A Manual On Writing An IB Extended Essay- Things To Remember


When you are writing an extended essay for an International Baccalaureate, there are some things that you need to know to make sure that you write it effectively.

  1. Don’t procrastinate
  2. The best piece of advice is to start the process early. You will need to put a lot of time into completing this assignment, so you want to make sure that you don’t wait too long to get started. Make a solid plan that sets a few important milestones and work to hit those dates so that you stay focused and on track.

  3. Develop an effective research question
  4. Put a lot of thought into the topic that you choose for this paper. That way you will make sure that you can create a great essay. The topic needs to be interesting so that you will put forth your best effort and have a little fun while doing it. If you choose a topic that sparks your interest, you will be driven to find out about it and start to actually want to answer the question you have posed.

  5. Meet with a supervisor
  6. You need to try and at least have a solid research question in mind before meeting with your supervisor. You should have a few sources to support your topic as well so that you are able to answer some of the initial questions that your supervisor may ask.

  7. Create an outline
  8. It is so important to plan out your paper before you get too far in the process. This will help you focus your research so that you are spending valuable research time focusing on answering the research question instead of wasting it on things that relate to the topic but not to your research. It will save you time later on as well because you won’t have to sort through your notes to find the information that you can actually use in your piece.

  9. Get an example
  10. You can also get an example. This will help you get an idea of what your paper should sound like and also give you a good idea of what your paper will look like so that you can set up your paper. Once you have your paper set up and know what you need to do, you will start to feel a little pressure slip away.