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ExamPre-IB Summer Course

Pre-IB Summer Course

19th – 30th July 2021

US$508 per subject

Our online Pre-IB courses are designed to give you the best possible start as you embark on the first year of your IB Diploma. We’ve hand-picked Our expert IB teachers will build your knowledge and boost your confidence.

The Subjects

Covering what’s needed to begin the IB Diploma Programme

With a maximum of six students in each class, our online Pre-IB courses deliver 10 hours of Maths or English tuition over 5 days, in morning or afternoon BST (UK time) sessions.

Taught by leading IB teachers, you will develop confidence in your mathematical understanding and skills prior to beginning either Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (A&A) or Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (A&I). For our English course, you will develop confidence in producing the level of written work expected in IB Diploma subjects, Theory of Knowledge (ToK), CAS and the Extended Essay, plus effective note-taking and daily revision strategies to cope with the challenging Diploma Programme.

The Course

100% Digital. 100% OSC.

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Boost your confidence in Maths and English in preparation for your IBDP.
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Our expert teachers will guide you through the fundamentals of both subjects.
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Our teachers are hand-picked for their experience and expertise, and most of them are examiners. MEET THEM
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Get free access to the OSC Study app, to support you throughout the first year of your IBDP – it features thousands of practice questions, OSC revision guides, and videos in more than 10 IBDP subjects.

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Each course delivers 10 hours of tuition, in morning or afternoon sessions split over five days.
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A pre-course questionnaire allows your teacher to tailor the course to your needs.
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Set and reviewed homework for your own study outside class.
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Access class notes and other valuable resources before, during and after your course.
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Support staff will be on hand during the course to assist you with any questions you may have.
Subject Schedule

Week 1

19th - 23rd July

Week 2

26th - 30th July

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Maths
English
Daily Timetable
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00 - 11:30 Morning subject
2 x 60 mins with a 30 min break
Lunch
13:00 - 15:30 Afternoon subject
2 x 60 mins with a 30 min break

How it Works

An easy process tailored to you.

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Registration and Deposit

In one go, you'll create an account, select the subjects you want to attend, and share basic information on needs and goals. To confirm your place, we'll collect a US$150 deposit.

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Confirmation and Full Payment

Now we'll check whether your subject selection works in terms of timing and vacancy. We'll send a confirmation email to confirm your subjects and request full payment.

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Pre-Course Questionnaire and Start

By filling out your pre-course questionnaire, you're helping us make each course as effective as possible. We're excited to welcome you shortly after, where you'll be grouped with students based on similar needs and goals.

You kept me motivated throughout the sessions and helped me realise that visualising and drawing a graph can help with lots of questions that seem much harder. (Mathematics)
The explanations and material really helped me understand the subject more and what I have to do. (Mathematics)
I really enjoyed the lessons and going through the questions step by step, breaking them down, really helped me to fully understand the steps that have to be taken in order to achieve maximum marks. (Mathematics)

Top FAQs

In case you missed anything.

I’ve just completed the first year of my IBDP, can I still attend?
The Pre-IB Courses are designed for students who are about to begin the first year of the IBDP. If you’re looking to prepare for your second year of IBDP please see our Mid-IB courses.
I don’t live in Europe, can I still attend?
Absolutely! As long as you have a computer and an internet connection, you are welcome to join our Pre-IB course.

Please note, all classes are taught in BST (British Summer Time) hours so please take that into consideration when registering.

Who are the OSC teachers?
Our teachers are experienced educators from top IB schools around the world, and most are also examiners.

All of our teachers go through a strict and thorough recruitment process, and we provide training and support for them for every OSC course.

I would like to study both Maths and English. How long will the course be?
Each course delivers 10 hours of tuition over five days. As each subject is taught in either morning or afternoon sessions, you can study two at a time. Alternatively, you can study one in Week 1, and the second in Week 2.
How many students are in each class?
On all our online courses, we ensure that there is a maximum of six students per class. This allows our students to have more one-on-one time with their teachers.

Need extra help?

Which course is right for you?

Make sure to compare the IB Exam Course with our Pre-IB and Mid-IB courses if you’re unsure which course is best for you.

