IB RESOURCES AND WEBSITES SELF STUDY WITH HACK YOUR COURSE in the USA and Canada

If IB students want to self-study or can not afford tutoring, they might want to use resources outside their textbooks or slides to fully understand the concepts. Here, Hack Your Course AP and IB Tutoring Service has broken down top free and inexpensive resources for IB students to use by subject. This page will be updated with new resources as we find them.

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A. ALL IB SUBJECTS RESOURCES

DESCRIPTION: Sal Khan needs no introduction. He and his team produce high-quality content for all subjects on YouTube. There is also a website that has practice problems.

PROS: 

– Free

– Many videos on most parts of math content

– Good pace and teaching style

CONS: 

– Not IB aligned

– No IB Questions

DESCRIPTION: Savemyexams.com is a website that provides resources and support to students preparing for exams. It offers a range of materials, including study notes, revision guides, past papers, and online courses. The website covers a variety of subjects, including Math, Science, English, and History.

PROS: 

– A variety of courses are covered

– Topic reviews are done more holistically

– They have more topic-specific question banks in comparison with websites like Revision Village

CONS: 

– The free version of it is limited but still useable

– it costs about 75 $/year with its yearly subscription, which is still cheaper than the competition.

A. IB MATH RESOURCES

DESCRIPTION: Mr. Patrick has an extensive library of videos on his YouTube channel and also has a website now. In addition, he goes through many practice questions.

PROS: 

– Free

– Easy to understand

– Well-structured website

CONS: 

– Not IB aligned 

– No IB practice papers

– Can be hard to find what concepts you are looking for)

DESCRIPTION: This is a resource that some IB mathematics students use to improve their content and to practice problems.

PROS: 

– Easy to understand

– Website is well structured

CONS: 

– Not free 

DESCRIPTION: This website is run by an IB math teacher and contains links to many resources for IB students. It is especially helpful for the IA.

PROS: 

– Free

– IB aligned

– Links to many helpful resources such as past IA examples.

CONS: 

– Website is a bit clunky

DESCRIPTION: This website is run by an IB math teacher from Mulgrave school. It contains a chapter by chapter topics of the new IB math curriculum and review packages.

PROS: 

– Free

– IB aligned

– Many pdf and review packages

CONS: 

– needs digging in

– some links are not accessible unless you are a Mulgrave student

DESCRIPTION: This website is run by an IB teacher who has a PhD in math

PROS: 

– Free (accepts donations)

– IB aligned

– Simple layout

-Lecture notes available

CONS: 

– The solution to the questions is the mark scheme itself with no further comments

DESCRIPTION: This website is run by an IB teacher

PROS: 

– Free

– IB aligned

– Sample Papers

-Examples from other resources

– IA samples with examiners’ comments

CONS: 

– The curriculum is still old (you will need to check chapter by chapter then)

– Some resources are not strictly made for IB students

– little bit difficult to figure things out

DESCRIPTION: This website has categorized exam papers into subjects for AA HL and SL

PROS: 

– Personalized approach

– One of a kind!

CONS: 

– basic design

– Not Free (75 USD/Year)

DESCRIPTION: Jack McRobert is a mathematics teacher and his website provides notes and videos for all AA and AI subjects including both SL and HL
PROS:
– Mostly free (the printable version of the notes are not free)
– IB aligned

CONS: 

– not many IB sample questions

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B. IB ENGLISH RESOURCES

DESCRIPTION: Website containing many Literary analysis guides (poems, novels, Shakespeare works).

PROS: 

– Analysis is in-depth and the language is sophisticated

– Poetry guides are comprehensive, including line-by-line, symbolism, theme, historical, and literary devices analysis.

CONS: 

– Monthly subscription costing $9.95 USD.

DESCRIPTION: Various videos regarding IB English literature, language and literature, and Theater. 

PROS: 

– Great step by step modelling

CONS: 

– Focuses on non-fiction text analysis.

– Limited number of videos

DESCRIPTION: Various videos regarding IB IA or individual oral assessment

PROS: 

– Very clear step by step modelling

CONS: 

– Some higher-level academic language used may require a little explanation as you follow along.

– Limited number of videos

DESCRIPTION: Library of Canadian Poets and poems that can be used for extended essay or poetry analysis composition

PROS: 

– Provides a bank of well-known Canadian poets for students to refer to should they need to find a poem for a poetry analysis assignment.

