Timeline

When you will complete your EE

The extended essay (EE) is a long process, so you need to get organised, and keep track of the important dates! Your teachers will direct you when to start the EE and it is likely to take several months or even a year to complete.

As you begin the EE process, try to follow these steps:

  1. Choose a subject and topic that is of interest to you.

  2. Carry out preliminary reading about the topic.

  3. Start posing some general questions about the topic using words like 'how', 'why' or 'to what extent'.

  4. Evaluate your questions based on whether they are clear, focused, and arguable.

  5. Meet with your supervisor to discuss your ideas.

  6. Select which question to use for your essay based on what outcomes you can achieve. Consider what kind of argument you could make and whether there is enough research to support you with this.

The key to a successful essay is writing a clear, focused and arguable research question.

Hurrah! Once you have your approved research question you can start to develop your argument, using concrete facts and data from your reading and research to support your ideas.

Your supervisor should approve your research question through your first reflection session for your RPPF.