How to Tackle the EE
If you are interested in becoming an IB student or are currently in IB, you have likely heard much about the Extended Essay. This is a maximum 4000 word research paper which you can write on just about anything you would like! The first step in the process is to start thinking about what you would like to write about, but make sure this topic is one that really interests you: you will be working on this essay over the course of almost two years! For your EE, the goal is to formulate a research question of your choice (as long as it's school appropriate) and write the 4000 word essay answering this question: with the aid of an advisor. The Extended Essay planning process begins in the first semester of your Junior year and continues until the essay is due in the second semester of your senior year. So, let's create a rough timeline of what the timeline of your EE will look like:
First Semester of Junior Year
The first thing you will be asked to do during the first semester of Junior year will be to start thinking about your research question and who you would like your EE advisor to be. Your school will give a deadline for when you need to have a research question and an advisor finalized for your EE. Your EE advisor will help guide your research and your writing, but make sure you choose a teacher who you really get along with as your advisor! It would also be helpful if your EE advisor is a teacher, administrator, or counselor who has knowledge and expertise relating to the topic you are writing about. Your research question should fall under one of these six broad categories:
Visual Arts: To what extent are the developments in American military aircraft nose designs from World War 2, Vietnam War and Gulf War more connected to individual crew preference than to the visual culture of America, 1940 - 1990?
English A: How do aspects of real-life societies inform and shape A Clockwork Orange and The Handmaid’s Tale?
English A: How were African Americans portrayed in American sitcoms from 1980 to 2000?
English B: To what extent does 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green reflect 'The Hero's Journey'?
English B: To what extent does social media influence or have an effect on the english language usage?
English B: To what extent does the usage of AAVE affect an individual’s social status and mobility?
English B: To what extent does the development of the Super Bowl mirror specific aspects of American cultural, social, and economic trends?
Psychology: To what extent is the phenomenon of Karoshi, the overworking of office workers in Southeast Asia, interconnected with symptoms of depression?
Psychology: To What Extent is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as an addition to traditional pharmacotherapy necessary for the successful treatment of Schizophrenia?
Psychology: To what extent is Δ9-THC an effective antidepressant that can be used to treat patients with depression?
Chinese B: 论新时代网络语言对现代汉语有何种影响？
Chinese B: 中国嘻哈歌手如何运用歌词传播中华文化？How do Chinese Hip-hop Artists Promote Chinese Culture through Lyrics?
Economics: To what extent have increases in rental prices (2017-2018) shrunken the market for Korean restaurants in Chegongmiao, Shenzhen?
Economics: How does President Moon's minimum wage policy affect convenience store market in Seocho 1-dong, South Korea?
Business: To What Extent Does the WeChat Application in Tencent's Business Model Play a Role in its Success?
Business: To what extent has Samsung's acquisition of Harman Kardon helped in increasing revenue and access to new markets?
This process might be intimidating, but remember: you have your EE advisor and IB Coordinator to help you!
Second Semester Junior Year and First Semester Senior Year
Throughout these two semesters, you will be having a few official meetings with your EE advisor about your Extended Essay and research. You are only required to have 3 official meetings with your EE advisor during which you record what was discussed using a form that your school will provide. Though your EE advisor can definitely guide your essay, they are only allowed to fully proofread it once, so make sure that you have your essay nice and polished before you submit the complete draft to your EE advisor!
Second Semester Senior Year
By the second semester of Senior year, you should have a draft complete and all of your research organized. At this point, you should be making final revisions to your essay and preparing to submit it to your EE advisor for official review. After that, it would be wise to schedule one last official meeting with your advisor so you can formally discuss the essay.
All in all, though the process of writing the EE might sound intimidating and time consuming, as long as you keep on schedule, you should be looking great! Good luck writing your EE, and stay tuned for the next article in which we will go in depth into the EE rubric.
By Canon Pham
Canon Pham is an IB Diploma Candidate and Junior at Glen A. Wilson High School who is passionate about using her voice to raise awareness of important issues and build community among like-minded people. After her first semester of Junior year, she started the IB Student Chronicle to help provide more information about the IB experience for prospective and first-year IB Diploma Candidates. She also writes for The Teen Magazine, tutors with Reading Partners, holds several leadership positions at school, and plays varsity tennis. Canon enjoys spending time with her two younger siblings, her adorable puppy dog, and her incredible group of friends.
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