Hi, everyone! I’m Bee. I’m 18 years old and I’m American but I’m living in Germany with my family.
I studied in the MYP, then moved on to the IB and I graduated in May, 2016. I took:
HL: English A language and literature, geography, visual arts
SL: biology, german ab initio, math
my gap year
After the IB, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to study, and what I wanted to do in life, so decided to take a gap year! I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to be a teacher for either Art, English, or Geography, so I decided to work on:
Study guides for the ib
I am making study guides for the ib subjects that I took. I decided to do this because I thought it would really help me figure out what I like studying and spending time on outside of school, when it’s not for a grade (and it has). They have also helped me improve my communication skills, and keep my knowledge of these subjects updated!
My art portfolio
Since I might want to be an art teacher, I need to work on my portfolio and improve my skills. I’ve been sort of relearning art, starting at the basics with anatomy, perspective, etc., which I never really did in school. It’s been hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun!
Both of my parents are American and I grew up in America, so the only language that I can really converse in comfortably is English. I studied Dutch and Spanish in school, but coming to Germany is when I actually got to practice it in real situations, so I decided I want to improve my German to a native speaker level (an eventual goal, I’m only at B1 right now!).
I wanted to do tutoring for two reasons; to save up money for university, and obviously it would help a lot to gain real-life experience for teaching.
Random little odd-jobs
This is really just to help pay for university. I’m starting in Maastricht in September, and I have to pay international fees which are not cheap! I wanted to spend my free time this year saving up as much as possible.
my study guides
I make study guides for the ib! So far, I have some for art, biology, and geography, and I plan to continue to add to them!
At the moment, I have finished:
- study guides for all the geography core topics
- study guides for all the biology core topics
- a syllabus overview for visual arts with examples of good works
- a presentation on the artist elements and principles
And I’m currently working on:
- a study guide for biology option d (human physiology)
- study guides for geography chapter 7.2 changing space: the shrinking world
- a presentation on a brief history of art (this will take a long time; it’s brief, but there is still a lot of history, as I’m starting at the beginning of the art records. I’m going into a lot of detail, because this is actually helping me just as much because I want to study fine arts!)
- a presentation briefly going through the math sl studies syllabus (it won’t be to the extent that geography and biology are, because I didn’t understand math that well but I will be providing links for every topic to sites that helped me a lot)
I plan on posting regularly (twice a week) on a couple of topics:
- Lifestyle : recipes, college life, ib life, etc.
- Studying : tips and tricks, advice, etc.
I started this blog to help students of the IB, university, and generally any other students. I’ve been part of the studyblr community for a while, and using my blog to show my study guides, but I decided to make the switch to a real blog, because I wanted to focus more on my content that really helps people, and to be able to do this in more depth.
My short term goals (within six months) are to:
- have 20 unique visitors per day
- start a sponsorship
- finish study guides for geography, art, and biology
- start an email newsletter
- post five times a day on pinterest
- join a network
- start a twitter
My long term goals are to:
- publish an e-book
- finish all guides for
- all geography topics
- all biology topics
- subjects I didn’t take in the IB
- build sponsorships with IB schools
I’d also love to hear from everyone! You can get in touch with me through:
- email: if you have a more personal or longer question, feel free to email me! I always try to reply to my emails as soon as I can.
- comments: please, start a discussion in the comments! I really like to hear everyone’s opinions, and if you have any suggestions of any kind for me, don’t hesitate
- tumblr: i regularly check my tumblr, so if you want you can head on over and send me an ask or a message. I love getting messages, so I’ll respond to those pretty quickly