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COVID-19 Adapted

Feel safe so that you can focus on what counts.

We've been implementing a range of measures to offer you COVID-19 adapted at location courses, guaranteeing you a worry-free and safe experience. We’ve handpicked the locations that allow us to put into practice all of the following measures:

Social Distancing

We have optimised every inch of space in our classrooms, common areas and offices to ensure that everyone has the space to work comfortably and safely.

Staggered Class Times

Our classes run on different schedules throughout the day, to reduce footfall in common areas and to avoid any crowding or queues before class, during breaks and at the end of the day.

Face Coverings

Every member of staff and all of our students are required to wear face coverings at all times, unless they are seated at their designated work stations.

Temperature Checks on Arrival

Every individual who enters the venue is required to check in and have their temperature taken and contact details recorded. Daily temperature checks provide an added line of defence to our staff and students while on course.
Martin Bluemel

Martin Bluemel

Chemistry examiner and teacher formerly at:Taunton School, UK

Ian Lucas

Ian Lucas

Maths examiner and author, and formerly teacher at:Sevenoaks School, UK and St Peter’s, Adelaide

Pat Roby

Pat Roby

Maths and Physics teacher at:International School of Zug and Luzern, Switzerland

Nisha Bauluck

Nisha Bauluck

Maths examiner and teacher at:St Clare’s, UK

Duncan McCulloch

Duncan McCulloch

Geography author and teacher at:International School of Leipzig, Germany

Joe Gauci

Joe Gauci

History teacher at:Malvern College, UK

Kavita Mathai

Kavita Mathai

English Literature and Language & Literature teacher, formerly at:Lauriston Girls’ School and Preshil School, Melbourne

Dave Allen

Dave Allen

Chemistry author and teacher at:Canford School, UK

Surita Devi Nair

Surita Devi Nair

Maths teacher at:Hvitfeldtska Gymnasiet, Sweden

Anna Androulaki

Anna Androulaki

IB English Literature and Language & Literature author and teacher, formerly at:TASIS and UWC China

Margarita Mechkova

Margarita Mechkova

Chemistry teacher at:Heidelberg International School, Germany

About me

"I've been teaching chemistry ever since university where I studied biochemistry and I always enjoyed explaining it to people who were interested to know more. Chemistry is a challenging subject at IB Diploma level, so I find it very rewarding to help motivated students who need to understand it better and improve their grade."

Q&A

How many years have you taught with OSC?

28 years

What do you enjoy about teaching with OSC?

An OSC course gives students the opportunity to focus exclusively on chemistry for a few days - something that is not normally possible at school. I can help students join up what they have learnt and see how the subject fits together, so it is great when you can see it begin to make much so more sense.

What is your best tip for revising for exams?

Memorise carefully the facts you need to know (and make sure you know what these are), then practice as many past questions as you can, looking carefully at the feedback so you can continually improve.

About me

"It is always a joy to see the light dawning when I have been able to explain a mathematical concept or technique which was previously a closed book"

Q&A

How many years have you taught with OSC?

22 years

What do you enjoy about teaching with OSC?

The camaraderie with colleagues, and making a difference for students.

What is your best tip for revising for exams?

Practice as many exam-style questions as possible, and if you can’t do one (or get it wrong), find out why.

About me

"I love teaching because it must be one of the only vocations where you can use pretty well all the skills and knowledge you have picked up throughout your life, and - even better - you (almost always!) have an appreciative audience."

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How many years have you taught with OSC?

22 years

What do you enjoy about teaching with OSC?

It gives me a strong injection of internationalism - you could say I'm addicted!

What is your best tip for revising for exams?

Quality is as or more important as quantity: get the most out of every question you practise. Don't just answer a bunch of questions. Use them to practise speed, technique, concepts... Use up every drop of one question paper before you start another.

About me

"Maths excites me, patterns and algebra is a way for my brain to organise and tidy up and I love a neat environment! Calculus has always been my favourite as I love a puzzle. Lately, I have been working through further statistics and really enjoy working with big data sets for modelling purposes."

Q&A

How many years have you taught with OSC?

6 years

What do you enjoy about teaching with OSC?

