IB All Alone

I distinctly remember hearing about the possibility of taking online classes and immediately dismissing the idea. The thought of having to trek through an IB diploma course on my own with no physical teacher or classmates was not the most appealing, let alone the rumour that online courses were a fantastic way to drop your IB score by 4 points. Needless to say, I was not enthused by the prospect, but a part of me was tempted to scrap my preconceptions for the opportunity to study a passion of mine: film. Drama was my art of choice at school for as long as I can remember, but I always took a particular interest in the technical and behind-the-scenes aspects of my favourite films and TV shows. Of course, you can engage in your interests outside of school, but it’s not quite the same as being able to study it as part of your diploma. Being able to spend lesson time learning about something I really love was an offer that was too hard to turn down.

A few weeks into the DP, I took the plunge and haven’t looked back; taking film online is one of the best decisions I’ve made and, to my own surprise, this subject became one of my strongest.The free periods that are dedicated to my online film course are some of the best times I look forward to during the school week. I would describe it as a double period of peace and serenity and an opportunity to zone out from the chaos and noise of the school day. Whilst the lack of face to face teaching and social interaction can be challenging at times, the positives far outweigh the negatives. The independence is freeing and the support and feedback offered is actually just as beneficial as they are with in-person teaching. 

I can’t speak for all, but from my own experience, I can say that the notorious reputation of online courses is undeserved and false. All I heard in year 11 was how they were a “recipe for disaster” and a “pathway to failure”. In reality, studying a unique course that you truly enjoy will make the process doable. Use your time effectively, take genuine interest, and you will be able to succeed. 

So, to any year 11s choosing  their IB courses: if there is a subject that sparks your interest and isn’t offered at school, take a quick look at Pamoja, the online learning platform. It’s never too late to change your mind!