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The Best Way To Get That Econ 7

Arthur Zargaryan

So by now you should know most of the material you have covered in class, I mean the concepts you learn aren’t that difficult. You should be able to remember most of the stuff at a quick glance as you probably have finished your mock exams, IAs and multiple tests. Having done that you also have definitively realized that simply “knowing” or “understanding” the material isn’t enough, you have to go above and beyond to deliver pertinent evaluations.

To develop these analytic skills you should have a strong bases in you core knowledge, so I suggest you spend approximately 4-5 hours simply drawing and redrawing all the graphs that you learned in class. I simply went through the text book and every time I saw a graph we had learned in class I copied it out, then tried to draw it from memory. I also explained to myself out loud what the graph was about and what concepts it represented. Finally I would think of an interesting evaluation for each of these graphs and say it out loud once more. By the end of the revision session I had around 7 pages of graphs all of which I new how to draw from memory.

Now that the base knowledge has been refreshed, we can talk about the juicy money making part; how do we do strong evaluations? There are two critical steps, firstly you should read and watch the news. Combine new sources which analyze economic situations (such as the Economist) with more main stream news sources (Euronews, NBC and CNN). Try to apply what you have learned to these news articles and try to see if they are interlinked. This sort of implicit daily analysis will really help you create some very interesting evaluations when you are in the exam room.

Finally, there are probably some people in your class who are better than you in economics, well what are you waiting for? Use their brains! A few weeks before the exams all my friends and I would talk about whilst eating lunch would be our subjects. I would pick their brains on how and what they analyzed when presented with certain types Econ of questions. I would literally ask them:

“What would evaluate to score those few extra points, what isn’t so obvious?”

Kids if you are reading this in year 1 of the IB, this is why it’s important to have smart and capable friends. You should really learn from each other and push each other to perform to the max of your abilities.

Oh, I almost forgot; if you have another 3 hours or so to invest I suggest you go through the Economics definitions and memorize them. I suggest making flash cards. Click the button below to get a list of all free definitions.

I was predicted a 6 for Economics, however in a month was able to turn that 6 into a 7 without much effort using the strategy I described above.

Best of Luck

Arthur

HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY BEFORE EXAMS (STUDY 10X BETTER)

Arthur Zargaryan

 

Exams are approaching. You don’t feel prepared. You want to feel prepared. You NEED to feel prepared. First of all, here’s some good news: you still have time to learn a shit ton of stuff. You have more than a month.

Here’s the first thing you need to do:

BUY A FUCKING CALENDAR

And I mean a real, physical calendar (none of that Google Calendars bs)! What you’re going to do is check off everyday till your exams. You’re going to visualize how close you’re getting, and how unprepared (or hopefully, prepared) you feel.

This is hopefully going to create a sense of urgency, and honestly, if it doesn’t, you deserve to fuck up your exams.

There I said it: if you don’t have the motivation or willpower to work your butt off this final month, then you deserve to do badly.

This is the final stretch, and the most important one.

You need to get in the mindset of a fucking warrior. You need to control your urge to get distracted. You need to hold yourself accountable. You need to study. Now, when you actually study, and listen up because this is important, you’re going to want to use a Timer. Here, I’ll repeat that:

USE A TIMER

I don’t really care if it’s a physical timer or one you have on the Internet, but just time yourself working.b And every time you feel like procrastinating, and then you subsequently give in, you’re going to also time how long you spent procrastinating. Record all of this in an excel spreadsheet. 

Btw I know this sounds like a shit load of steps but honestly it’s remarkably easy: just time yourself working and time yourself being distracted. What you’re going to see is that holy Jesus poop, you THOUGHT had sat down for 6 hours on your desk doing math, but only 2-2.5 of those hours were you actually working.

Hopefully this makes you feel like shit.

Just remember that there is someone out there that spent almost 5 hours working in that 6-hour period. And that person is going to kick your ass. 

Wait, what’s that? You’re calling that person a nerd? If being a nerd means going after what you want and working on it so hard that you’re going to get it, then please, I want to be a nerd!

Alright, so far you have a timer to actually see how long you’re working and you’ve bought a physical calendar to create a sense of urgency day by day.  Now, you need to realize that the IB can only be fought if you work smarter, and not harder. In fact, that’s the motto of our website. If you spend 5 hours simply reading the Math Textbook instead of actually writing out solutions, congratulations:

YOU’RE STUPID!!!

Here’s what you should do instead (or something like it whatever). Let’s say this is your first day of proper revision for Math:

Spend 1 hour identifying what you’re good at and what you’re bad at. Literally open up a Google Doc, make a table, and jot down your strengths + weaknesses for Math. Something like this: 

And remember: you want to be specific. Don’t just write down integration, examine what exactly it is that you don’t like or you’re not good at. Don’t worry, I just made this up really fast; your list should be much longer and should also be grouped according to broad topics.

