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Writing IB extended essay: some guidelines and explanations

Having to write an International Baccalaureate extended essay can be distressing, especially if you have never dealt with such things before. However, if you keep yourself focused and if you follow the guidelines, you will be able to score a great grade on your paper. Even more than that, you will feel proud of having made this big step in your life and of having put effort into doing it. If you want to know about the basic things to keep in mind when it comes to your IB EE (or extended essay), do read on and find out more.

  1. Never start the night before the deadline. This is true for any kind of assignment you may have to deliver, but in the case of the IB extended essay, you will have to start thinking of it at least a long time before. Experts say that it takes somewhere around 40 hours to research and write the entire essay, so do make sure that you plan out your time in such a way as to be actually able to cover for everything and not have to stress out the night before the deadline.

  2. Pay attention to how you choose your topic. Many people out there make the mistake of choosing a topic and only then trying to "fit into" a subject. However, this is wrong and you should first choose a subject out of the official list and only then choose your topic.

  3. Make sure that your topic is something that actually arouses your interest. This is important because you will be spending quite a lot of time doing this and you will want to actually make the most of it without feeling miserable about what you do.

  4. Make sure you always read the official guidelines first. Every small detail can matter when it comes to the grade you will receive on your IB extended essay, so do read the guidelines with a lot of attention to the details there.

  5. Keep in mind the fact that your International Baccalaureate extended essay should not have more than 4,000, as that is the maximum number of words allowed. Many people may believe that writing more than that is actually beneficial, but the truth is that it will only lower your grade.

  6. When citing the sources, make sure that you use the same format all throughout the essay. Choose an academic writing style and stick with it.


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