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Your View: IB Course Companions & Study Guides

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Recently I came across an IB course companion book for Chemistry and it seemed pretty interesting. Although it wasn't mine, I'm thinking of purchasing one. What are your views on study guides and course companions? Do any of you actually use them? Are they helpful? i wanna hear your thoughts and opinions.

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I use the course companians for chem, bio, and econ..they are good because they are basically the objectives (especially with bio and econ)..with chem its either our teacher wants us to learn more than we need or the course companian is not enough info..she writes completely difficult notes and says that the course companian is not sufficient enough..BUT in general i think the course companian is a useful resource to have ^_^

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The study guides are more useful than the course companions, IMO, because the course comps are basically another textbook..and if you already have another IB textbook then it's not really necessary.

The study guides, on the other hand, are basically like a summary of the most important things you need to know and it's a very useful resource when studying for exams.

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I like the bio course companion (with the tiger) because ive gone through most of it and everything we learn now, i already know ^_^ . Ive heard its also pretty good for exam review except that you should summarize the info in it as some of it overlaps or really isnt worth reading over and over

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I like the bio course companion (with the tiger) because ive gone through most of it and everything we learn now, i already know :) . Ive heard its also pretty good for exam review except that you should summarize the info in it as some of it overlaps or really isnt worth reading over and over

So would you reccommend getting the bio one or the other one?

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I use the course companians for chem, bio, and econ..they are good because they are basically the objectives (especially with bio and econ)..with chem its either our teacher wants us to learn more than we need or the course companian is not enough info..she writes completely difficult notes and says that the course companian is not sufficient enough..BUT in general i think the course companian is a useful resource to have :P

witch one do you use for for economics? i use the 'economics course companion' oxford press, authors: blink and dorton

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We are using the Course Companion for biology and chemistry. They are good, as in, they contain the inoformation you need to know, but if you already have a textbook which is from IB, then I wouldn't really recommend purchasing it, just a waste of money. Instead try to get this other book I have Chemistry by John Green and Sadru Damji, which has everything arranged as per the syllabus. I dunno if they have updated the Bio one or not, I have the edition with the previous syllabi, so I wouldn't recommend it 100%, though I still find it useful because it has these questions at the end of each chapter which help you revise and see if you have got it right or not.

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I personally like the tiger textbook for the IB, it's actually the course companion but we don't use anything else in class. I would also recommend the Math and Economics course companions, they are very useful to have. For Economics, our textbook is "Economics From A Global Perspective" by Robert Glanville. He knows his stuff.

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I personally like the tiger textbook for the IB, it's actually the course companion but we don't use anything else in class. I would also recommend the Math and Economics course companions, they are very useful to have. For Economics, our textbook is "Economics From A Global Perspective" by Rovert Glanville. He knows his stuff.

Oh please, Vvi, the big green economics textbook sucks! It's soo dry and boring, it almost made me drop Economics, but the Economics Course companion is the best! The problem with the science course companions is that they are now outdated, so better purchase an IB science book from Heinemann, since this has stuff according to the new (2009) syllabus.

What do you people think of the English A1 course companion? We don't use it in class, I use it in my free time, but according to my teacher I make no improvements, but then again he says that to everybody and is generally a very unpopular teacher at my school.

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The study guides aren't super useful but they are like revision books you have a look at before your test and such..

It's good to have everything summarized of course. I guess it depends on how you plan your studies. If you are the "must have an outline and a to do list" kind of organized person then I recommend the study guides.

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Oh please, Vvi, the big green economics textbook sucks! It's soo dry and boring, it almost made me drop Economics, but the Economics Course companion is the best! The problem with the science course companions is that they are now outdated, so better purchase an IB science book from Heinemann, since this has stuff according to the new (2009) syllabus.

To each their own opinion. The revision guides help only if you have learnt the material before. As our Economics teacher uses the revision guide to teach us without us having any proper background, I find Glanville useful. And to his credit, one of our school's students read the book through in a few days right before his exams, and got a 6 or 7. That student is now studying at St. Andrews in Scotland thanks to his 37 on the IB.

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What's the difference between a course companion and a study guide? Is the course companion more detailed?

For Bio I use "Biology for the IB diploma" by Clegg and the Bio Oxford study guide by Allott. For Chemistry I use Advanced Chemistry (it's actually a blue gigantic textbook and it's not specifically made for IB ) and the Chem Oxford study guide by Geoffrey Neuss.

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Course companions are textbooks written for the IB, and revision guides are the booklets written for IB with summaries of all the information in the syllabus.

