IB Physics is not an easy subject to crack, and the higher level makes it more difficult. Still, it’s not impossible to attain 7. According to research, only 20% of the students achieve this score, so if we take 20 students, there’s a possibility that 4 students will score 7.
I had a lot of discussions with teachers and students about the possibilities and difficulties related to IB Physics HL. While discussing with them and some of my personal experience, there are a few tricks or ways that can help you get a desired score in IB Physics. These steps, if followed religiously, can give you a score of 7 without many hurdles.
- Know your IB Physics syllabus and make notes on it.
Having a syllabus is the best way to become well-versed in your IB Physics. It contains all of the content as well as the necessary concepts that are required to clear the exams successfully. After the questions for the examination have been formulated, they are compared to the course outline; any questions found to be unrelated to the outline are promptly eliminated. As a result, you must have a solid understanding of the course syllabus, and by that, I mean solid.
You must begin taking notes on the material after performing a cursory review of the course outline. Underline the points that are most significant to you and that you believe should be reviewed before the exam. Instead of making notes in a separate notebook, it is recommended that you try taking notes directly in the book itself. This way, you can cross-reference the syllabus, and the notes can be more of a help than a hindrance so that you do not overlook any significant subject matter.
- Don’t lose focus on the internals
Written papers can be challenging, but obtaining marks in internal assessments can be simple. Internals are relatively simple to crack because there is no time constraint and there are numerous opportunities to score easily. Most importantly, scoring high in IA can provide you with a benefit of scoring 7 even if you scored lower in final exams. Isn’t that wonderful?
It is strongly advised that you thoroughly read your physics guide. I understand every concept mentioned there and know which are crucial for IAs. If you are having difficulties with any topic, consult your tutor before the IA’s. You should have no reason to score 40+ in internals because scoring 7 in IB Physics will be the final straw.
- Time management.
Every student, in fact, every person, complains about not having enough time. However, time is not an issue. When students manage their time well, they can complete their work more quickly, which normally takes longer. This time management technique requires only a minor change in your routine but can significantly improve your exam performance, potentially moving you from a 5 to a 7.
We enjoy browsing social media. I am unaware of how much time I have spent on Facebook and Instagram. But we can all change our habits. As a student, I suggest that you set aside time for social media use. That way, you’ll be able to study while keeping up with all the social media happenings.
If you can manage your time well, you can go ahead and put yourself under time constraints. Try to finish the task within the time limit. If you are given a paper to complete in one day, you will undoubtedly take the entire day to complete it. However, if you are given a limited time, say three hours, you will undoubtedly complete it within the allotted time by applying time pressure. It’s because when you put your brain under pressure, it starts working overtime to complete the task in the allotted time. One solution is to concentrate on past papers for revision and time yourself!
- Solve the past paper questions and scrutinize the marking scheme
It’s a good idea to practice past paper questions in a timed environment. It aids in the retention of theoretical knowledge by requiring students to answer questions and write down what they learn. In addition, it exposes any misunderstandings you may have. Examine the syllabus to see if there are any questions or groups of questions that you cannot answer.
One of the reasons IB Physics is difficult is that the textbook content does not correspond to the answers required for the exam questions. It must be demotivating to write textbook definitions while still screwing up with scores. As a result, know your marking scheme thoroughly, as teachers will only have the papers and marking scheme in front of them while checking.
If you follow these four steps strategically, you will undoubtedly achieve your goal.