The transition into senior year, especially in the IB environment, can be a large one. The work is a lot to take in in a short amount of time; however, you can do it! Today, I’m sharing with you some important tips for the Extended Essay.
If you were to have a conversation with any of the current seniors, I’m sure the first thing that we would say is: “don’t procrastinate.” In February of Junior year, you will be given deadlines to meet. You will have to choose an advisor by a certain date, select a topic and write an outline. Even though it seems like you will have a great deal of time to work on it, the months go by very fast. Try your hardest to meet the deadlines.
If you have an advisor in mind, have a discussion with them. Just remember that this conversation can get the ball rolling. If you are not sure of your topic, explore the subjects in which you are interested. Even if the topic you’re interested in doesn’t fall into a subject taught at Sturgis, the IB offers a lot more courses. You may be able to find a subject that corresponds with your projected topic.
The goal is to make your Extended Essay experience as stress-free for yourself as you can. I suggest at least beginning a first draft over the summer. You should complete your outline and gather your sources-making to keep track. The sooner the better!
Formatting guides and dates will come in quick succession so be sure to plan ahead. If you have a plan, you should be able to complete your EE by the deadline. Trust me, nothing feels better than submitting that final draft. Good luck!