Looking Back: Procrastination


Procrastination. Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute” before the deadline. (Wikipedia)

Even before I got the definition of procrastination down, I had already procrastinated to type my experience out for about a week. But here goes…

For those lazier to read my entire experience of IB, tl;dr:

  • Complete your EE as fast as possible, bug your mentors to get it marked or approved ASAP
  • Keep up with syllabus, if not go faster than your teachers in class… if they teach…
  • Plan your IAs and complete them a day before the deadline.
  • For those with design IAs, _____ Explorations, etc, look around you for ideas and feel free to explore your interests through these projects! E.g., exploring linear regression in Math Exploration (we totally love regression)
  • Use the post-exam period to patch up weaker subjects.
  • Start planning your English IAs and read up on IOC early.
  • Don’t be a hermit, go out, have fun, and chat with your new acquaintances in Year Five. A happier student is more likely to achieve a higher IB score.

EEs are dreadful and crafting EE research questions are even worst. All I can say is get it done ASAP and put it out of the way. If you could, keep it aside for as long as possible when COMPLETE, then dig it up for submission later.

IB is like Mazerunner (oh, yes). It does not make sense, it is gruesome, sadistic and it is all a test. Likewise, there is no escaping IB. Keep up with the syllabus and escape each periodic test. Or face the grieve of your results, lest you want to be stung. If you can, map out the entire syllabus before the IB exam, why not! It’ll help you gain confidence which is paramount during every assessed examination.

If there would be one aspect of IB that I would consider the highest attrition rate an effect of procrastination, it would be the IAs. I’m not one whom many would say am good in my IAs.However, planning your IAs early, on what you need to do and how you would do it, helps a lot. Try to complete your IAs a day earlier than the deadline then forget about it. Spend the next day scribing through your IAs for mistakes and critically editing parts to make them more substantial. Having time to edit your IAs or to look through them with a fresh mind helps tremendously. That being said, I only scribed my IAs thrice in my IB experience… Hence my IA scores are horrible…

Want to have an opportunity to explore a certain interest of yours? Use the design IAs or explorative IAs to pursue those interests. Before you do embark excitedly, do check with your mentors, teachers or tutors if what you want to explore is a good idea. Planning an IA from a template list of topics is going to be extremely draining. Trust me.

If there’s anything that’s glaringly synonymous about the IB to the O Levels or the IP, it’s exams. Nobody wants to do badly at the end of IB, similarly it’s how nobody wants to do badly in their O’s or whilst they are in IP (I hope). However, in this similarity that IB shares with nearly every other academic system, there is a great difference which can greatly impede your journey to stellar IB grades. Do not take a one month holiday after each IB examination and take EVERY test and exam in IB seriously, seriously (pun intended). It was only until Year Six that I learnt that an IB student cannot take a long, sinful break after each examination. One has to get up on his or her feet, smoke his EE, dust his ToK and stop the DotA. Some teachers are going to let you know you didn’t do to well in certain papers. Ask them how or why, and start working on patching up those knowledge gaps. Teachers set test questions to help *familiarise* you with possible IB questions. So do put in the effort to look through exam questions after each exam.

IOC is going to be painful. Just, read up early. Read your books, your notes, your seniors’ notes, your teachers’ notes and your friends’ notes as early as possible. Just do it.

Lastly, don’t forget to have fun. Really. For the gents, go kick a football once in a while at the lush Astroturf or head out to the movies. For the gals, go out with your other gals to Breadyard or head out to the movies as well. For both, you can all head out to the movies together.

To end off… IB will be a time where you will be tested, not by others, not your teachers or your parents, but yourself. It is the period of your life where you will define your own expectations, set your path to your goals and prepare for the toughest two years of your life. Really though, IB will be the toughest two years of your life. And if it is a breeze for you, congratulations. Please get 45 points 🙂

Jonathan Boey (6.07) is from the graduating class of 2014.

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