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Course Concept

Students can find the transition to the IB Diploma Programme challenging in the early stages due to the IB’s increased focus on independent approaches to learning. The ability to assimilate new ideas and communicate effectively with them is a key skill for students’ learning beyond high school. It is with these aspects in mind that this course is created to prepare students for attainment in the ‘core’ of the IB Diploma Programme (Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity, Service), which requires interdisciplinary skills to ‘Critically Read, Write, Research, & Reflect’. These skills are invaluable for individual subjects generally, and specifically, in the internal assessment component. Due to the emphasis on scholarship and critical thinking in the course, students will be more prepared for the intellectual rigour of the IB and will be better prepared to succeed at top universities, which focus heavily on intellectual honesty and learning as a process.

Theory of Knowledge has undergone significant changes in the IB syllabus since 2020. Ms. Chrisann Creado is the leading CourseLeap Consultant and Instructor for TOK and academic research and writing courses in various schools across India, and is fully familiar with the imminent changes.



Develop the skills necessary to take effective notes and organise ideas logically for academic writing


Prepare students for the demands of reading beyond the compulsory syllabus


Develop independent research skills and understanding of research methodology


Prepare students to read critically in order to infer and interpret


Encourage understanding and standpoints based on new information and perspectives


Develop approaches to reflection on intellectual responses


Build effective speaking and active listening skills


Develop the capacity to deliver and accept constructive criticism


Develop skills of collaboration


Develop successful presentation and public speaking skills

Course Details

Ideal for

Summer Before Grade 11


4 days

Total hours

25 hours


  • 18 hours of virtual teaching sessions

  • 7 hours of continuous assessment – daily feedback, presentations, research tasks, parents orientation, progress report

Date & Time for all Batches


7th, 14th, 21st & 28th May (Saturday)

10:00am – 2:30pm


12th, 18th, 25th June & 2nd July (Saturday & Sunday)

10:00am – 2:30pm


I think every single concept taught in this course was extremely valuable as I now know what my teacher expects of me and the resources that I now have will only make me a better writer. I felt really good when I received good constructive criticism on my paper as I now know where I should focus on the next time I write another academic paper. I have gained a lot more communication skills after conversing with the other students in this course.

Ambica Kale

Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai, ICSE, 2020

Skills like reflection and note-taking were very helpful. Mrs. Chrisann is extremely helpful and her knowledge of the course content is invaluable. The mini report was a good accomplishment, citing your own websites/books, note taking, seeing different types of reflections, all of these were great to develop my skills for the IBDP. I have gained a lot of the IB learner profile skills. Being able to reflect, think and express your thoughts in the form of text is something I have improved on. Also being able to articulate existing knowledge was a skills of great importance.

Aakrit Singhal

Podar International School, Mumbai, IGCSE Extended Math, 2020

I thought I had picked a very complicated RQ but once I had finished writing my essay I felt accomplished and proud. I’ve learned to take effective notes, think critically, research well, structure an essay effectively, document my process, reflect on it, and communicate better with my peers and teachers.

Ananya Mukerji

Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai, IGCSE, 2020

Thank you so much for teaching the course, Mrs. Chrisann from you giving real life examples to giving us detailed explanations of CAS and TOK and reflections, this course was incredibly enjoyable. Reflections were always very hard for me but now I have enough information and access to templates to better my reflective writing.

Neel Maheshwari

Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai, IGCSE, 2020

I think that understanding what everything was and learning more about how to analyse and write critically rather than telling a story was extremely useful. The course has guided me to, how to note take, difference between English writing and TOK, EE and CAS writing, evaluations sources, forming research questions, critical reading and writing and what it actually means. Mrs. Chrisann is a really good teacher and I feel like It was so easy to learn with her because she made activities fun and was very patient and understanding.

Aria Vazirani

American School Bombay, School based American Curriculum, 2020

The course introduced us to the TOK & Extended essay aspects of our IBDP courses, which was extremely useful. Plus, the course enhanced my ability to critically think, carefully read, and effectively research which will be extremely useful for me in the future.

Dhruva Sankhe

Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai, former ICSE student, 2019, now pursuing IB Diploma at the same school

This course helped me to understand what the IBDP was and how to go about it. This course was very helpful in teaching me how to take notes and become a more critical thinker. It helped me to go about writing an extended essay and how to use my skills from the MYP to the DP.

Muskaan Sethi

Ecole Mondiale School, Mumbai, former MYP student, 2019, now pursuing IB Diploma at the same school

Before taking this course, the components of the IB core were nothing more than just technical terms for me. Now, however, I feel much more confident with respect to the Core. Everything I learnt as part of the course, was extremely helpful and helped me get a better grasp on the nuances of doing research and writing a paper (I also learnt how not to write a paper!). Hopefully, by the time I have to write the extended essay, I would have stopped my ‘unintentional plagiarism’. Thank you Ms. Chrisann for your constant guidance throughout the course. I felt that your method of instruction was very engaging and enriching, and the fact that I did not drift off somewhere else during class is testament to this. I am sure that everything this course taught me will be useful in some way or another during the coming two years and more.

Aditya Sayyam

Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai, former ICSE student, 2019, now pursuing IB Diploma at Jamnabai Narsee International School

I think this course was super helpful and so was my teacher , Miss Chrisann. The new skills I have gained from attending this course are Confident speaking, good communication, learning how to research especially the importance of forming a research question.

Manya Choksey

Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai, Former ICSE student, 2018, now pursuing IB Diploma at B D Somani

I have learnt about new, helpful resources to get information and present my research (e.g.. Narrowing down our topic of interest to a research question was the most difficult but when I completed and submitted my mini essay, I felt a sense of accomplishment.

Isha Mody

Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai, Former ICSE student, 2018, now pursuing IB Diploma at the same school

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‘A Pre-IB Introduction to IB Core: Read, Research, Write & Reflect’ prepares students not just for the IB, but also for university and beyond. With these goals in mind, students develop skills in exploring unique ideas through self-directed research, a skill important both academically and vocationally.  Rather than reading purely for comprehension, students will learn to read critically and engage with ideas in the text. Alongside this, they will pursue a topic of interest within their studies, and research aspects of it leading to an understanding of the expectations of academic honesty and formal presentations.

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Pre-IB Core

It was engaging and I learned a lot about the skill needed for the core subjects for IB.

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