5 Questions to Improve English Analysis Essays

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Many students struggle to write analysis papers in English, especially under timed conditions, such as on the AP and IB exams. Even students who have strong analytical skills on a feature-by-feature basis encounter difficulties arranging those individual ideas into a larger paper, and the highest grades often demand students present a well-organized and unified set […]

IB Math: AA or AI?

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By Indrani Banerjee (Test Preparation, Math, and Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) The maths courses for the IB diploma are changing. Whether or not this news brings fear, anxiety or happiness, we still have to make a choice between these two courses to take in the diploma years. Yes, there is information out there about what […]

2019 IB Math Common Core (SL & HL)

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As the new IB Math curriculum will be launched this Sept 2019 for the IB Class of 2021, The Edge will run a new IB Math Common Core course this summer to help students who are going to the first year of IB get prepared for the upcoming syllabus changes as well as stay ahead […]

7 Things to Know About the New IB English Curricula

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By Steve Leech (Test Prep (ACT/SAT/SSAT), and English Literature Tutor at The Edge Learning Center) When students return to school this autumn, those starting into the IB Diploma Program are going to be entering a brave new world. The IB curriculum has been restructured starting in the 2019 school year because it’s good to keep up with […]

Using a normal calculator to do Algebraic Expansion

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By Owen Cheong (Math, Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) When you are asked to expand an expression like (3z+5)(2z+7), we usually apply the FOIL method: (Source) Now, I would like to introduce another way to expand brackets, all you need is a normal calculator. To expand the algebraic expression, we just need to substitute x […]

7 Tips for Your TOK Essay

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By Jaris Cole (English Literature Tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Just thinking about the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) essay can be overwhelming. However, since it’s an IB Diploma requirement, the TOK essay is unavoidable. Here’s the good news: Although the essay itself represents a small portion of the 45 Diploma points, it can significantly boost […]

Test yourself: IB Math SL and HL – Which one suit you better?

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According to the IB Programme, students are required to take at least one course in mathematics and computer science as an elective. For all the pre-IB students, have you decided to take IB Math Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL)? If you aren’t confident in whether you should take the SL or the HL, […]

IB History Essay Body Paragraph, a Model

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By Adam Stengel (AP/IB History, English Literature, English Language, History tutor at The Edge Learning Center) As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog, many of my students claim they have trouble writing history essays. Because the IB History assessment is essay-based—particularly the Paper 2 and Paper 3 (HL only)—learning how to compose historical arguments in well-developed prose paragraphs […]

Translation Tips for IB Latin Paper 1

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 By James Rodkey (ACT, SAT, SSAT, English Builder, ESOL, and Latin tutor at The Edge Learning Center) The IB Latin Paper 1 examination for both HL and SL is a translation exercise from selected texts with the permitted use of a dictionary. (The only difference between SL and HL for Paper 1 is the length of the selection.) […]

All About Alliteration!

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By Sonali Khemka (English Literature, English Language, LNAT, Psychology tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Alliteration is a literary device that repeats the same sound, usually a consonant, at the start of a series of words or sentences. Though it is frequently used in poetry, it can also be found in prose such as novels or plays. Depending on […]

Winning a Nobel Prize by Solving ‘1+1’

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By Owen Cheong (Math, Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Hello! This is Owen from The Edge. I am going to tell you that you can probably win a Nobel prize by ‘simply’ solving ‘1+1’. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it was extremely meaningful for Jingrun Chen, who made significant contributions to number theory. In […]

IB Business vs. IB Economics

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From the point of view of an IB alumnus who took both Business and Economics at Higher Level By Chris Li (Economics & Business tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Why IB Business? The IB Business syllabus includes the following units: 1) Business Organisation and Environment; 2) Human Resource Management; 3) Finance and Accounts; 4) Marketing; 5) […]

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