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5 Ways To Spend Your Summer In Preparation for DP2

Hey future DP2 students!

Summer is just around the corner, and while it’s tempting to kick back and relax, a bit of preparation can go a long way in setting you up for success in your second year of the IBDP. Here are five effective ways to spend your summer, inspired by tips from IB graduates who’ve been there and done that.

1. Revise DP1 Syllabus

One of the most beneficial things you can do over the summer is to revisit the DP1 syllabus. This will help solidify your understanding and ensure you're ready for the more advanced topics in DP2. For Math, we recommend using EdXP to review your concepts. EdXP provides a gamified learning experience where you can train at different levels, earn XP, and see your progress in real-time. It’s a great way to keep your skills sharp and identify any areas you need to work on before the new school year begins.


Spend an hour each day going through one topic on EdXP, starting with the areas you found most challenging during the year. Use the diagnostic features to pinpoint weak spots and focus your efforts there.

2. Work on Your EETOKIA

Your EETOKIAs are a significant part of your IBDP score and starting early can relieve a lot of stress later on. Use the summer to research, outline, and perhaps even draft parts of your assignments. By getting a head start, you’ll have more time during DP2 to refine your work and seek feedback from your supervisor.


Set a goal to complete your EE research and outline by the end of June. Then, spend July drafting sections of your essay. Aim to have a rough draft ready by the start of DP2.

3. Read Ahead for DP2 Subjects

Getting a sneak peek at the DP2 syllabus can give you a huge advantage. Familiarize yourself with the key topics and readings for your subjects. This not only makes the transition smoother but also helps you manage your time better once classes start.


If you’re taking History, read some of the primary texts or start a few chapters from the DP2 textbooks. For sciences, review upcoming topics and experiment with related practical work if possible.

4. Develop Time Management Skills

DP2 will be intense, so mastering time management now will save you a lot of headaches later. Use the summer to develop a system that works for you, whether it’s a planner, a digital calendar, or a bullet journal. Practice balancing study time with relaxation to maintain a healthy routine.


Create a weekly schedule that includes study sessions, extracurricular activities, and relaxation time. Stick to it for a month to see how it works and make adjustments as needed.

5. Engage in Extracurricular Activities

Universities look for well-rounded individuals, and extracurricular activities are a great way to show your interests and skills beyond academics. Summer is a perfect time to get involved in community service, start a personal project, or take up a new hobby. These experiences can also provide excellent material for your university applications.


Join a local volunteer organization, start a blog or YouTube channel on a topic you’re passionate about, or learn a new skill like coding or photography. Document your experiences and reflect on what you’ve learned.

By incorporating these tips into your summer plans, you’ll be well-prepared to tackle DP2 with confidence and ease. Remember, preparation doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Balance is key. Enjoy your summer while setting yourself up for success!

Good luck, and we hope you find these tips helpful. If you need help revising your Math concepts, don't forget to check out EdXP!


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