THIS BLOG INCLUDES:
1.IB (International Baccalaureate) Education System Structure
2.Perks About Having an IB Tutoring
IB (International Baccalaureate) Education System Structure
This system offers four different programmes at different levels for students between the ages of 3 and 19 years.
- IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) – for students between the ages of 3 and 12 years
- IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) – for the students between the ages of 11 and 16 years
- IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) – for students between the ages of 16 and 19 years
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) includes the following subjects:
- Social Studies
- Science and Technology
- Personal, Social and Physical education
The IB MYP is a 5-year program and requires a teaching of at least 50 hours per year for each of the following eight subjects covered during the programme.
- Language Acquisition
- Language and Literature
- Individuals and Societies
- Physical and Health Education
Students in the DP programme choose one subject from each of the six ‘Subject Groups’ listed below:
- Group 1: First Language (English)
- Group 2: Second Language (French, Hindi, etc.)
- Group 3: Individuals and Societies (History, Economics, Business and Management, etc).
- Group 4: Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Systems).
- Group 5: Mathematics and Computer Science.
- Group 6: Electives (either Visual Arts or a second subject from Groups 3, 4 or 5).
Additionally, all DP students must complete a two-year Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, work on an Extended Essay (EE), and participate in Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS).
After clearing the IB MYP, the students become eligible for the IB Diploma programme or IB Career Related programmes.
All these programmes are internationally recognised. Students passing with good merits get placed in prestigious universities.
The designed framework of IB does not follow a content based written curriculum and thus does not follow a content-based approach. While designing the framework. IB follows a practical approach mainly focussing on
- Skill Development
- Thorough understanding of the concepts
- Practical application to problem solving
In spite of all the prestigious merits of attending the IB education system, the student challenges are also needs to be considered. Let’s explore them.
As this programme is very demanding, challenging and diverse and continuous study is required, a student may not always be able to prepare via self-study. There is something more needed than the knowledge and teaching acquired in the classroom. Student cannot fully rely on the classroom teaching because that alone may not help him/her to face the stiff competition.
The student may not know:
- Where to start?
- What to focus on more?
- How the IB curriculum examinations are designed?
- What resources are available and how to use them effectively?
So, the need for a tutoring is inevitable. Help beyond the scope of the classroom becomes a must and much needed one. Are you still contemplating on the need of an IB tutoring?
Perks About Having an IB Tutoring
- Good bonding and someone to rely on: The student/tutor bonding relationship is essential because it is both professional and personal. The tutors will put in all the effort to listen to the student and build rapport and finally build the trust between each other. And so, the student is confident that he has somebody to rely upon to clarify his doubts or any other school related queries. The tutor is student’s pillar of strength.
- Reliable resources: The tutors are an expert in the specific, academic content. They understand the subjects inside and out right from the basic concepts to theories and applications. They are familiar with the curriculum and assessments. Hence the resources provided to the students are vetted and designed as per the curriculum and assessment standards.
Tips and suggestions: The tutors can give tips and suggestions either on the content and/or the assessments. As each student is unique, tips will be in accordance with the student’s style of learning thus improving his learning efficiency and productivity levels.
- One size does not fit all: Each student has unique learning capabilities and potential. An experienced IB tutor understands that one size does not fit all. He identifies the student’s strengths and uses them for other aspects of the study, like use them to further advance them or to work on the student’s weaker areas. Like a magician has many aces up his sleeve, the tutor too has many strategies up his sleeve and curates the apt teaching style to suit the learning style of the student.
- Understanding the gaps: As the tutors understand the strengths of the student, they identify the weaker areas as well. Knowing the weaker areas is equally important, as the student needs to put in more efforts and distribute his time in an effective way to tackle those weaker areas. The tutors will be able to quickly assess where the missing blocks of information and start filling the gaps. They can adapt a teaching style to transfer the new knowledge weaving it with the knowledge what the student already knows, thus using the strengths as a tool to work on the weaker areas.
- Time spent is effective and productive: Unlike in a class of 25-30 students, where the teacher is not able to give individual attention to each student, IB tutors set the agenda for the session and ensure that the learning goals are met. The student is required to be present and attentive and thus there is an undivided attention from the tutors, making the session effective and productive.
- Accountable: The IB tutoring session provides extra practice for the curriculum content and exam preparation. These extra practices are essential for improvement and advancement. These extra practices will make the student accountable for this IB tutoring studies as they will be beneficial for only him at the end of the day. Hence the student tends to take the responsibility of his own studies.
- Learning outside of the classroom: In this framework, learning outside of the classroom is an active process wherein students come across authentic problems, construct new hypothesis and test for real solutions. Students who engage in learning experiences outside of the classroom report higher levels of motivation and improved academic performance.
- Understanding the unique learning style: Experienced tutors assess and understand the student’s learning style and adapt the teaching styles accordingly. These valuable information are the student’s takeaway at the end of the day. Knowing his way of learning, the student is able to identify the effective study methods that work for him and does not waste time in trying out the methods that do not work for him.
- IB tutoring is the way forward: When there is someone whom the student can rely on, he can express his doubts easily and trust the tutor to provide answers to move forward.
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Do IB students have an advantage?
In the academic period, an IB student develops some skills. Those skills are interactiveness, emotional stability, and enhance cognitive skills. Thus, it is considered, that IB students perform well and have an advantage.
What are the benefits of IB tutoring?
A unique perspective for individualized learning, Enhancing a better study routine, academic performance, overall increment of retention, and personal growth. It also helps to improve cognitive ability. IB students grind their personalities and improve their self-esteem. Thus, these are some benefits of IB students.
What are the pros and cons of IB tutoring?
PRO; There will always be a demand for tutors of IB, independence of personal development and decision-making, Personal backup, and a user-friendly program.
CON; It takes patience, needs a great amount of understanding, Work with self to understand a concept, Parents need to invest in laptops or tablets, & timing could be flexible or not. Thus, these are the pros and cons of IB tutoring.
What do students gain from IB tutoring?
Students acquire strong time management and study skills. In IB students are taught to gain strong skill sets for success in the academic world. The main area is communication skills, level of participation, patience, and ability to give presentations. Thus, a student gains these skill sets from IB tutoring.
Why choose IB tutoring?
There will be massive stress on the shoulders of IB students without an IB tutor. But there are some reasons to decide on IB tuition. Those are a breadth of study, experiential learning, freedom, research skills, individual thinking, global citizenship, & time management. Thus, these are enough reasons to opt for IB tuition.