- We are proud to offer a wide range of subjects on our OSC Mid IB Summer Courses in Boston - see the table below for a full list.
- Students study one morning class per week – other options are available in the afternoons. It is advised that the same subject is not repeated.
You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire for each of your selected subjects after you have registered for the summer courses.
This allows you to tell us which areas of the syllabus you particularly need to review and which skills you need to work on.
Questionnaires will be available in May and should be completed by mid June, allowing our teachers to use them to prepare the classes.
We do not make them available earlier because our teachers have found that what students find difficult in February may not be the same as your needs nearer the course in July.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Extended Essay but were afraid to ask!
The Extended Essay offers IB Diploma students a fantastic opportunity to study a topic which is of special interest to them. Through your Extended Essay you develop independent research and writing skills, and it also provides invaluable preparation for the academic work you will do at University.
Is this class for me?
You might be still struggling with your research question or have completed your first draft – whatever stage you are at with your Extended Essay this class will help you. Our experienced teacher will assess your needs and make sure you get to work on the skills you need most to complete your Extended Essay.
What will I learn?
You will learn and develop the skills you need to approach your essay with confidence and enthusiasm – it really should be exciting and fun. Using examples in class you will learn how to:
- choose your topic and create a strong research question
- develop subtopic questions
- plan and structure your research and investigation
- write an abstract and an effective introduction
- develop a reasoned argument and write a relevant conclusion
- take effective notes, plan your time, and be organised
- create a working bibliography, reference lists, and learn how to cite your work correctly
- apply the Assessment Criteria to every aspect of your essay from the research question through to the formal presentation
- avoid plagiarism
How will the class be organised?
- The first part of the morning will be devoted to classroom instruction by our experienced teacher covering the topics listed above. You will also work in small groups to share ideas and evaluate samples of various components of the Extended Essay.
- Library Sessions: in the second session of each morning you will have the opportunity to develop your research skills by working in the MIT library. Here you will learn about conducting academic research in a University setting. MIT staff will provide an induction in how to use the resources available in the library, your teacher will set tasks for you and be on hand to guide you. There will also be time for you to conduct your own independent research for your Extended Essay.
This is a skills-based class and whilst there will be time for you to work on your own individual essay the IB rules governing the Extended Essay do not allow anyone from OSC to advise or comment on a student's individual essay.
|June / July||30 - 5||7 - 12||14 - 19|
|Registration||12:00 - 17:00||12:00 - 17:00||12:00 - 17:00|
|Biology HLBio HL|
|Biology HL/SLBio H/S|
|Chemistry HL/SLChem HL/SL|
|Economics HLEcon HL|
|Economics HL/SLEcon H/S|
|English A: Language & Literature HL/SLEng A LL H/S|
|Extended Essay SkillsEE Skills|
|Mathematics HLMaths HL|
|Mathematics SLMaths SL|
|Physics HLPhys HL|
|Physics HL/SLPhys H/S|
- If there is a subject not included in the table that you would like to review, please contact us.
- In order to keep class sizes as small as possible and ensure you are in the best class for your academic needs, we may change the order in which you take your subjects.