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Tips to make your EE writing easier

Read the Extended Essay Evaluation Criteria, but a bit confused? Don't worry. We've got your back. This guide will take you through the EE requirements and provide tips to make the writing process less traumatizing.

First and foremost, choose the subject and topic that interests you the most. This will make the journey of writing EE more enjoyable and easy. In addition, it's essential to understand the EE requirements before writing because it helps plan an outline better.

Extended Essay Requirements.

Every student wants to score the highest marks possible, but very few students make it to 34. It's not that the IB EE is hard to write. However, not paying close attention to the basic requirements of the essay can cost you a lot of marks. Our primary goal is to help you stand out in the IB. So what's stopping you from achieving the highest possible score in the EE? There are several extended essay requirements that you should take seriously to make sure you are on the right track from start to finish.

1. Choosing the subject and topic.

An EE can cover any subject as long as it belongs to the six IB-approved subject groups. Therefore, you have several options when choosing a theme. First, define a topic category, then browse through as many topics as possible to choose the easy one for you to work with. Also, ensure that the topic interests you (4000 worded essay is no JOKE!)

2. Focus on the EE format.

You may have the best ideas for extended essays, but they will fail if you don't use the correct format recommended by the IB. Therefore, take the time to prepare your outline and make sure you include all relevant sections before you start writing. The extended essay should consist of the following:

  • Title Page- Should include the topic, the research question, and the word count.

  • Content page

  • Introduction and background information

  • Body section

  • Conclusion

  • Citations and bibliography

IB does not expect the students to work on 300 words summary anymore.

3) Work on the word count limit.

An extended essay cannot exceed 4000 words. EE is all about independent research and the results obtained. Adding words beyond the 4000 count will lead to losing some marks. It's completely normal to have more than 4000 words in the first draft. You'll have to cut it down to at least 4,000 words during further editing. Some students believe that the extended essay should exactly match the word limits set by the IB. It's important to understand that 4000 is not an explicit goal but rather the maximum number of words you can write in EE. This means you can write 2000-3000 words EE and you'll be fine. However, to ensure clarity and completeness, we recommend that your essay have more than 3000 words in length.

4. Take reflection sessions seriously

In 2018, the IB added a reflection course as part of the extended essay assignments to help each student do their best to achieve high grades. The reflection process is compulsory and will be reflected in the final grade. The reflection process rules are simple. First, you will need to meet with your EE supervisor three times to discuss the extended essay. At this meeting, you and your supervisor will discuss your participation in the research process. By helping you reflect on what is most important to you, your supervisor can help you change your thought process and give you feedback that might encourage you to reconsider your research process. The last meeting will be a Viva Voice session. It usually lasts 10 to 15 minutes. During the viva voice, the primary focus will be on plagiarism and cheating, reflects on successes and failures, and highlights what has been learned along the way. Also, your supervisor will write a report on the essay, which will be reflected in your grades.

5. Focus on the marking criteria. Your EE is going to be marked against the following criteria:

A: Focus and method (Maximum possible mark: 6)

B: Knowledge and understanding (Maximum possible mark: 6)

C: Critical thinking (Maximum possible mark: 12)

D: Presentation (Maximum possible mark: 4)

E: Engagement (Maximum possible mark: 6) More on scoring maximum possible marks in every criterion on another blog.

Don't forget to go through multiple annotated student work to understand the marking criteria, the required flow in writing, etc. The subtle observations made can help you greatly in producing quality work. The link to sample EEs with annotations is here

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