I'm sure you have a lot of IB survival tips, you only need to enter ‘IB’ on YouTube to find people from all over the world talking about their experiences and giving pieces of advice for the future students about how to organize your time, the best way to keep your notes organized… but today I am going to tell you about what I feel that has been the most useful thing in order to more or less deal with the IB in a decent way.
In my opinion, the best thing you can do to succeed in IB, apart from obviously working hard and in a constant manner, is sharing your knowledge with the people who surround you. In the first days of class, you will be next to a group of strangers that will soon become the people with whom you spend more time at the end of the day. All of you have different abilities and flaws and all of you have had different experiences that probably made you learn something. So my tip is to pick up all these defects, skills and experiences and put them together so everyone can take profit from everyone’s experiences.
Maybe you feel as it is a nice idea with little relevance in daily life but from my own experience, I can tell you that this shared knowledge has been there in almost every school activity I did, and also it has made me learn not only in the academic aspect but also about cultures, about other people and about myself. This sharing information is present in the class without taking into account the transfer of information from teachers to students, which is essential but is not what I am talking about. I mean that in class we have the chance to say what we know from our points of view and experiences. For example, in Global Politics, we usually discuss the topic form our own perspectives, so we see how other ideologies' influence our positions.
We are also used to sharing knowledge beyond the class time, in my particular case, as I live quite far from the school, I have lunch there, where it is usual to talk about something related to class and mix it with a more fun aspect so it’s on your mind although we are not working. But after eating we spend the afternoon doing our homework next to other classmates, which has been incredibly useful as you can work together or just check each other’s work, which is really useful to make sure you are explaining yourself in a clear way. Working together also helps to balance the skills and flaws of each student as we can help each other and, honestly, it is the best thing you can do to deal with stress as it can also be amusing and you get to know closely your classmates, that can eventually become friends.
In conclusion, I think that making the most of everyone surrounding you will be your best strategy to deal with IB in academic and personal aspects and sharing what you know will, apart from helping others, be a good way to know yourself better.