I know there will be times when the reading list seems like
its going on forever, and other times when it will seem like
you're reading the same thing over and over again. So when it
seems like history is useless...follow these hints.
- Ideally, everyone would like us to read everything with a
good eye, but lets all be realistic here- that's not
always possible. If nothing else, read the 'Seminar
Studies' books that are always given out. They provide a
good summary of the situation, and a good number of
historians and quotes as well.
- When you guys get to Joll and Lowe, you WILL have to read
them. (Sorry). I know that Joll's irritating at first, so
you'll have to read slowly, but eventually you'll get
used to his style and reading him will be a breeze.
- When reading 'Seminar Studies' look out for the little (doc. **) symbol
in the text. Look in the back and quote something or reference the
document in some way in your answer. Mr. Wyss-Lockner loves the
- Do NOT put the Internal Assessment off to the last
minute, it'll be the crappiest paper you've ever written,
and IB won't be impressed.
- When taking the IB exam, please stick to what's been done
in class. It may sound stupid, but there have been those
who never studied World War II and decided to do that one
section in the IB Exam. Needless to say, they didn't do
- Keep in mind that IB is European. It was created by the
French, and our stuff will be graded by the British when
you write out these papers. Basically, don't go insulting
any nation for no good reason. If you're going to insult
someone, better be prepared to write at least a paragraph
long explanation and support of why you're
insulting that someone. It had also better be a good
- Don't re-read EVERYTHING prior to the exam, you'll never
finish it, and you won't get time for anything else.
Rather just read over your homework done on the readings.
That should inspire your memory to wake up and throw in
other stuff to be known. If you haven't been doing your
homework or reading anything...well...good luck anyway
and find someone to pray for you.
- Remember that the main things you need are Quotes,
Historians and Historiography. Have those and you'll be