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Advice on Approaching the Extended Essay

Advice on Approaching the Extended Essay

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Advice on Approaching the Extended Essay
Before You Begin
 
Read the criteria and some previous essays
 
Work out the research question and appropriate structure before you start writing
Choosing your Subject and Topic
 
Many essays do not score high marks because they should have been submittedunder another subject. Read the
Extended Essay Guide
and talk to your supervisor toensure that you have chosen the most appropriate subject.
 
You should choose a topic that allows you to conduct in-depth research.
 
Pick a topic that interests you and that you feel you can dedicate yourself to.
 
Make sure that your research question is precise and clear
Understanding the Requirements
 
Read the Extended Essay Guide before you begin, as this will help you to choose yourtopic, do your research and write the essay.
 
Read the criteria, including the specific details to your subject, to ensure that youhave met them
Working on the Essay
 
Plan your research well
so that you have a sense of direction and purpose, and donot waste time on irrelevant information.
 
Make sure that your sources are appropriate and valid.
 
Follow the structure of an essay to ensure that the development of your ideas islogical
 
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Always acknowledge your sources using an appropriate referencing format
 
Ensure that your terminology and language are correct
 
Show analytical and evaluative skills by considering the implications and context of the research
 
Once you are done, write the abstract and proofread your work.
What to Do
 
Start as early as possible
 
Do general research before you do specific research
 
Think about and plan your research
 
Allow time for unexpected problems
 
Have a good, clear structure
 
Proofread the final copy
 
Meet all requirements, including the abstract
 
Submit in the correct subject
 
Be motivated and enthusiastic
 
Talk to others about your thoughts
What Not to Do
 
Use a broad or vague research question
 
Plagiarise
 
Forget to analyse the actual research question
 
Ignore the published criteria
 
Use irrelevant information or sources
 
Give simply a description or report
 
Use the internet uncritically
 
Repeat the introduction in the conclusion
 
Cite unused sources or reference incorrectly
 
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Do little or no background research
 
Write on a subject that is not on the IB EE list
 
Miss deadlines and ignore other regulations
 
Use a topic that has been done in detail many times before
Supervisors
Their role is to
help and guide
you in some ways, while allowing you to be independent inyour thinking. They may help you develop your writing skills and prevent
plagiarism
.
The Criteria
Part A
 –
Research Question
Your question should be
specific
and well phrased, however they cannot be too detailed.Using a question allows you to stay
focussed
and keep the essay in
good structure
 
Part B
 –
Approaching the Research Question
You must
refer back
to your research question throughout the essay to keep the
focus
onthis single question. You should also explain your rationale for choosing the topic in withyour background research.
Part C
 –
Analysis and Interpretation
You must
critically evaluate
the validity and reliability of your sources. If you are doing ascience subject, you must also consider the uncertainty in your method as well asquestioning any assumptions you have made. Also, your research question should come
early
in the introduction.
Part D
 –
Argument Evaluation

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