Class Content

 

 

 

  • Our teachers take students through the syllabus and work with them on the key points they need to know.
  • They will help students with their academic problems, answer all their questions and help them perfect their exam technique.
  • Priority is given to the core syllabus – options are covered as time allows.

 

 

 

Q. How can I tell you which areas of the syllabus I want to revise?

A. You will complete an online questionnaire for each of your selected subjects. This allows you to tell us which areas of the syllabus you particularly need to review and which options you would like to cover.

 

 

 

OSC approach by subject

 

Biology HL

 

Biology – the stuff of life. It’s a fascinating subject, but there are so many concepts to remember! OSC’s Biology HL Revision Course helps you manage the course content and gain a secure understanding of the syllabus.

This class covers topics in the Core and AHL (Additional Higher Level) parts of the syllabus and builds your confidence through rigorous preparation for Papers 1 and 2. You may choose to study DNA replication, photosynthesis, or something else – we let the class decide which topics to focus on. You will also be guided through Section A of Paper 3, on practical work, such as measuring the rate of transpiration from a potometer. To ensure that your time is used efficiently, Section B is not covered, as students will have studied for different options. If you need help with your option, we recommend getting the OSC Revision Guides.

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

 

Biology SL

 

Biology – the stuff of life. It’s a fascinating subject, but there are so many concepts to remember! OSC’s Biology SL Revision Course helps you manage the course content and gain a secure understanding of the syllabus.

This class builds your confidence through rigorous preparation for Papers 1 and 2. You may choose to study DNA replication, photosynthesis, or something else – we let the class decide which topics to focus on. You will also be guided through Section A of Paper 3, on practical work, such as measuring the rate of transpiration from a potometer. To ensure that your time is used efficiently, Section B is not covered, as students will have studied for different options. If you need help with your option, we recommend getting the OSC Revision Guides.

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

 

Business Management HL/SL

 

Business Management – a dynamic and challenging subject but extremely useful once you’ve mastered it! OSC’s Business Management HL/SL Revision Course covers the breadth and depth of the syllabus. It integrates knowledge and exam technique to help you demonstrate your full potential to the examiners.

You will review all five units of the syllabus, including the six key concepts that underpin the course, and prepare thoroughly for both the case study in Paper 1 and the structured questions in Paper 2. Whether you need help with linking the key concepts to the case study, applying ratio analysis, or something else – we let the class decide which areas to focus on.

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

 

Chemistry HL

 

Chemistry – elements and their interactions. OSC’s Chemistry HL Revision Course helps you explore how all the syllabus topics are linked: kinetics and enthalpy, periodicity and electrochemistry, and much more.

You will review topics from the Core and HL Extension parts of the syllabus and prepare thoroughly for Papers 1 and 2. Whether you need help with solving acid-base calculations, understanding organic mechanisms, or something else – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. You will also be guided through Section A of Paper 3, on practical work, such as determining the molar mass of a gas. To ensure that your time is used efficiently, Section B is not covered, as students will have studied for different options. If you need help with your option, we recommend getting the OSC Revision Guides. Just remember to bring a calculator and a copy of the Data Booklet!

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

 

Chemistry SL

 

Chemistry – elements and their interactions. OSC’s Chemistry SL Revision Course helps you explore how all the topics in the syllabus are linked: kinetics and enthalpy, periodicity and electrochemistry, and much more.

You will review syllabus topics from the Core and prepare thoroughly for Papers 1 and 2. Whether you need help with solving acid-base calculations, understanding organic mechanisms, or something else – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. You will also be guided through Section A of Paper 3, on practical work, such as determining the molar mass of a gas. To ensure that your time is used efficiently, Section B is not covered, as students will have studied for different options; however, depending on the needs of the group, specific questions can be addressed. If you need help with your option, we recommend getting the OSC Revision Guides. Just remember to bring a calculator and a copy of the Data Booklet!

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

 

Economics HL

 

Economics – a fascinating subject about the world around us; it studies the behaviour of consumers, firms, and governments in response to a world of unlimited wants and scarce resources. OSC’s Economics HL Revision Course helps you to review key topics, apply them to examination questions, and demonstrate your understanding to the examiners.

You will review topics from all parts of the syllabus – microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and development economics – and prepare thoroughly for all three exam papers. You will learn appropriate strategies for tackling the papers. Whether it is an extended response question on interest rates and inflation in Paper 1, a data response question on exchange rates and the current account in Paper 2, or a question on calculating changing consumer surplus in Paper 3, the group decides together what to review.

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

 

Economics SL

 

Economics – a fascinating subject about the world around us; it studies the behaviour of consumers, firms, and governments in response to a world of unlimited wants and scarce resources. OSC’s Economics SL Revision Course helps you to review key topics, apply them to examination questions, and demonstrate your understanding to the examiners.

You will review topics from all parts of the syllabus – microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and development economics – and prepare thoroughly for both exam papers. You will learn appropriate strategies for tackling the papers. Whether it is an extended response question on interest rates and inflation in Paper 1, or a data response question on exchange rates and the current account in Paper 2, the group decides together what to review.

