Getting 45 IB Diploma Points Isn’t Always Good Enough: Here’s Why

This month, I had the honor of interviewing a wonderful father of two IB graduates, who also happens to be a senior representative for the EU diplomatic service.

He met me earlier this month, en route from Baghdad to Brussels, specifically to make this video to help parents who are new to the IB Diploma.

I hope you enjoy this exclusive window inside the heart and mind of a supportive parent and inspiring professional.

See you again next month!

Same time, same place.

x Ms Vardaki

Valia’s Time Management Tips for IB Diploma Students

More than 40 IB points? Like…how?!

And yet. Meet Valia Katsis. A down-to-earth former IB (and IGCSE) student of mine who got a phenomenal 41 IB points. Valia proves that it CAN be done. You can do well in the International Baccalaureate Diploma and still have fun. AND (this is a big one) you can do well in the IB AND meet coursework and homework deadlines.

I kid you not, Valia was the kind of person who ALWAYS (let me emphasize that: A-L-W-A-Y-S) handed her homework and coursework in on time. I can attest. I was Valia’s History teacher from Grade 10 to Grade 12. I was her Extended Essay mentor. And I was her IB2 TOK teacher. Valia n-e-v-e-r missed a deadline. And she never moaned, complained, or begged for an extension. So the argument that you need to stay home to get an A on your EE the day before it’s due, or stay home the day before your History coursework to get a 7 is, quite frankly, not convincing.

Here’s the thing. Whatever way you look at it, if you’re an IB student who struggles with procrastination and time management, this is definitely an interview you won’t want to miss.

Most importantly, the fact that Valia took some time out from her uni studies to meet me and film this video is yet another example of her generosity of spirit and genuine interest to be of service to help future generations of ambitious IB students like yourself.

Take her advice to heart and you’ll start seeing some changes in your time management skills and well-being.

Keep calm and learn on,

Ms Vardaki