Not all teacher's use course companions, my school's psychology class uses a huge fat book by someone called Gross (appropriate for the amount of material). Teacher's sometimes assign A-Level textbooks, we had this in Bio, but the problem is that they either contain less material than required by the syllabus, and more often than not have too much extra information that isn't needed at all.

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Yes, you can get a 7 from reading Glanville's book only. But most people find it boring, and the practise multiple choice questions are quite useless now, since the IBO removed them from Economics papers

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Course companions are textbooks written for the IB, and revision guides are the booklets written for IB with summaries of all the information in the syllabus.

Not all teacher's use course companions, my school's psychology class uses a huge fat book by someone called Gross (appropriate for the amount of material). Teacher's sometimes assign A-Level textbooks, we had this in Bio, but the problem is that they either contain less material than required by the syllabus, and more often than not have too much extra information that isn't needed at all.

Exactly! Our chemistry textbook is huge it's for A-Level and has a lot of extra information.

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If you really want to go for scoring good marks, then go for textbooks (try to get as many different ones as you can). As 'Practice makes a man nearly perfect'. As for course companions, then can be useful as revision guides for a quick look at the questions at exams.

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study guides and course companions are very VERY good =)

theyre usually terse and to-the-point, and they contain everything u need to know

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ye, i am thinking of buying a course companion/study guide, but the question i have is should i wait for the 2008 to come out or they re pretty muc hthe same??

thanks in advance

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I bought the bio, chem, and econ course companions but IMO, you only need the study guides and a good text book (like, heinamm, IBID, etc.) for chem and bio. You should study from a textbook and then just review from the study guide.

The course companion does NOT have all the info that you need so dont rely on it so much if you do buy it

Although the econ course companion is really gd and i highly recomend it .

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the companion for economics is VERY VERY good actually, it helps you know what you need in a fast way. and OF COURSE, the McGee book is very useful too as it helps you learn in depth. i so recommend using both books for revising economics.

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Well, CodeRed15, I myself have a Chemistry STUDY GUIDE, which I find much more helpful than the damn Course Companion. The Course Companion is longer, misses crucial details, and has unnecessary examples. The Study Guide is best because it's concise and very handy. For those who have biology, I recommend getting the Study Guide as well, it's the same price and makes your time less wasted. That's all. :P

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Well, CodeRed15, I myself have a Chemistry STUDY GUIDE, which I find much more helpful than the damn Course Companion. The Course Companion is longer, misses crucial details, and has unnecessary examples. The Study Guide is best because it's concise and very handy. For those who have biology, I recommend getting the Study Guide as well, it's the same price and makes your time less wasted. That's all. ^_^

Thanks for your advice. We have the Chemistry study guide as a textbook and frankly we don't even use it. SOme people are like you just read that and you are set for the exam. I don't know what to do.

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I bought the bio, chem, and econ course companions but IMO, you only need the study guides and a good text book (like, heinamm, IBID, etc.) for chem and bio. You should study from a textbook and then just review from the study guide.

The course companion does NOT have all the info that you need so dont rely on it so much if you do buy it

Although the econ course companion is really gd and i highly recomend it .

Yay, I started a thread because I was confused about whether to get a course companion, study guide or the heinemann book for Biology.

Our valedictorian studies off of the Heinemann book and we just this year had a biology teacher change to someone who is completely clueless about how IB works at this point.

I was wondering if you preferred the Heinemann to the study guide or vice versa.

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all hail thee ib study guides.

they are the ultimate life savers in my opinion,

but i would not recommend just using them to learn from.

what we are told is to learn everything in detail and depth from the gigantic textbooks that weigh a ton (all subjects), and refer to the study guides when revising. but i only have study guides for science (bio and chem) since most of the time the teachers refer to the course companions in class to help us.

although at the moment i am considering whether i should purchase a ib course companion for economics~

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all hail thee ib study guides.

they are the ultimate life savers in my opinion,

but i would not recommend just using them to learn from.

what we are told is to learn everything in detail and depth from the gigantic textbooks that weigh a ton (all subjects), and refer to the study guides when revising. but i only have study guides for science (bio and chem) since most of the time the teachers refer to the course companions in class to help us.

although at the moment i am considering whether i should purchase a ib course companion for economics~

Yep, they pretty much summarizes everything for you, but then again nothing is perfect so i wouldn't depend on them too much. Try to practice with more and more questions, but considering that you probably don't have enough time...maybe just try doing all your homework.

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