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