About Us

What's your mission?

We founded IBMastery to make IB work better for IB students, parents and teachers around the world. 

We seek-out and interview the best IB teachers we can find (and we read a lot). And then we put the insights together in easy-to-understand ways. 

It's all about helping you achieve better results, in less time and with less stress. We want you to have more time to enjoy your week, without having to worry about your grades so much.  

Why a site like this?

I (Tim) was approached to write a textbook, either for TOK, Business or Economics. They said it was my choice. I was flattered and said I needed to think about it for a while. But then I turned them down. I figured, the world didn't really need another textbook. (And I wanted to do something that hadn't really been done before.) I could see that there are a lot of students who would appreciate the insights of another teacher. 

And I know we're all trying to consume more of our information through videos these days.

tim-and-bettina-in-italyTim's story

As important as good-grades are, what really drives me is helping to reduce their stress. I remember finding it very stressful to raise my performance in High School, while at the same time trying to maintain a social life and make major decisions about my life.

IB students today are busier than ever. I love helping to reduce your stress, so you can make good decisions and stay balanced in your life.  

I come from a family of teachers and social workers, so I grew up hearing a lot about people struggling. And I know that no one becomes successful without help. My family struggled a lot financially when I was growing up --which is partly why I love teaching subjects like Business, Economics and Politics today. There were some very lean times in my family when we weren't even sure if we could pay our mortgage. We relied on our community and we wouldn't have been successful without the help of our friends. 

I'm lucky to have been raised in the middle of Canada, canoeing every summer and spending my time with people who care about their community and the environment. So, I want to pay forward the support I was given growing up. 

Are you qualified?

Besides being a teacher (for 13+ years, in 5 countries), I have taught IB Econ, Business and TOK for about 9 years. I'm also a fully-accredited Professionally Certified Coach (PCC), with the International Coaching Federation. (That credential requires at least 700 hours of verified individual and team coaching.) So I am qualified to help people with academic and non-academic issues. Good decisions require clear thinking and coaching is great for helping you clarify your aims and realize ways that will work better for you personally. I also have 3 degrees from Canada and one from the UK.

Well, you seem ok enough. Is there something I should worry about?

No! :)

We've got tons and tons of of great, free resources on the blog. (About 3000 people use those every day, including a lot of teachers and teacher-examiners) so they must be pretty good.)

Also all of the not-free IBMastery resource are guaranteed and most have a free trial, so you can try what you need and see if it's helping you. As I said, this isn't a money thing for us. We are trying to offer something unique and extremely valuable for the IB community --resources and support that almost every IB student can say helped them at some point. 

This project is about giving back and building a platform that gives out as much value as possible to the IB community. All the money that comes in goes into maintaining and developing and growing supporting the services we offer.) If you want to support the mission, we'd really appreciate it!  

If you think you might like an extra boost with your IB experience (and particularly with TOK, Business, Econ, Global Politics, your college applications or anything else) we'd be honoured to play a role in your success. None of us can do this on our own. 

Tim Woods 

(B.A., B.Ed., MBA, PCC)