How to Pre-Plan Your DP1 Effectively?
IB can be difficult at times. Fortunately, there are usually some methods to simplify the situation. When the program first begins, the list of tasks to perform seems never-ending. But being well-organized and managing your time well can go a long way. Some tasks can be finished in year 1, while others can only be finished in year 2. I'll go over excellent task management and allocation strategies in this article so you can complete 1B with a well-balanced schedule.
How to Start your DP 1?
What I want to study in the future is one of the most crucial questions to ask oneself at this point. - You are in the best possible situation if you know the answer to this question. Because it will enable you to investigate potential areas of interest and limit your possibilities. You can always select the courses that match your interests and passions if you are unclear about what you want to study in college. You'll find learning more enjoyable as a result.
Regarding the second most crucial issue, "Where do I want to study?," this will assist you in finding colleges and researching their necessary courses. You will save a lot of time and credits later on in university if you choose HL and SL classes based on your future intentions.
Here is all what you can achieve in Year 1!
Work on some of the crucial Internal Assessments
Some IAs need more consideration than others. It takes more time to study and comprehend concepts, particularly for Group 4 and 5 subjects, the Sciences, and Mathematics courses. This implies that implementing IAs in the first year may not be appealing to teachers. These are typically deferred until year 2.
Work on the other, simpler IAs that call for less in-depth knowledge of the subjects to make sure you don't leave anything till year 2. for instance, your Group 1 and Group 2 individual orals. It is not advised to write scripts; rather, you should use brainstorming, bullet points, and a strong outline to direct you. What you can do is comprehend your texts and conduct thorough research on the works you have chosen.
Alternately, in the case of Group 2, practice your language abilities and focus on your weak points.
How about getting some initial Extended Essay words of the Paper?
While writing an extensive essay may seem intimidating, if you choose a topic you are interested in, you will surely enjoy the research process. Although 4000 words might seem like a lot, they can be completed in two years. In year 1, make quick notes, choose a topic, and research sources. You could even start writing the essay in year 2 if you have everything organized.
Try to exhibit your Theory of Knowledge!
Two sections make up TOK. The essay and the exhibition are these. If you finish the display in year 1, you can devote year 2 completely to the essay component. The narration for the exhibition is 950 words long. You choose a prompt to begin with from the options IB has provided. Along with a topic, you then select three items and make a commentary about how they relate to the theme and prompt. This is something you can easily finish in your first year in 1B. Since most applicants' titles are announced in September of DP2, it is not possible to start working on the TOK Essay before the second year.
Don’t miss out on having some fun with CAS!
A crucial part of the diploma program is CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service). Even though it is not graded, participating in CAS activities is crucial to your two-year academic path. CAS plays a significant role in 1B's goal of developing persons who are holistically well-rounded.
You must complete CAS during the course of the two years. However, finishing significant tasks and long-term endeavors in year 1 can enable you to devote more time to your studies in year 2. In the second year, you could decide to limit your participation to short- to medium-length events.
Uh-oh! You really should plan your summer 2023 well!
The greatest time to finish a lot of extracurricular activities, participate in contests, pursue internships and volunteer opportunities, and work on your profile is definitely the summer between year 1 and year 2. Additionally, this is the ideal time to start on your college applications. Writing your personal statement and taking external exams like the SAT and IELTS will reduce your stress in the forthcoming academic year. Year 2 will also include deadlines for college essays and applications, your anticipated scores and strategies for improving them, and much more.
How about some steps towards your university applications?
In addition, exams like the LNAT, which is only permitted in the year that you apply to universities, must be taken in September or October (meaning at the beginning of year 2) It is best to finish as much as you can in the first year because there will inevitably be tasks you have to put off until year 2 gets underway.
IB may seem like a lot, but if you plan your activities, you'll find that you don't have to start doing everything at once. You'll be alright if you just take things slow and step by step.
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