Now the IB is over

10 Things To Do Now You Have Finished The IB

So much time; so many possibilities about what you could be doing.

Now you have had a chance to catch up on sleep, get a new hair-cut or show in some other way that a major milestone has been achieved, it is time to think of all the things you could now do. There is still over a month until your results and then another couple of months after that until University. So here are some suggestions about what you could do, structured around the Learner Profile characteristics.

Take a risk. Enjoy.

1. Balanced

You have spent so much time using your logical and rational side, why not do something completely different?
  • Physical - e.g. take up a new sport, learn to juggle, join a gym, take up swimming or even just go for walks around London and discover areas you did not know about such as Little Venice, Borough Market, Greenwich, East End.
  • Artistic - e.g. join a local art class, learn to play the harmonica, visit an art gallery every week, find out about free theatre or arts shows.

"A change is as good a rest" - so do something different

2. Caring

The last few months have been about looking after yourself and focussing inwards, so how about looking outwards, to people you might not ordinarily meet.
  1. Volunteer - there are websites and local groups who provide help and support to so many others; it might just be going along and chatting to people, or it could be running simple errands.
  2. Environment - what are the local environmental groups doing in your area? The weather is getting better and it is a great chance to get out of the house and do some physical work which helps everyone.

3. Reflective

Take some time to think back over what has been happening and to also look head.
  1. Keep a Journal or Video Diary - this is a great way to make sense of what has happened to you and your current everyday life. It is will also be fascinating, reading it back again in, say, 10 or 20 years time.
  2. Draw or paint - something which expresses how you feel about the last two years.

Make a (small) plan; set (small) goals

4. Open-minded

  1. Find out about your family history - there are plenty of website which can help you, but the first step is to go and speak to the oldest remember of your family; find some old photos and see what they can tell you; keep a record of what you find.
  2. Films - some people are put off by black and white films, or films with subtitles or silent films. Take a theme in films e.g. silent comedies, early Hitchcock, Oscar Winners for Best Film in the 1970s and 80s, and watch as many as you can.

5. Principled

Get involved with a cause. First find out as much as you can about it and then what you can do. It may just be writing letters or helping with distributing leaflets.

6. Knowledgable

There are areas or topics in your IB subjects which you never covered, as they were not needed for the exam. Now is you chance to explore these.
  1. History - a quick search through Wikipedia around the histories of Africa, Asia, North or South America is a good place to start. Or that book you always fancied reading, although it was not strictly on syllabus.
  2. Philosophy, Psychology, any of the Sciences - look back at the IB syllabus and see what options you did not study: which of them takes your interest?
  3. English Literature - set your own constraints, such as: Irish Writers; post-WW2 fiction translated into English; pre-1815 female writers; authors beginning with D.

7. Inquirer

Develop you natural curiosity by noticing some new piece of information each day and then use your time to find out as much as you can about it.
You have well-developed study and research skills. Use these to explore questions and ideas well outside what you have been studying these past two years.

8. Communicator

You have developed skills in at least two languages, but there is so much more.
  1. Computer languages - there are lots of different computer languages and many websites which will give you help and advice.
  2. Learn a new languages - free online courses in Mandarin or Russian? How about learning the language of a neighbouring family; ask if you can go round to practise your speaking.
  3. Take your current foreign language further - by watching films, reading poems or books.
How to Make a Movie

9. Thinker

Use your critical and creative skills to make a film, write a novel or series of short stories.
  1. Film - while there are courses you can go on, there is also a lot of good advice and ideas on the internet; what is your story? what are the main plot points of your story. Digital technology is your friend here.
  2. Writing - again, digital technology makes re-writing easier; write from what you know.

10. Risk-taker

  1. Do something new each day (or at least 4 times a week) - This could be visit an art gallery one day, watch a black and white film the next, walk through a part of London you have never been before, or any of the ideas above. Mix and match, so that each day and each week brings you something new.
  2. Go visit a different city or country - the easiest way to do this is to go and stay with a relative or a family friend. The main idea is to find out about a different place and a different way of doing things.