The transition from MYP to IB is a big one. The workload increases drastically, with courses having a lot of independent work. The change is even more dramatic, when some of the courses are done online. For this reason, many people may find time management difficult during this time.
When it comes to online courses, the most important step to take in order to manage your time right is admitting that the course is a lot more independent than it is in school. Of course, you still have teachers who are happy to help with any problem, but the process of learning the material is a lot more independent.
The second step is dividing the workload properly. This is especially important if you take more than one online course. Each week, start by looking at the work you have to complete over the week and divide it up, planning what you will do each day. It is important not to wait until the last moment to complete assignments. Also, each day, leave some time for revision of the material you just learned. That way, you can make sure you get constant practice of the new material so that you don’t forget it when learning new materials.
It is also important to note that you shouldn’t overwork yourself, and that it’s important to take a break from time to time and refresh. That way you can ensure that when you return to your study you feel more relaxed, ready to learn the new materials.
The IB program is demanding, but it becomes slightly easier when you manage your time right and take responsibility for your studies.
Post written by Shahar, a Year 2 Pamoja Taught student.
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