You’re going to want to start working on your weaknesses, and here’s the best way to do it.

For Math, open up your textbook to the corresponding chapter (of your weakness) and just go through it. Write down everything in your notebook, do the examples, and then do most of the problems in the review section. Don’t do ALL of them (unless you want to). Maybe do all the odd-numbered ones or even-numbered, or simply the ones that look the hardest to you.

Now here’s the critical step:

After you’ve done textbook problems, it is absolutely critical that you open up your QuestionBanks or any past papers you have and tackle specific IB related questions to the topics you were having difficulty with. This is really important because there’s often a wide disparity between IB questions and Textbook questions. The textbook is great for solidifying your fundamentals and actually learning the material, but only by doing IB questions can you get better at solving IB problems.

Essentially, you want to do this form of studying for all your subjects. Keep remembering to time yourself and record that data. You want to see how productive you are.

Further, you can even notch it up a bit and record specific times when you work, and this will allow you to see at what time of the day you’re most productive.

What do you do when you don’t understand something?

This is arguably the most important part of this post. Please please listen up. I’m literally being 100% serious right now: this is the reason why most students mess up their exams and don’t study the right way. Are you ready?

When most students encounter a topic or concept or question they don’t understand, they either

  1. Directly look at the markscheme, copy the answer down, and smile thinking that they’ve understood it.  OR:
  2. Shrug it off, ‘look at the markscheme’, and move on.

Both those options will lead to failure and you’ll end up crying on your exams. Instead, you should do one of the following:

  1. Email or ask your teacher asap. Literally just send out an email to her/him and ask to explain why the answer is what it is. The next time you see them, ask them to give you a similar problem, and be ready to solve it.
  2. Skype with your friend(s). Learning through collaboration is awesome and I highly recommend it. Chances of a topic or concept sticking in your head are much stronger if a friend explains it to you simply because they’ll give you the real deal. Trust me, this really works.

Also, and most important, most people will just stop studying when they encounter a sticking point. Their brain isn’t tough enough to handle challenges so it’s much easier for them to just watch Youtube Videos and delay action.

Use your timer to your benefit. Is this happening to you? Do you tend to start procrastinating the moment you’re faced with a problem you don’t understand? In these situations, you have to realize that this is the critical moment: if you keep studying and grind it out for another few hours, you will understand the concept well and you would have spent time & energy getting prepared. If you decide to procrastinate, you’re letting yourself down. As simple as that.

Stuff you’re going to want to cut out (only for a month relax):

 

I know it sucks, but if you want to perform at optimal level, you’re going to want to stay away from some stuff. Don’t drink alcohol, smoke marijuana (this will do quite a bit of harm to memory retention), and do any other sort of drugs. I know it’s going to be tempting, but the morning after you’re going to feel like crap and not get anything done.

Instead, this upcoming month should include good exercise, lots of fruits, and lots of water. Water is amazing. You’re lucky to have it, so drink it. Drink lots of it. It will make you feel amazing.

Finally, don’t underestimate the power of positive thinking. Something bad happen to you? How can you re-frame it in the most positive manner so that you learn from the situation instead of cry about it? Smile, study, and take care of yourself. This is the last stretch, and you’re almost there. The finish line will soon be in sight.

Will you train like a champion or give up at the most important time?

-Shikhar S.

 

 

 

IB English Lang & Lit Paper 2 LIFE SAVER

Arthur Zargaryan

 

Our Latest Deal

 

We sent this as an email to our mailing list, but due to popular demand, it’s up here now:

Here's what we want to do:

1) You send us the two literary texts that you've read in class, and we will create a 1000 Word Ultimate Guide for all the Important Quotes, Symbols, Themes, and elements of each text. Highly personalized: you can even tell us what you want us to focus on. 

for example: 

Say you've read Antigone and Brave New World. 

You will tell us that you want us to work on those two texts. You can even tell us what you want us to focus on. 

We will create a kick-ass 1500 word pdf guide on literally everything you need to know (information & content wise) for those texts to get a level 7. 

it will contain 10+ symbols analyzed, 20+ quotes, themes and ideas explained, and real IB prompts to practice with. 

2) It's going to be created with the help of an IB English Teacher and 3 students that all scored level 7s in their Paper 2. 

3) As a gift, we will also send you a 3000 word guide on maximizing your grade for Paper 1. 

We will do this for $100. 

And here's the crazy part:

I know $100 may be something you can't afford, so if that's the case, I want you to ask your friends to pitch in. 

You heard me. 

I don't care if you buy the guide, and then distribute it to all your friends. You guys can all split the cost, and as long as we get the amount we need, you guys are free to distribute the eBook between yourselves. 

If that's two of you, that's less than $50 each.

If that's four of you, that's less than $25 each.

We're only going to be making this offer to the first 100 people that sign up (because we can't possibly do this for everyone), so click on the button below. 
 