CONS: 

– Includes some classic and some not as well-known modern poets

DESCRIPTION: Sample student writing and the examiner’s comments on the writing.

PROS: 

– Gives tips and advice to write a successful exam essay.

CONS: 

– Only one sample

DESCRIPTION: Outlines and resources on all things English IB, SL and HL

PROS: 

– Lots of tips and samples of writing and topics.

CONS: 

– Limited to some novel studies

DESCRIPTION: Provided sample essays and a breakdown of comments by IB assessors.

PROS: 

– Gives firsthand examples and tips on how to write successfully for the English exam

CONS: 

– Limited to only a few works.

C. IB CHEMISTRY RESOURCES

DESCRIPTION: Mr. Thornley produces IB aligned chemistry content and has an incredibly popular YouTube channel (13 million views).

PROS: 

– Free

– IB aligned (split into SL and HL)

– Good pace and teaching style

CONS: 

– No practice problems or solutions to problems

DESCRIPTION: Mr. DeWitt has many high-quality chemistry videos on his YouTube channel.

PROS: 

– Free

– Many videos on all parts of the chemistry content

– Good pace and teaching style

CONS: 

– Not IB aligned (you will have to look for the topics and learn how much you need to learn for IB)

DESCRIPTION: This is a comprehensive look at the chemistry IA and highlights all the things that you need to include in your IA. Do not forget to read our own Science IA Guide.

PROS: 

– Comprehensive

– Includes IB marking breakdown

– Includes information on the most difficult parts of the IA

CONS: 

– No previous IA examples.

DESCRIPTION: This is a website made and operated by Patrick Brnanac. 

PROS: 

– It has exam papers sorted out by subjects

CONS: 

– The watermarks on the papers can become annoying

– website is clunky, ugly with dozens of broken links

DESCRIPTION: This website contains short but comprehensive IB chemistry tutorial videos for both the HL and SL syllabus.

PROS: 

– Free 

– IB aligned 

– Easy to understand 

– Contains free problem sets (worksheets)

CONS: 

– Since videos are short, some concepts may not be fully explained.

6. IB Dead

DESCRIPTION: This website includes revision guide for each topic in the HL Chemistry.

PROS: 

– Free 

– IB aligned

– Easy To understand

– Brief

– Great for last-minute studying

CONS: 

– Only contains HL biology notes 

DESCRIPTION: This website has short notes for each chapter in Chemistry SL and HL but not options.

PROS: 

– Free 

– IB aligned

CONS: 

– Does not contain options

– Only brief notes; no questions

D. IB BIOLOGY RESOURCES

DESCRIPTION: This is a website that covers all the IB material in a structured format. There are explanations with videos, images, and text about each topic in a concise manner. 

PROS: 

– Free 

– IB aligned 

– Structured

– Comprehensive

– Includes summary PDFs, study application, and worksheets

CONS: 

– No IB exam samples

DESCRIPTION: Mr. Lee is an IB teacher who has videos for all the biology content. He is also immensely popular (4 million views), and his content is straightforward to understand.

PROS: 

– Free 

– IB aligned 

-Theory focused videos.

CONS: 

– No IB practice questions.

DESCRIPTION: This is a highly popular YouTube channel (over 1.3 billion views) that covers all the crucial topics for IB. The videos are very entertaining, engaging, and informative.

PROS: 

– Free 

– Extremely high-quality videos.

-Theoretical information is well researched and presented unambiguously.

CONS: 

– Not IB aligned.

– No practice questions.

– The speakers might sometimes speak very fast and can be hard to pick up on all the details.

DESCRIPTION: This is a website similar to Bio Ninja that is structured according to each topic. In addition, there are very informative slideshows, extra resources, and practice questions for each sub-topic.

PROS: 

– Free 

– IB aligned

– Comprehensive, including many resources and IB questions

CONS: 

– The website can sometimes feel a bit old.

– Solutions to practice questions are paid (to their preferred charities).

DESCRIPTION: Ms. Castle is an IB biology teacher who makes videos that cover all of SL biology. Her videos are engaging and incredibly clear to understand.

PROS: 

– Free 

– IB aligned

CONS: 

– Only SL Biology topics covered.

– No practice problems

6. IB Dead

DESCRIPTION: This website includes a short 1-2 page revision guide for each topic in the SL Biology curriculum.

