The IB History exams are fast approaching. Are you looking for some final tips on how to do well? Check out our top 5 tips below to help you do the best you can in the upcoming exams!
Manage your time well. Whether you are sitting Paper 1, 2, or 3, time management is so important. Time management isn't just something that you think about on the day of the exam itself. Time management needs to be practiced and planned for in advance. Now is the perfect time to start practicing your time management. If you'd like some advice or help with your time management, get in touch.
Answer the question. Yes, it seems obvious but it's not as easy as it sounds. You really need to read the question carefully before you dive into writing your response. Don't just read the question once and then focus on your answer, refer back to the question again and again as you are writing your response to make sure that you are remaining focused on the question.
Structure your response clearly. Whether you are writing short answer responses for Paper 1 or essays for Paper 2 and 3, structure matters! For Paper 1 using short sentences that make your point explicitly clear will work well. For Paper 2 and 3 ensure that essays have an introduction, body paragraphs and a conclusion. All elements are important, so ensure to leave time to write a conclusion too!
Demonstrate your knowledge of the topic but don't let it detract from your analysis. In IB History relevant knowledge matters. However, it is not the bee-all and end-all. Critical analysis matters just as much if not more. Try to strike a balance between your use of evidence and your critical analysis in your Paper 2 and 3 essays.
Evaluate different perspectives. If you are aiming at a Level 6 or 7, then evaluating different perspectives is a must. You can do this by considering historiography, but historiography is not the only way to do this. If, for example, you are addressing a question about the successes of an authoritarian leader's policies, consider whether their policies were successful from the leader's perspective, and then consider whether their policies were successful from the perspective of the people they ruled over. Don't just state these different perspectives, be sure to evaluate them too!
Take a moment to reflect on these 5 tips and do your best to bare them in mind during the exam. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you'd like any last minute help with your preparation! Best of luck!