The 5 Best Revision Resources for IBDP Chinese SL B


Wednesday 19th July 2018: 10:00 pm HKT

    The Five Best Revision Resources for IB Chinese SL B

You probably sometimes are in a dilemma in deciding on how to revise for your upcoming IBDP examinations. It is not something to panic on, so let’s slow down and ponder over what revision resources are suitable for IB Chinese. Why is studying IB Chinese SL B the easiest to score points. Well, it is because students study efficiently for their Chinese exams.


This article will provide an overview of what methods of revision are best suited for the IB Chinese SL B Course. When students revise for their International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, they must plan ahead of their time and decide on a revision plan to stick by. There are a range of revision resources to assess your knowledge and understanding of IB Chinese. A particular emphasis on five different methods of revision will be highlighted such as past papers, flashcards, essay writing, vocabulary banks and worksheets. These resources are absolutely key to mastering the IBDP Chinese course and will increase the chances of achieving a Level 7.   


Revision Resource 1: Past Papers (过去的论文, Guòqù dì lùnwén)  


There are many ways that past papers have been beneficial to preparing for the real exam. Please remember that past examination papers will not only help you to predict which questions or topics may arise in the real exam.  Past papers have been proven to the best revision resource in the IGCSE and IBDP Syllabus.


The most common usage for past papers is to simply practice answer questions such as multiple choice, short and long answer questions. This can help you in:

  • Assessing whether you have learnt the Chinese material and develop an insightful understanding to the topic(s)
  • Understanding plays a major role in distinguishing between memorizing and knowledge based on a subject
  • Practicing past papers is a common purpose for revision due to getting a grip on examination technique in order to become better equipped for the final examination
  • To familiarize yourself with format of the examination, the type of questions, timings and the style of which it is phrased in

Please be aware that the format of the examination is subject to change every year due to changes in topics and syllabus. It is imperative to practice previous examination papers to be based upon a timed setting. This can be helpful for a range of reasons:

  • To determine application of questions without any revision aids
  • Get used to timing constraints because additional time won’t be provided to you in the real examination
  • Trial examinations or mock examinations are provided to get a sense of how it feels like to be sitting in the real examination


For focus and organization    

  • By comparing the past examination papers with the course outline and syllabus statements helps organize your plans or outlines
  • It gives an idea of how much detail is expected in the answers of the examination questions
  • Practice synthesizing answers for examination questions


Deeper Learning

  • Ask yourself questions about the content you learnt and try to test yourself on it
  • Examiner reports of previous examination papers provide a professional insight to the viewpoint of examiners and their perception on the paper
  • Use past papers as a template to guide for revision

Revision Resource 2: Flashcards (网络卡片,Wǎngluò kǎpiàn


Flashcards are an excellent method of revision because they contain key words and phrases from each topic of the IBDP Chinese SL B Syllabus such as Health and Environmental Protection. These flashcards can provide students with prompts to recognize and memorize Chinese words, especially when the Chinese characters along with the English meanings.


Quizlet sets are particularly useful for all sorts of learners such as auditory and visual because it reviews a range of vocabulary sets, which allows the user to be assessed on them based on multiple interactive games from matching to shooting games. These games thoroughly engages students for equipping them with a strong knowledge and understanding of each unit being reviewed. For learning a new unit never studied previously before it absolutely appealing.


Kahoot is an online platform where people are allowed to publish their own set of questions or keywords on a certain subject. Students can undertake a set of games including multiple choice quizzes that supports educational technology in schools, which provides a great support system to their learning. It can also be used to review the students knowledge in formative assessment.    

Revision Resource 3: Essay Writing (写作,Xiězuò

In preparation for the IBDP Chinese SL B  Paper 2 Writing Examination, students are strongly encouraged to write essays in the different formats (blogs, letters, articles, diary entries and speech). When students practice, they are able to develop their skills of writing in a cohesive manner. Using the vocabulary learnt throughout the course, student incorporate them. Idioms learnt in each topic can be written within different questions of the syllabus.


After a number of essays have been written by students in the past and can act as a great source of revision. When students look back at their previous writing tasks to understand format and examination criteria requirements. Before commencing the essay, you must  Here’s a top tip, The best method of revising using the essay writing approach is to memorize your sample essays before the examination as students are well familiar with the structure of essay writing in different formats.

Revision Resource 4: Vocabulary Banks (词汇库, Cíhuì kù


IB Chinese SL B students are strongly encouraged to prepare their very own vocabulary banks that contain all the necessary vocabulary to each relevant topic. These vocabulary train students to use them extensively in their individual orals, interactive orals, written assignments and Paper 2 writing examinations. Even Paper 1 Reading Comprehension requires a competent level of vocabulary understanding in the multiple choice answer questions. A benefit of including sophisticated Chinese vocabulary is to promote richness and substance to the context of the essay. It provides the examiner with a deeper insight with what is being conveyed. Vocabulary banks suggest a great form of organization and clarity in determining what words are most appropriate for their respective topics.     


Students create idiom and sentence structure lists to use in their writing examinations or even other assessments. As IB learners, the IBO aims to maximize their students potential by being exposed to a range of vocabulary, idioms and sentence structures. This is becoming the massive difference between IGCSE and IBDP Chinese courses, which becomes what students develop competency at.

Revision Resource 4: Worksheets (工作表,Gōngzuò biǎo


Chinese teachers often provide worksheets or handouts to their students with the intention of training students to become better equipped for their upcoming examinations. Worksheets usually consist of detailed explanations of key words and phrases in Chinese and in what context they are used in. In particular, worksheets are useful in the provision of step by step tutorial guides through images and diagrams, so students are able to visualize specific idioms and vocabulary in preparation for their examination. In worksheets, there are several interactive activities that students indulge in to encourage learning. The structure of worksheets also reflects the method and pace of which students learn because if someone is a visual learner they learn best with the power of visualizing certain graphics or characters in the Chinese language.  



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