How to Study Efficiently in the IB

How to Study Efficiently in the IB

We know the IB isn’t easy and sometimes you can struggle to remain consistent in studies. In this blog post we’ll go through our top 4 tips for how to study more efficiently in the IB, while also taking care of yourself and having fun!

1. Find study buddies

Learning can become funnier and more effective if you’re doing it with the right people! Having a study buddy in IB provides an opportunity to share knowledge, giving you another level of insight into the subject you are studying for.

To write an essay or to do your homework with someone else might help you to stay accountable. Moreover, sharing resources and giving each other advice can also introduce you to more efficient study techniques and improve your productivity. However, the best part in finding a study buddy in IB is that it can be the beginning of a meaningful friendship!

2. Take breaks

When sitting down for long hours of study in IB, it’s important to remember to take regular breaks. This way, you will prevent study fatigue setting in. Taking purposeful breaks, from 5 to 60 minutes, can increase your energy, productivity and ability to focus on your IB studies.

However, researchers have shown us that spending time on Instagram doesn’t work well as a purposeful break! Therefore, find activities that give your mind a real break and allow you to move your body, laugh, breathe fresh air or express your creativity. These kinds of activities will help you re-energize and re-focus!

3. Keep track of your assignments and deadlines

As Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said, “a goal without a plan is just a wish”! We know that IB classes can be hectic, and sometimes hard to keep up with. If you want to succeed in the IB, planning and time management are the keys!

Since the human tendency is to procrastinate, we recommend you to create a study plan and an IB exams revision schedule. Adapt the planners to your learning habits and stick to them! A study plan will help you to set aside enough time to complete your homework, study for tests and meet all the deadlines without stress!

4. Reward yourself

Undoubtedly, getting the IB Diploma is the big goal you are studying towards! Nevertheless, it’s essential to celebrate every small success along the way! The best way of doing that is by rewarding yourself for achieving short-term goals, such as finishing the EE, your CAS Project or IA. You can eat a delicious cupcake, buy a new book or do something which is meaningful to you.

The IBDP is what you make out of it, therefore you should enjoy the journey and allow yourself to beautifully grow! And don’t forget, if you seek emotional or academic support, the experts of TEMPERA IB Learning Lab are always available to get in touch!

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