So, you have finally decided to choose the IB Maths at Higher Level. It doesn’t matter if you have selected an IB Maths AI or IB Maths AA, the topics are common in both.

IB Maths Higher Level is one of the two options provided after choosing your IB Maths domain. There are two levels in IB Maths AA: standard and higher. The IB Maths higher level allows students to study for extra 90 hours to complete the course as higher-level IB Maths focuses on in-depth concepts and analysis.

Here is a hands-on approach on how a student can prepare for IB Maths Higher Level:

1. Identify The Strength And Weakness

Well, just like the SWOT analysis, you got to analyze your strength and weakness as the preliminary step. The areas of the subject within the IB Maths Higher Level are mostly the ones students have already studied briefly in schools. This can help you identify the topics of your interest and the weak areas.

Secondly, for further analysis, you can look up past year’s questions papers and know the level of questions. Next, start solving the basic questions and then increase the difficulty step by step. Try to clear every single doubt as you proceed further for a clear frame of mind.

Next, try solving the questions of the same area through related past year papers. This will help students solve questions and contribute to their confidence level.

2. Time Of Solving Questions Matter

Once you are confident that you can solve any question before you, your focus should be on solving it in the minimum time possible. It all comes down to the time spent solving questions. Thus, try analyzing your solution and eliminate the unnecessary steps.

Practicing the questions matters. The more you practice by challenging your maths skills like skipping unnecessary steps and doing calculations orally, the better you get to solve them correctly. The rule is that the steps should be nothing more and nothing less.

3. Focus On Controlling The Concentration Curve

As per the concentration curve, there is one point when the student deflects its focus while solving, and then the process needs to begin again from scratch. This leads to a wastage of time that you can’t afford as an IB Maths student.

The trick to controlling your concentration curve is by increasing the concentration time initially and decreasing the time after you have reached the peak and are about to lose focus. The questions need to be dealt with smartly herein. This means the questions carrying maximum marks should be attempted when the concentration is at its peak, whereas the questions of lesser marks like 6 to 8 marks, should be solved first when the concentration curve has just begun to elevate. For the last, i.e., when the curve starts to fall after reaching its peak, the easiest questions or only reviewing of questions should be left.

This optimal allocation helps you make the best use of your concentration.

4. Formulas On Your Fingertips

Essential formulas are a key to quick problem-solving. There should be no time spent memorizing them. They should just be the first thing in mind. These formulas help you save time in solving questions. They also get you more marks. Also, stress should be given in deriving these formulas and understanding the theorems. This is important if you are an IB Maths Higher Level student.

To ace all formulas, you should keep reciting them loudly and always solve questions with memorized formulas (not after peeking them from the book).

5. Avoid Common Study Errors

By avoiding minimal and common study errors, students can ace it easily. One of the most common errors is not clarifying the ongoing doubts. Sometimes due to lack of resources, the doubts remain uncleared. This takes a toll on problem-solving. However, there are ample resources available to help you clear your doubts. Take efforts to find the one. The speediest way is to take professional help (if any).

Secondly, go along with the syllabus smoothly by spreading it throughout the year. Follow a proper timetable and follow it religiously. Do not start studying when the exams are closer. Attend the classes and cover the part and the curriculum to not fall short of time in the end.


Picking IB Maths Higher level seems like a challenge in itself. Along with these, you have five others subjects to focus on simultaneously. This takes a toll on the preparation. However, the IB Maths Higher Level is not impossible to crack with proper planning and motivation.

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