How to get a 7 in IB Chemistry

Firstly, we look at how to get a 7 in IB Chemistry, so here are the tips to come straight from an IB examiner, in a quick 10 minute video.

Margarita, an IB examiner with 27 years of teaching experience, tells you how to get that “dream” 7 score.

Secondly, she says it is hard, whether for SL or HL Chemistry, but it is possible, and here’s how to do it.

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Students need to have a good understanding of the key IB Chemistry concepts

As an IB examiner with 27 years of teaching experience can you give us the top tips for our IB students?

Firstly my top tip is that students need to have a good understanding of the key concept, and the context in which these concepts can be used. And when they read the free response questions they need to straight away pick up the key concepts that they need to connect together in order to answer that question.  Because the answer can be in bullet points as long as the key concepts are in their answers – in these bullet points or short sentences. This is my first tip. It’s important that a good deep understanding of a concept and how they can be used in the answers.

Use mind maps based on the Chemistry syllabus.

Another tip for IB Chemistry is that students can do special revision before the exam by making mind maps and peer tutoring each other, as long as they don’t leave any gaps in the understanding of any of the units and they need to try while they are making mind maps they need to try to connect every single concept from units of kinetics with other concepts and other units from other parts of the syllabus. Because chemistry, I believe, is a very sequential science and subject and, therefore, every concept can find its connection with the other units and the most fundamental concept in chemistry is bonding.

Bonding should be the number one topic for revision if you are aiming for a 7 in IB Chemistry.

Therefore, I recommend brushing up knowledge of bonding because every question around any other topic is deeply connected with bonding.  Any property, any reaction, can be easily explained with the bonds that exist in particular reactions or what kind of products should be expected to be produced.  So it is key that they have a very secure knowledge of the bonding concept and bonding is a very, very broad topic.

Tactics for multiple-choice questions are important.

When they approach multiple-choice questions which, this year, are going to be 10 percent more for their final exam, they need to read carefully (because sometimes the IB puts a little trick there) they need to read carefully what the question is about, underline the keywords and then try to eliminate the impossible answers.

Usually, that is easy, but sometimes there are two answers that are quite similar and could both sound correct.  That’s why the IB tests which one is the best answer, which means that one of them is more general.  The other one is less broad and, therefore, the one that is the right answer is the one that covers most of the situations in chemistry.

These are my top tips for the students and if you have any more questions please ask. Aim for a 7 in IB Chemistry!

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