December EYP Article

November 21, 2023

Tips for IB from an IB Student

By Franklin Yuan, a volunteer with the Edgemont Youth Press

            As a student attending Sir Winston Churchill high school’s International Baccalaureate

(IB) program, IB has definitely proven to be a challenge. Without proper preparation and readiness, it is easy to fall into a grueling downward spiral. Here are some tips sourced locally from IB alumni:

  1. Study ahead of time:

In IB it is not uncommon to have work pile up, soon you’ll be neck deep in assignments while there’s a test just around the corner. If you maintain a healthy studying schedule, it is much easier and quicker to prepare when the test finally rolls around, while ensuring all assignments are completed on time.

  1. Watch what you eat:

Without proper nutrition you can’t function your best. In IB, a program that demands your best, this is a no go. That being said, eating too much can also harm us. It is vital to maintain a balanced and nutritious diet.

  1. Get enough sleep:

Sleep, or the lack of it, is often the thing most students complain about in high school. Once IB starts you must balance every class you take, which sometimes means staying up late at night to finish homework or study for a test. Adequate sleep is crucial to performing at your very best during the day. Inevitably, you may need to choose between sleeping or studying. When offered that choice, take a nap. Tests are easier to take when you are well rested. Studying late at night and sacrificing sleep is futile and only serves to harm your body.

  1. Save time for exercise:

Having a fit and healthy body that is fully charged is the key to success in IB. If you don’t, you can start to underperform. Furthermore, high school isn’t the be all and end all of life, persevering and improving our physical bodies are a keystone to a happy and successful life.

            Overall, the main takeaway for this article is to stay healthy and stay balanced. It is important to remember your health and wellbeing comes before academics, and to do well in the future, both are just as necessary.