Don't be afraid to ask for help  

Best wishes,

The IB Survivors Team 

If you're trying to do everything, you're going to fail.

Arthur Zargaryan

I recently read an article that really inspired me and I wanted to share my thoughts on it, and why I think it’s so important.

Here’s the original article:

http://oliveremberton.com/2013/you-can-do-anything-if-you-stop-trying-to-do-everything/

I think that something like this is really relevant to a lot of students because when you’re surrounded by high-achieving individuals that are of the same age, you feel compelled to do stuff.

And this is most of the time really good. You work hard, try new activities, and engage in healthy competition.

But I feel as if it can be really harmful too.

Just yesterday, I heard some girl almost ‘bragging’ about how little sleep she got the other night.

She was saying something like ‘I had 5 hours of band practice, then I had to attend my MUN meeting, then I had tutor for 2 hours, and then I had to do all my homework. Omg I slept at like 4:00 am, I work soooo hard!!!’

I mean, don’t get me wrong. Doing stuff is good. But there’s a limit you know?

I’m sure that girl, let’s call her Josie, is working really hard. And maybe she’s genuinely passionate about everything she does. But I think she’s doing it wrong.

If we try to do everything, if we try to make everyone happy, and if we try to say yes to everything, we’re missing out on some valuable time.

 We’re missing out on time and energy that should be spent on ourselves.

How often do you spend time on self-reflection?

How often do you analyze your strengths and weaknesses?

A common theme that I’ve noticed in so many successful people is the amount of time they spend taking care of themselves. This can be through meditation, running, reading, whatever; the point is that if you’re not setting aside time to work on yourself, you’re massively limiting your potential to grow.

In the IB, I think it’s the same way. You have to prioritize. You have to find a way to maximize your output & productivity but at the same time you can’t survive on 4 hours of sleep every night.

I know that when you’re taking the IB this all sounds very abstract and meaningless, but please do take some time to self-reflect.

In the long run, are you better off spending some time with your little sister who you’re not going to see next year or should you attend a club meeting just so that you can put it on your Resumé?

99% of people will carry on their lives keeping themselves busy and doing meaningless activities.

The 1% that succeed will be self-critical (and accountable), pursue activities that they are genuinely interested in, and aim to maximize happiness (and not wealth or status).

You have the potential to do anything in this world, if, and only if, you don’t try to do everything.

That will surely lead to unhappiness and regret. 

 

Lie to yourself (The right way)

Arthur Zargaryan

We often lie to ourselves when it comes to working, but we do it in the wrong way:

“I will start working in 10 minutes”… 1 hour later “I will start working tomorrow”-everyone

We are delusional creatures and despite already knowing what’s going to happen, we still convince ourselves otherwise. Interestingly enough the things we might do instead of working aren’t even that interesting. The reason we do them, however, is that the initial effort required to initiate those activities is so low. Comparatively the initial effort and mental power required to start writing an essay is much higher than that of opening YouTube and just clicking through videos. Worst of all is that the satisfaction that we gain from completing that assignment (that we always put off) is much greater than that of watching 15 videos in a row (well, the satisfaction in the long term at least).

The issue at hand seems to be overcoming initial effort required to get us moving and working. So, how do we do this?

Well, we lie to ourselves.

Instead of looking at an assignment as a large block we should break it down mentally into its smaller components. Let’s take writing an essay; upon first glance we might think that the task of doing it breaks into the following sections: Planning, Writing, and Proofreading. But we can break it down into even smaller components. Planning could be broken down into the following sections: reading the assignment, brainstorming, creating thesis, structuring the contents of the essay. Looking at these small tasks they seem so easy and remedial that procrastinating over doing them just seems ridiculous…. Well let’s use that our advantage, Instead of telling ourselves:

“I will start working in 10 minutes”… 1 hour later “I will start working tomorrow”-everyone

We should tell ourselves:

“Let me just look over the assignment and think about it, once that’s done I can have a 20 minute break and then start working for real.” -you

What happens is magical, because the task is so small and it would literally take 2 minutes to accomplish you get to it without hesitating. As you have breached at this point the initial barrier, and have given yourself some working momentum you will find it easier to continue working. By the time you end up finishing the first task you will want to continue, or at least your guilt will nudge you to do so (and as the initial working barrier has been overcome you are more likely to continue the task).

It seems ridiculous that this would even work, but it does. We are such delusional creatures that lying to ourselves is so easy, there is a reason behind why it is said that “we are our own enemy”. So let’s shift the whole paradigm upside down and lie for a better cause.

Another lesson to be learned from this is that breaking things down can help, it can help a lot. Tasks which might seem impossible at first will become do-able. Taking this example even further, how do you think companies such as google arose? They took it a step at a time, they knew they could never be perfect from the first try, so they didn’t plan themselves to perfection. They had a bias for action, once they went over basic planning, they begun work, taking each step at a time. 

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” -Laozi

 

-Arthur Zargaryan