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

 

English A: Language & Literature HL/SL

 

English Language & Literature – you’ll never get bored; there’s so much to learn and read!  OSC’s English A: Language & Literature HL/SL Revision Course is a chance for you to engage closely with the syllabus, cover everything that you need to know, and get all your last-minute questions answered.

Our experienced teachers will provide you with the tools with which to approach both Paper 1 and Paper 2 successfully and will offer clear advice on what the examiners are looking for. For Paper 1 (Comparative textual analysis), you will focus on how to structure an essay around the analysis of two unseen texts. For Paper 2 (Essay), you will focus on essay preparation on the literature studied in Part 3 of the syllabus: you will be given guidance on how to use contextual knowledge of your texts to answer the questions, how to form thesis statements, and how to use these thesis statements to structure your essay. You may choose to review formal, stylistic, and aesthetic qualities of texts, or develop your powers of expression, or something else – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. Just remember to bring a laptop and your texts!

Please note: this class is specifically for students studying English A: Language & Literature. If your school just refers to it as ‘English A’, please check with your teacher whether you are doing English A: Literature, or English A: Language & Literature. We offer separate classes for English A: Literature. (English A: Language & Literature has a syllabus including ‘Language in cultural context’, ‘Language and mass communication’, and ‘Literature’.)

 

English A: Literature HL/SL
 

 

English Literature – texts that introduce us to different cultural perspectives on human existence, that encourage us to reflect on what has happened to us as individuals and to the world as a whole. OSC’s English A: Literature (HL/SL) Revision Course helps you to consolidate your understanding of different genre conventions, and develop key skills in critical analysis and essay writing.

This class will guide you through the course structure and will prepare you for Papers 1 and 2. You will engage in close, detailed analysis of selected literary texts, and develop an understanding of the techniques used in literary criticism. Our experienced teachers make clear what the examiners are looking for, and show you how to achieve this through interpretation of the criteria, analysis of good samples, and essential tips. Most importantly, you will practise the relevant skills, using past papers, notably Paper 2, to ensure you can meet the criteria at a good level. Whether you need help with literary analysis, literary devices, genre terminology, effective revision techniques, persuasive essay writing, or something else – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. Just remember to bring a laptop and your texts!

Please note: this class is specifically for students studying English A: Literature. If your school just refers to it as ‘English A’, please check with your teacher whether you are doing English A: Literature, or English A: Language & Literature. We offer separate classes for English A: Language & Literature. (English A: Literature’s syllabus includes ‘Works in translation’, ‘Detailed study’, and ‘Literary genres’.)

 

French B HL/SL

 

French – one of the most widely spoken languages in the world! OSC’s French B Revision Course helps you to review the syllabus structure, study a range of texts, develop your written and oral communication skills, and boost your confidence of achieving your desired grades.

This class will prepare you thoroughly for both exam papers; our experienced IB teachers know what the examiners are looking for, and will help you organise your ideas and improve your ability to express them in the exams. For Paper 1, you will practise the text-handling exercises on five written texts and develop receptive skills within the three required themes: communication and media, global issues, and social relationships. For Paper 2, you will cover the writing exercises, hone your productive skills, and focus on interpreting the exam questions and practice, including a personal response to a stimulus text. You will be encouraged and supported with your ongoing, independent grammar, and vocabulary revision. Whether your option is cultural diversity, health, leisure, or something else – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. Just don’t forget to bring your laptop, texts, and class notes!

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

 

Geography HL/SL

 

Geography – an investigation into the interrelationships between individuals, societies and physical processes in both time and space. OSC’s Geography HL/SL Revision Course helps you gain an overview of the Core, some options, and – for HL students - the extension.

This class will review topics from the Core theme of Global Perspectives, such as patterns of changing population, impacts of climate, and resource consumption and security. The HL extension of Global Interactions, such as diversity, risk and resilience, will also be covered. You will also cover some Optional themes. You will prepare thoroughly for all three papers. Whether you need help with any of the key Geography concepts, or something else – we let the group decide which areas to focus on.

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of advice on exam technique and geographical analysis.

 

German B: HL

 

The focus of this class will be on the skills needed for Paper 1 (text-handling exercises) and Paper 2 (writing tasks). Although students may have studied different Options, the skills required for the exams are the same.

 

German B: SL

 

The focus of this class will be on the skills needed for Paper 1 (text-handling exercises) and Paper 2 (the writing exercise). Although students may have studied different Options, the skills required for the exams are the same.

 

History HL/SL

 

History – far more than just a series of random events to memorise! OSC’s History Revision Course (HL/SL) makes you aware of the ideas and patterns that influence the events. It allows you to see the ‘big picture’ – the connections between different topics and countries – and makes it easier to understand the similarities and the differences between different case studies you have covered.

The course aims to deepen your understanding of the interconnectedness of historical events. You will learn how to structure your answers to the source-based as well as the comparative exam questions. Because of the breadth of topics studied by our students, we focus on writing effective answers and maximising grades, rather than on memorising topic content.