I really enjoy meeting students from all over the world and watching them come together to solve the same problems. The support staff are always cheerful, helpful and generally fantastic human beings who are willing to assist no matter how tough the challenge!

What is your best tip for revising for exams?

As far as maths is concerned, it is all about doing past paper questions. Start with 1 topic, and work through every paper, doing all the questions on that topic. Then do the other topics. I also recommend dividing a paper question by question. Those aiming for grade 7 should be able to attempt the most difficult questions (Q7-10).

About me

"Having been involved in either studying or teaching geography all of this century I am both fascinated and concerned about the changing dynamics of the planet we live on. As the subject has evolved, so has my passion. Whether it be environmental sustainability, demographic transition or how to respond to global pandemics, it continues to be the most relevant subject for encapsulating contemporary affairs."

Q&A

How many years have you taught with OSC?

7 years

What do you enjoy about teaching with OSC?

The whole experience! There is a fantastic base of in-house OSC staff who make sure everything runs smoothly and I have the opportunity to work with great teachers and highly motivated students from all over the world.

What is your best tip for revising for exams?

For geography a top tip is to combine your case-studies wherever possible. For example, your 'detailed example' of a country with uneven population distribution could also be used as your 'case-study' of a country benefitting from a demographic dividend.

About me

"I love trying to reconstruct the past, looking for insights into what made and makes men and women tick, and discussing with students and colleagues the array of different perspectives from which our human experience can be viewed."

Q&A

How many years have you taught with OSC?

26 years

What do you enjoy about teaching with OSC?

I love the buzz of the revision courses and the mix of students and tutors from across the IB world community.

What is your best tip for revising for exams?

Start early and keep your revision active.

About me

"I've always loved literature so teaching the subject comes naturally to me. At university I was also introduced to linguistics which I found fascinating. So it is not surprising that I love taking my students into the worlds that literature creates or engaging them in the power of language to shape our thoughts, our understanding and our perceptions."

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How many years have you taught with OSC?

2 years

What do you enjoy about teaching with OSC?

I like teaching with OSC because it is so effective and highly professional, while at the same time reaching the individual with a personal touch.

What is your best tip for revising for exams?

Structure your revision time to alternate focused study with activity. The mind needs to rest and absorb between study sessions.

About me

"Chemistry is about atoms and molecules and how they interact. The universe is made from the interaction of atoms and molecules. So without chemistry, there wouldn't be anything!"

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How many years have you taught with OSC?

9 years

What do you enjoy about teaching with OSC?

I enjoy working with students from all over the globe and seeing them come together a form a dynamic class for a small period of time.

What is your best tip for revising for exams?

Practice past paper questions. And then practice some more. And some more. And then check the markscheme.

About me

"The reason I love maths is that it there is no fuzzy logic; the answer is either right or wrong. Getting the answer to a challenging question is such a satisfying feeling!"

Q&A

How many years have you taught with OSC?

10 years

What do you enjoy about teaching with OSC?

What I enjoy most is the students; they are so enthusiastic and eager to learn! Also, not to forget the great colleagues that I work with there. It is such a positive place to be!

What is your best tip for revising for exams?

Two tips: Do maths at least one hour a day; work with past IB examination questions and always use the formula booklet. Be very familiar with your GDC.

About me

"I love the discovery of a new aspect of the meaning of texts I have read several times."

Q&A

How many years have you taught with OSC?

8 years

What do you enjoy about teaching with OSC?

The students, always. And the enthusiasm of everyone involved.

What is your best tip for revising for exams?

Reflect, focus, and “chunk” your study. Stay realistic and invest in your strengths.

About me

"I love Chemistry and its concepts, which successfully explain life. The two most important ones are attraction (in chemical bonding) and competition (in rates of reaction and in many other areas of chemistry.)"

Q&A

How many years have you taught with OSC?

15 years

What do you enjoy about teaching with OSC?

The highly intellectual talks with colleagues and students. OSC is more than Professional Development for me; it is an invaluable experience.

What is your best tip for revising for exams?

Mind maps, peer teaching, past papers questions practice, asking experts and of course attending OSC IB Exam Courses.