ADVICE FROM ME
After I finished all my exams, the biggest realisation was that it was so much easier than I expected. When you're in the middle of the IB, getting stressed because you feel like you have 20 IAs all due on the same day, you feel overwhelmed by it all. It seems like the IB is a huge, impossible task that wears away at you relentlessly, every minute of every day.
If I could only give one piece of advice, it would be to focus your energy on real problems, and not get all caught up problems you create yourself. The IB is only as hard as you make it. Any time that you spend sitting around thinking/complaining about how you're going to die/fail/explode/drown in homework is wasted time, because speaking from experience, I promise you won't.
It is ok to feel like you want to give up - everyone gets to that point. I'm certainly not saying that the IB is easy or that if you're struggling, there's something wrong with you. Everyone finds it hard. All I'm saying is that you shouldn't wind yourself up about it to the point that you feel like there's no hope left. I promise you, if you just put in small, consistent effort, the results will be greater than you think. The IB won't kill you. Your attitude might. So, remember that thousands of people have survived this before you, and you will too. If you need help, I really am here to offer it. Never forget that when you need support, it will be right there waiting for you if you just ask for it :)
STEPS TO MORE EFFECTIVE STUDY
1. Manage your time well - know when you will study and what you will study in that time
2. Study somewhere quiet with no distractions
3. Allow for breaks to eat and drink - if you are hungry or dehydrated, you will not be able to learn effectively
4. Break up your study into sets of half hours, allowing a short break in between each
5. Rewrite your notes from class when you get home
6. Focus on the most important areas first, then move on to the less important information.
7. Use techniques such as flash cards, quizzes or games to help you learn and memorise information.
8. Work in a group, where appropriate, to allow others to help you with topics you struggle with.
We choose to do these things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organise and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others too.
When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.
Stick to a task
Until it sticks to you
Beginners are many
Finishers are few
I have always struggled to achieve excellence. One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you can achieve something without a struggle, it's not going to be satisfying.
- - Greg LeMond
Cyclist and 3 times winner of the Tour de France