Do you watch the sunrise, or the sunset, and think to yourself “I’ve see this several times before, but today this sunset is really beautiful”? How about listening to that song again, for the 1000th time now, yet this time you really absorb yourself in it. You discovered notes and variations, and perhaps new beats that were never there before. At least, from your perception of things. Or how about simply stopping any activity, looking up at the sky, and really appreciating that everything is alright?
The IB Diploma is one of the more demanding and academically rigorous secondary education systems in the world. Contrary to what most would like you to believe, the IB is not hard, at least it doesn’t have to be. There is, depending on your choice of subjects, a substantial workload. This workload is comprised of easily understood material. The complexities of the syllabi are not the issue here, the student’s choice of subjects is. And this is the issue with the IB Diploma, the student’s over, or underestimation of workload per subject. Depending on your choice of 6 subjects, you may either find the course extremely depressing and overwhelming, or enjoyable and challengingly rewarding. Regardless of your choice of subjects, in the following article, you will be presented with several key strategies and recommendations from various IB students who have now completed the course. These individuals range from recovered failures, good-from-the-start model students, and plenty of others who despite their failures, surpassed their own limits.
There’s really something about rising early. Early bird or not, there’s no denying the sheer beauty of the rising sun. Not only that, but watching it rise with the windows wide open. Letting in a cool, pleasantly invigorating and oxygenating breeze. It doesn’t, and really shouldn’t just stop there. You are being actively rewarded for your efforts. You start playing your favorite song. The melody seems to fit with the whole atmosphere. And to that, you start bobbing your head, ever so slightly, from side to side. ‘Why did I not start doing this years ago?’. This question, now irrelevant, is one that no longer needs asking. It was answered the moment you decided to set your feet firmly on the ground. Taken in the moment, you are reminded of this delicious coffee sitting on the side of your desk. Its pleasant smell allures you, naturally. The initial sip. A wave of energy echoes throughout your body. ‘This is the best morning I’ve ever had in a while’. It doesn’t have to, and certainly will not be the last of them.