Good Luck, November-Session Students!

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November-session IB exams start today. Good luck to all students taking part, and here are some exam tips to help you out.

1. Pay attention to the Command Terms! Answer the actual question, not what you think the question might be.

2. Make good use of your five-minutes reading time to pace yourself and settle down. Think about which optional questions you will score most highly in.

3. Write clearly and concisely – it is not a Creative Writing exam. Get to the point, get the points (check how many points the answer is worth).

4. Use the correct biological terms. Markschemes are very prescriptive, so tighten up on your explanations. If you’re having a last-minute cram session, explain to others.

5. Most importantly – SLEEP (and sleep) and stay healthy. I know it’s easier said than done, but all-nighters will not do you much good.

Finally, once you’ve finished the exam, obey the IBO’s 24-hour rule. Do not discuss the paper with anyone else, and especially do not go online to facebook or tweet your stress.

Image: ‘Exams_by_Majeed

About Stephen

International Educator: China via Japan, Indonesia & the UK. Director of Innovation in Learning & Teaching. Science educator. Twitterist (@sjtylr), dad and bloggerer. MA International Education & current EdD student. Experienced Director of Learning & MYP Coordinator. Interested in curriculum, pedagogy, purposeful EdTech and global competence. Find out more: Science site:

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