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Good grades are only the beginning. 

I founded IBMastery to make IB work better for IB students, parents and teachers around the world. More learning, less stress and a more of a feeling of having time to think about (and do more of) things that matter.

I want students to finish IB feeling more balanced, more healthy and with more clarity about your values and priorities. 

To this end, I seek-out and interview great IB teachers and I have lots of conversations with students to figure out what's working best. I also read a lot and do little experiments myself. Finally, I try to combine all of the insights I've gathered and create easy-to-understand, easy-to-follow materials students can use to do well in their IB assessments.

Hopefully, with the help of IBMastery you won't have to worry about your grades anymore. And then, with that weight lifted off your shoulders you'll feel you have more free time to actually learn about things you're interested in, you'll have a little more time for your relationships with your friends and your parents and you'll enjoy the sense of having more options  

Why a site like this?

IBMastery began as me just sharing my lesson materials with my students online (so I wouldn't have to print things out). These pages were found by students and teachers in other schools. It made me really happy to help so many people at once (currently around 4000 people very day!!!). This feels amazing for a teacher like me --to help so many people. So, I've kept making resources to help students with the challenges I could see them facing. And I've been developing resources for IBMastery now for about 11 years. 

I have been approach to write textbooks for my subjects (TOK, Business, Economics or Global Politics), but I feel at the moment that there's more potential with an online site like this, to reach students with videos and other means that are a bit easer to learn from. 

Tim's story

As important as good-grades are, what really drives me is helping to reduce your 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.

Actually, my problem was often that I didn't know how to study. And I didn't know what a good essay was supposed to look like. I kept on feeling like I had to figure these things out for myself. Hopefully IBMastery makes these things easier for you. As an IB student, you are busier today than I was in high school, so I'm really pleased when I can help.

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. And I really love TOK, the way it helps us sharpen our thinking --it helps me the same way.

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 though?

Besides being a teacher (for 15+ years, in 5 countries), I have taught IB Econ, Business and TOK for about 10 years. Global Politics is a newer course, but I've been involved in it for several years as well. 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 (History, Education, and an MBA)

This seems good!

Yep! :) We've got tons and tons of of great, free resources on the blog. (About 4000 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 (i.e. with TOK, Business, Econ, Global Politics, your college applications or anything else) I'd be honored to play a role in your success.  

None of us can do this on our own. 

Tim Woods 

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