Holistic Academic Development in the IBDP
- May 14, 2022
Settling Into the IBDP:
To help students gain a better understanding of what their subject choices should be and where their aptitude lies, CourseLeap has designed Pre-IB courses for multiple IBDP subjects that are held over the summer before Grade 11. Most students have never taken Economics as a subject in the ICSE, IGCSE or MYP and might be nervous or unaware of how to pursue it in the IBDP at the Higher or Standard Level. They are unaware of the exact expectations of each subject and might be trying to make a choice between, for instance, Business Management and Economics or History and Economics. It is even harder to choose between English: Language and Literature or English: Literature, or even Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches versus Applications and Interpretation. CourseLeap helps students make an informed choice in these matters based on their aptitude and skill set from the start. To help them build and maintain proficiency, we also offer various preparation courses and personalized tutorials in these subjects with our top-notch faculty.
Developing a Holistic Profile Apart from Academics in IBDP:
Are IB students more than their scores?
Well-rounded IB students engage with a variety of activities ranging from music and performance, being a member of the cricket team, to organizing educational projects for government school students. They might be tempted to create a more diverse profile by engaging in six or seven different activities that interest them – but quality is far more important than quantity! It is far more rewarding on a personal and application-based level to engage in one or two activities with depth and commitment, mastering them than to be a jack-of-all-trades. Universities are more likely to appreciate applicants who demonstrate an exceptional level of commitment towards their passion – whether it is painting or basketball – than those who sketch, swim, debate and bake donuts for five minutes each because it shows tenacity and determination in the student’s character.
As far as internships are concerned, getting an internship through contacts or compulsion to boost one’s resume is not productive, but about genuine interest and productivity, which is why some students even intern with CourseLeap and also take several courses with CourseLeap instructors. prior to the IBDP as summer courses. Internships in general are about character building and serious mentoring, while extracurriculars are about balancing fun and purpose. CAS, an integral part of the IBDP curriculum, offers so many opportunities to complete requirements as offered by the school, so students should take full advantage of those and immerse themselves in the IBDP.
Our website offers more information for students who wish to know more about the internships we offer, and we will be releasing more content on how to select extracurricular commitments shortly!