Study Skills - Pre IB including i-GCSE and S.A.T.


Designed to instil students with the skills and confidence required for academic success after the summer.

Our Study Skills class is specifically for students who will be starting the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma/GCSE and S.A.T. exams after the summer. Lessons cover topics such as time management, planning a workload, essay writing, presenting with confidence, taking notes and exam preparation.

With specific reference to the IB, students discuss requirements for the IB extended essay, CAS and theory of knowledge. This course is also highly recommended for students who want to work on their English language skills in a more academic context.

Learn to be mindful. To take time to put things into perspective so that you can get the most out of you high school experience and enjoy the learning process without feeling overwhelmed.

Working in small groups, classes will cover:

  • Time management: note-taking and listening skills
  • Effective writing skills: comparing, contrasting, defining, elaborating, describing, and learning how to structure and write an essay in an academic context
  • Reading with purpose: extracting info, focusing on specific text, analyzing it and developing critical thinking skills
  • Verbal skills: listening, focusing, presenting, debating and role playing
  • A debrief on university, future career choices and UCAS
  • Develop the seven characteristics required for success: zest, grit, optimism, gratitude, social intelligence, curiosity, self-control.
  • Sources: how to use the library, plagiarism, referencing and academic integrity
  • Assessment: what does the mark mean and interpreting results
  • Preparing for exams: SAT, ACT, IELTS, and the Cambridge International Examination
  • Writing an extended essay
  • Introduction to CAS, TOK and DofE
  • UCAS studying and assignments: time management, planning work, breaking down a task and meeting deadlines

Learning Outcomes

Our students outcomes from this class are:

  • Improved English in an academic environment.
  • Discover essential techniques to assist them with their future academic studies.
  • Gain the confidence to apply these techniques with ease when starting new projects or taking tests.
  • Learn to be mindful. Take time to enjoy the learning process without feeling overwhelmed.

Preparing for IB Diploma

It is no secret that all of us at the International Summer School for Teens are great fans of the International Baccalaureate curriculum.

The IB is a great way of preparing young people for their future careers as well as the wider world around them. IB students benefit from a global outlook and gain practical skills as well as an in-depth knowledge of their chosen subjects.

As our world becomes more complex, educators and policymakers are realising its importance and the curriculum is now widely adopted by both private and state schools. Our Study Skills class is designed to help prepare students for the workload and intense level of study that they can expect in the IB Diploma after the summer.

If you are thinking about enrolling in the IB, here are a few tips to help:

  • Think about what classes you want to take
  • What are the requirements of your chosen classes?
  • Manage your time and plan how will you complete your coursework
  • Think outside the box. The IB embraces creativity so don’t be afraid to try new things
  • Think about ideas for CAS and Extended Essay early

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29 June - 19 July 2024
session 2
21 July - 10 August 2024

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