Resources for IB Sciences


At first glance, taking science classes in the IB can seem like an intimidating ordeal, full of IAs, tests, and lab reports. However, there are a few tips and resources that can help alleviate some of the stress you’re feeling. You’ll still need to put in time and effort to do well in your classes, but hopefully, these pointers will give you an easier path to success.

If you ask any teacher what students should do to get perfect grades, they’ll tell you to spend time after every class reviewing notes or reading the textbook. However, we’re talking about the IB here, so that’s obviously going to be nearly impossible for most students. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at the IB Study Guides published by the Oxford University Press. While they won’t teach you the course on their own, they take all the information that you need to know and compile it into concise explanations that make for quick reading. If you can get ahold of these useful books, whether in print or PDF form, reviewing for tests and exams becomes that much easier.

In addition to the study guides, the UNIS community has plenty of resources available in terms of studying for the IB. For example, the Math Club runs a tutoring program where you can connect with a tutor for chemistry, physics, or biology to get some extra help. On the other hand, if you’re feeling confident in your course, you can sign up to become a tutor for CAS. If you’re just looking for some quick help, you can also check out the Women in STEM club, which runs science tutoring sessions during morning break Monday through Thursday in room 431.

If you’re finding the IB to be challenging, don’t stress about it; you’re not alone. The IB is an incredibly difficult program, and almost every class extends into college-level curriculum. While the advice above won’t guarantee you straight 7s, it might make life a little easier.

To sign up for the Math Club’s tutoring program:

For more information on the Women in STEM sessions, email [email protected]