We support the following topics:

Paper 1: Prescribed Subject 3 (The Move to Global War)
Paper 2: World History Topics 10 (Authoritarian States), 11 (Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars) and 12 (The Cold War)
Paper 3: HL Option 4 (History of Europe) Topics 12-16 (Europe from the first to the second world war, 1871-1945, and Russia from empire to the Soviet Union and its fall, 1855-2000)

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

 

Mathematical Studies SL

 

Love it or loathe it, maths is a vital skill for the IB Diploma Programme. OSC’s Maths Studies SL Revision Course helps you master the key points for all syllabus topics, from algebra to statistics.

This class teaches you how to formulate effective exam answers and maximise your marks. It guides you through a complex Paper 2 question and shows you how to organise your working to obtain easy marks, even for questions you are unable to fully answer. You may choose to review normal distribution, truth tables, calculus, or trigonometry – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. Just remember to bring your formula book and a fully charged graphics display calculator. It doesn’t matter which sort you have – TI84, nSpire, Casio or anything in between – our teachers will be able to help.

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

 

 

Mathematics HL

 

Whether you enjoy the elegance and power of mathematics or are struggling with the basic principles, maths is a vital skill for the IB Diploma Programme. OSC’s Maths HL Revision Course will help you understand the key skills required by each of the topics, and then guide you on using these skills through work on past examination questions.

This class will review a large proportion of the Core syllabus: this could be integration techniques and applications, the intersection of lines and planes, or something else – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. Exam practice includes short and long answer questions, with and without a calculator, so that you feel equally comfortable with Papers 1 and 2. The course will review the knowledge needed for success in the earlier parts of the paper, and give you the techniques and confidence required when tackling the unfamiliar questions at the end of the papers. It will advise you on how to make the best use of your 5-minute reading time and will go through the most common errors that students are subject to. To ensure that your time is used efficiently, the Options are not covered, as students will have studied different options. If you need help with your option, we recommend getting the OSC Revision Guides. Don’t forget to bring your GDC and your formula book!

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques. Because many students come to our courses, we can often place students in classes with other students of comparable ability in the subject.

 

Mathematics SL

 

Love it or loathe it, maths is a vital skill for the IB Diploma Programme. OSC’s Maths SL Revision Course strengthens your understanding of the course content and helps you apply that knowledge in an exam context.

This class covers all syllabus topics and reviews core concepts that are tested every year. Exam practice includes short and long answer questions, with and without a calculator, so that you feel equally comfortable with Papers 1 and 2. You may choose to review normal distribution, logarithms, calculus, or trigonometric functions – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. Just remember to bring your formula book and a fully charged graphics display calculator. It doesn’t matter which sort you have – TI84, nSpire, Casio or anything in between – our teachers will be able to help.

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

Physics HL

 

Physics – the study of matter and energy, the interaction between them and how they are applied to explain the universe. OSC’s Physics HL Revision Course helps you to see important links between concepts through a variety of problem solving techniques, discussion, and in-depth review. 

You will review topics in the Core and Additional Higher Level parts of the syllabus and prepare thoroughly for Papers 1 and 2. Whether it be concepts in electromagnetism and electromagnetic induction, fields theory, quantum physics, or something else – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. You will also be helped with Section A of Paper 3, on practical work such as revisiting the diode bridge rectification circuit, Young’s double slit experiment, EMF, and internal resistance, including the linearisation of second-hand data.

To ensure that your time is used efficiently, Section B is not covered, as students will have studied for different options. If you need help with your option, we recommend getting the OSC Revision Guides. Don’t forget to bring your data booklet – your school will give you this – and also an IBO approved graphics calculator!

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

 

Physics SL
 

 

Physics – the study of matter and energy, the interaction between them and how they are applied to explain the universe. OSC’s Physics HL Revision Course helps you to see important links between concepts through a variety of problem solving techniques, discussion, and in-depth review. 

You will review all the topics in the Core parts of the syllabus and prepare thoroughly for Papers 1 and 2. Whether it be concepts in thermal physics, electromagnetism, field theory, particle physics or something else – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. You will also be helped with Section A of Paper 3, on practical work such as revisiting refractive Index, Young’s double slit experiment, EMF and internal resistance, including the linearisation of second-hand data. To ensure that your time is used efficiently, Section B is not covered, as students will have studied for different options. If you need help with your option, we recommend getting the OSC Revision Guides. Don’t forget to bring your data booklet – your school will give you this – and also an IBO approved graphics calculator!

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

 

Psychology HL

 

In this class we will review the Core (biological, cognitive & sociocultural levels of analysis) and the HL extension on qualitative research methodology. Our highly experienced IB teachers (many of them examiners) also have a system for spending time on the Options along with question practice for all three exam papers.

 

Psychology SL

 

In this class we will review the Core (biological, cognitive & sociocultural levels of analysis) and then spend time on the Options along with question practice for both exam papers.

 

Spanish ab initio SL

 

This class gives students an opportunity to refine their linguistic skills in Spanish and to improve their ability in tackling the exams. Time will be spent on both Paper 1 (text-handling exercises) and Paper 2 (writing exercises).

 

 

 

 

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