Launching a Mentoring Business for International Baccalaureate Students with IBreezy | County Leader of St George and Sutherland

A chance meeting in Europe was the key to the creation of a tutoring business launched by two young co-founders.

Shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic, 19-year-old Joseph Booth from Mortdale traveled to Spain for the International Baccalaureate (IB) to improve his speaking skills.

An alternative to the HSC, the IB delivers a globally recognized diploma. It emphasizes critical and analytical thinking and is geared towards college preparation.

Joseph, an alumnus of Trinity Grammar, met Ana-Maria, fellow Sydney, at a cafe. She was also there for the same reason. Since graduating, they have started a mentorship organization called IBreezy to help students navigate the IB.

“The IB has done so much for us that we thought we should give back,” said Joseph. “It’s more than a results-based program, it’s a personal development journey.

Joseph, who scored 44 out of a possible 45 points in the IB (an ATAR equivalent of 99.75), is studying business at UNSW.

He said it was a great alternative to “restrictive HSC”.

“I see more developmental progression because they’re learning things that really interest them,” he said. “It’s student-driven. I studied aviation for my homework, and Ana-Maria, Indigenous rap music. It’s an engagement rather than a spoonful program. It allows for flexibility, not regurgitation of content.”

In New South Wales, only independent schools offer the IB. Joseph said that since the schools went into lockdown there was a high demand for students wanting to explore the IB.

“Australia are behind it,” Joseph said. “Because the IB is not widely known, it hampers the ability to grow. It is unfortunate that students do not have the same opportunity in public schools. It forces students to be independent learners. We found a great need for lockdown for this because the students were already online so they were productive.”

IB awarded students receive an overall mark rather than an ATAR. A student’s UAC ranking is based on the overall score out of 45 based on the subject grades.

The conversion of IB scores will be more finely tuned in 2022, according to the University Admissions Center (UAC), with the introduction of a new conversion schedule.

The change will provide more graduations for IB students on the same score and more accurate mapping of their score to a UAC rank.

“The new system will be a big improvement for students and universities because we will have a better way to accurately classify IB students,” said Kim Paino, IB’s Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer. UAC.

Joseph said this would make it fair, but more difficult to “deliver results”. “It’s fairer, but for higher level students it’s a disadvantage,” he said.

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