Every IB student does it. Writing your Extended Essay is unavoidable. This doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t a few bumps along the way. I find the process of writing an EE goes like this for most people:
Starting strong is always a good position to be in. You’ve got your idea set. You’ve started your reading. What could possibly go wrong?
You’ve got a plan. Okay it might be pretty basic for an Extended Essay, but at least it’s something to work from, eh?
3. Break time
You’ve been working on your Extended Essay for a few hours now. Definitely time to take a break. You’ll only be a few hours watching Netflix, right?
4. Start work on other IAs- managing your time effectively…
Okay, so it’s been a few weeks since you worked on your Extended Essay. It’s fine though, you’ve been doing other stuff. Those IA wouldn’t be writing themselves. Time management is a keep ingredient of being an IB student…
5. Speak to your friends about their EEs
They all seem pretty far ahead. Am I missing something? Is the Extended Essay deadline closer that you thought?
6. Check deadline
It’s okay to. Honestly!
The realisation dawns on you that the only way to solve this situation is to get writing!
10. And finally—Celebrate!
I promise you, the feeling of handing in your completed Extended Essay is worth it!
If you are finding yourself really bogged down in Extended Essay work still, check out all our resources here. There’s loads of model Extended Essays, tips and hints to help you along the way!
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) sets a submission date for the extended essay, which is communicated with schools.
It is each school’s responsibility to ensure that all candidate work is received by the IB, with the required paperwork received by the submission date set.
Schools should set internal deadlines
Schools and supervisors are strongly recommended to set internal deadlines for the different stages of producing an extended essay, keeping in mind the IB’s submission date.
If you wish to find out more about the deadline for a particular school, please contact that school directly.
Further information on deadline setting
There is further information on the requirements for meeting external deadlines in the Handbook of Procedures for the Diploma Programme.
Educators in IB World Schools can access the relevant parts of the handbook in the IB’s online curriculum centre (OCC), using their existing log-in details.