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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
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
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
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
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
The Criteria
Part A
Research Question
Your question should be
and well phrased, however they cannot be too detailed.Using a question allows you to stay
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
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
in the introduction.
Part D
Argument Evaluation

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