager minds, it may cause sleep deprivation, and it will definitely force one to really hit the books hard, but at the end of it, there is an immense sense of accomplishment—not to mention the possibility of university credit for getting 6 or 7 as a final mark!

Here are just a few small tips on surviving IB from a current Full IB student here at MAC:

  1. What qualities do you think are necessary for an IB student to have in order to be successful? Good management of time and stress. Balance your life. Marks aren’t everything.
  2. When did you start to prepare for your IB exams? What is this thing called “preparing”? Kidding! I’ve been studying for the past sixteen hours straight. Start around spring break to be efficient.
  3. What advice can you give to prospective full or partial IB candidates? I have a lot of advice. First off, know the demand of the program and know the benefits in your life. The end result will develop you into a well-rounded student that has many skill sets and can work efficiently under a lot of demand. However, if it affects your heath, stop. It’s not for you.

Try it. Explore and have fun. It’s high school!

Congrats to all partial and full IB students! You’ve worked hard these past two years, and you will definitely be prepared for success in the future!


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