Indeed, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program places incredible demands on one. Perhaps you can’t help but wonder sometimes, “Is all the hard work worthwhile?” Well, let this article tell you why it is.
- Learn how to manage your time better
International Baccalaureate (IB) is a demanding program which often requires you to devote a lot of time. Often, you will find yourself either busy with your studies or racking up your CAS hours. This process, however, trains you in planning your time well. It may be hard for the majority of newcomers, but be assured that by the time you leave the program, you will be able to balance your responsibilities better and excel in all areas. This itself gives you an edge over your college peers.
- Learn how to study
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is one that fosters critical thinking through their unique way of teaching and testing. This, in turn, helps the student to study more efficiently – to learn based on understanding, not memorization. In this case, not only will students remember what they are taught for an extended period but also truly gain from learning. By bringing learning further than simple regurgitation, it prepares better prepares students for college life where learning is no longer just about one’s ability to memorise.
- Prepared for the academic rigour of college
Just like its teaching and testing styles, the content taught in the IB program is equally challenging. It goes deeper into the details of the subject than regular high schools does. Thus, it is normal for IB students who got mediocre grades to find themselves scoring in college. No matter which college you attend in the future, rest assured that the IB program prepares you well for its rigour.
- Prepared for long lectures in college
In International Baccalaureate (IB), you probably find yourself going through endless hours of lectures and presentations. Free periods were scarce. This is the same case in college. In college, you will inevitably find yourself with blocks of three-hour lecture. Having sat through hours of in-house lectures and review sessions in IB, you will find that you have no problem adapting to college lecture as you are already equipped with two essential skill: 1) filtering out non-essential details when taking down notes 2) being able to focus for long periods of time.
- Become more independent
You often find yourself left on your own upon entering college. It is common for professors to take a hands-off approach to teaching. With the number of students attending their lecture, you can’t expect professors to remember your name outside class. This is, however, not foreign to IB students at all. The IB program takes on an independent learning style where students are trained not to depend on their teachers. This makes the transition to college a smoother process for IB students.
Indeed, the International Baccalaureate (IB) program is one that is very challenging, and you may not find yourself adapted to it initially. However, by the end of the program, you will find that it instils many valuable skills in you that you not only will find useful in college but in life as well.