- May 13, 2022
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a rigorous curriculum focused on the holistic development of every individual student as they develop an inquiring, knowledgeable, principled, reflective and communicative profile. It encourages students of all ages to think critically, challenge assumptions and solve complex problems across both local and global contexts.
The program has an enviable reputation for its focus on meticulous assessment, and as an ideal preparation for entry into colleges and universities worldwide. It is known for its breadth and depth both in terms of content and skills that are heavily research focused and provide personal pathways for learning and projects.
The IBDP syllabus changes every five years based on the changing requirements of universities and the world of work, which builds the necessary skills and capacities required for future success. There are a few essential components that should be known to anyone looking to embark upon the IB journey:
The subjects (make bullets)
Language acquisition (Group 1), Studies in Language and Literature (Group 2), Individual and Societies (Group 3), Sciences (Group 4), Mathematics (Group 5) and The Arts (Group 6) are the subject groups incorporated by IB as principal domains of knowledge. Students have to pursue a total of six subjects, three at Higher Level and Standard Level respectively, and will have the opportunity to refine their science and math skills, broaden their global knowledge, and learn a foreign language.
Nature of assessment
The IBDP has a balance of internal and external assessments, which means students will receive grades for the written exams as well as their IAs, written tasks and class projects. Subjects are graded on a scale of 1-7, allowing a maximum score of 42 points apart from three bonus points awarded for the completion of the three core elements (keep reading for more information).
The IB Core
The IB core comprises three elements: The Extended Essay (EE) which is a self directed research paper of 4000 words, Theory of Knowledge (TOK)- a critical part of the programme which encourages students to investigate the nature of knowledge and question how it is acquired, and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS), an extracurricular core component that aims to encourage artistic tendencies, physical development and community engagement to further aid the evolution of each student.
The Long term benefits
This diverse pre university program prepares students for their higher studies in areas like managing time, adhering to expectations, constructing a research paper and being more confident about themselves and their abilities. They develop strong emotional, social, and academic characteristics and according to some studies have a higher chance of performing better than students from any other curricula. (You can read more about these IB Key Findings on their official website – https://www.ibo.org/research/key-findings/).
How does Courseleap support IB students?
Courseleap’s IB Tutoring offers customizable online tutorials to help students build skills strategically towards exams. The courses are personalized and are geared towards raising students’ performance by elevating the motivational levels and independent problem solving. Since teaching is mapped to individual goals and needs, this personalized model of tutorial hours works well with exceptional results and growth.
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