PROS: 

– Free 

– IB aligned

– Easy To understand

– Brief

– Great for last-minute studying

CONS: 

– Only contains SL biology notes 

7. Oxford IB Biology Study Guide

DESCRIPTION: This website includes a short 1-2 page revision guide for each topic in the SL Biology curriculum. [We won’t be putting any links here because of Copyright concerns but you can easily find the digital copy online or buy one from Amazon!]

PROS: 

– Explanations are brief & easy to understand 

– Concepts made easier with the addition of illustrations 

– Great for last-minute studying 

CONS: 

– Not Free

DESCRIPTION: Hoover is an IB biology and ESS teacher, and on this channel, you can find videos on most of the topics in IB Biology and IB ESS. He also has a website that sells access to the complete version alongside quizzes at the end of each video (We are not sure since we do not have access to it)

PROS: 

– well explained videos for both IB biology and IB ESS Topic

CONS: 

– The complete version is not free

E. IB PHYSICS RESOURCES

DESCRIPTION: Mr. G is an IB Physics teacher who runs a website with notes for IB physics. He has also included many videos and resources from other creators.

PROS: 

– Free

– IB aligned

– Comprehensive

CONS: 

– Less engaging

DESCRIPTION: Chris Doner has very in-depth videos on all the IB content in a structured format. He covers theory but also goes through solutions for practice problems.

PROS: 

– Free (you can become a Patron member and donate!)

– IB aligned

– Engaging videos

CONS: 

– No HL Options included

– No additional practice questions

DESCRIPTION: This is not a website. It is a well-annotated booklet on Google Drive by Boaz. There is also another one by Miro

PROS: 

– Well-annotated physics data booklet

CONS:
– everything else practically

F. EXTENDED ESSAY RESOURCES

DESCRIPTION: This website was set up by the West Sound Academy for their students but is accessible to all. It provides a step-by-step guide to nail the Extended essay without burning out. It also has helpful tutorials on finding resources, citations etc. 

PROS: 

– Free

– IB aligned

– Up to date

– Comprehensive

CONS: 

– Website is a bit clunky 

– Some of the videos do not play on the website

G. IB ECONOMICS RESOURCES

DESCRIPTION: Jacob Clifford produces Economics YouTube tutorials mainly for AP Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. However, the content of the AP curriculum is very similar to that of IB.

PROS: 

– Free

– IB aligned

–  Easy to understand

– Contains practice problems 

– Comprehensive

CONS: 

– Does not include the ‘Developmental Economics’ Section in the IB syllabus.

2. IB Economics in a Nutshell Book

DESCRIPTION: This exam study guide contains all the topics in both the SL and HL curriculum. 

PROS: 

– Explanations are brief easy to understand 

– IB aligned!

–  Great for last-minute studying 

– Comprehensive

CONS: 

– Not Free

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

1. Math: Christos Nikolaidis Website

He is a part-time teacher at Moraitis School, in Athens, Greece. He has his lecture notes, exercises, and example samples with answers for math AA and Math AI. It is free, and he accepts donations.

2. Math: 3Blue1Brown

This website, while not necessarily aligned with the International Baccalaureate curriculum, boasts exceptional contributions from individuals such as Grant Sanderson and others, who have expertly demystified the principles of calculus with simplicity and visually compelling graphics, making it accessible and understandable to a broad audience. The service is free, but you can buy shirts, cups, socks, and hoodies from their shop or subscribe through their Patreon.

3. Chemistry: Mr. Weng Chemistry Website: this is a subscription-based IB chemistry guide with notes, videos, and exam solutions. It costs up to 100 USD per two years. It has detailed videos of both the topics and explanations of IB exam papers.

4. English: Litlearn

This website is a platform that provides practice materials for individuals preparing for the International Baccalaureate (IB) English examination. The site offers a small collection of practice papers, along with detailed answers and explanations, designed to help students build their skills and confidence as they work towards achieving their academic goals. In addition, the website is designed to be user-friendly and accessible, making it a resource for anyone looking to improve their performance in the IB English examination.

The website requires an annual subscription fee of 179 USD. While it aspires to be comprehensive, there is a need for improvement in certain areas. Additionally, we encountered difficulties during the sign-up process for the website.

5. Biology: My Science Squad

The website provides useful materials for reviewing and learning biology and some chemistry, with a heavier focus on biology. Visitors can access videos, exam papers, and even some free materials from the InThinking website.

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