The "Exchange Process"
So take some time to relax, breathe, and only write what you need to write.
Case in point: Which sentence makes more sense to you?
Exercise 3: Paste one of your completed paragraphs onto a new document and cut out the unnecessary words and phrases. Do this for each one of your paragraphs either as you go along or at the end. It will be tough, but you won’t have a better time to work on it than this summer*.
If you’d like more help from us have a look at our assignments package for online private tuition, or our Mid-IB Extended Essay workshop.
(*And if you hate the idea of doing it now, think about doing it next term when you have 10 other deadlines to meet as well!
A university essay can be thought of as an extended answer to a quite specific question that has been posed by your lecturer.
A key consideration for lecturers when they mark students' work is whether the essay before them is relevant; that is whether it does in fact provide an answer to the question being posed.
For this reason it is important when you prepare to work on an essay that you spend a reasonable amount of time reading and mulling over the essay topic so that you understand precisely what is being asked.
This involves identifying and thinking about key words in the topic, among other things.
This tutorial on essay writing is based on the following topic: In the last 20 years, rates of divorce have risen significantly in Western countries.
More importantly, it will help you to see what is and isn’t making sense now.
A great way to get into the right frame of mind for writing a formal essay is to read other examples.
Have a look at our free resources page to see how other successful IB students have written their essays in the past.
Alternatively you could remind yourself of general guidelines to academic writing like this guide here. Avoid the temptation to write as many long, complicated words as you possibly can so that you reach the 4000 word limit faster!
I promise you that the most common Extended Essay problem of all IB students is fitting their words into the word limit at the end.
Especially in summer, that pesky thing called procrastination can disguise itself as everything from the new season of to a trip to a lake to swim with pelicans.
To make sure you get the writing done when you want it done, take half an hour to get organised. Start by scheduling a few at a time near the start of your holiday so that you can see how much time this will actually take you and adjust your schedule accordingly.
Work out when, objectively, you will have the time to devote some love and care and sweat to this essay. To be extra efficient, don’t just decide when you will work on your essay, but decide what you will work on.
Set deadlines for finishing different stages of the essay throughout the summer.
For a Language, Literature, or Group 3 essay you might set deadlines for completing the introduction, body, conclusion, and proofreading.
For a Group 4 Science essay your deadlines could be more detailed, separated for completing sections on background information, methods and materials, and data analysis, for example. Download our own printable Extended Essay time planner by clicking here!
Exercise 1: Take out your calendar, work out what plans you already have for the summer which you’ll need to work around, and mark out your devoted Extended Essay time. Now you’ve organised yourself and found time to do the writing, it’s time to sit down and put the words on the page.
The biggest tip I can possibly give you is to remind that getting any words on the page at all is more important, at this stage, than getting ‘the right words’.
This is only a first draft, and at this point it’s only a draft of a first draft.
So do whatever you can to help yourself put pen to paper/hands to keyboard.
With summer either already here or very near, it’s time for our next step in the Extended Essay Step-by-Step Guide.
This one will help give you that push to put all of that essay preparation to use.
Yes, it’s time to bite the bullet and write the thing. This blog is about how to make yourself get that writing for this Extended Essay on the page in front of you.
To recap, this is the stage that comes after: Topic Choice Topic Research Finalising a Question Outlining/Planning If you don’t feel you’ve quite nailed something in that list above, have a read of our previous blogs in the series for a comprehensive breakdown of what you can do to get there. It should be obvious that the key to making sure you write your extended essay is to find the time to write it.
If on the other hand you do feel you’ve done all of this, you should know WHAT you’re going to say. But you’d be surprised how easily the time can slip away without a single word getting typed or written.
If you feel like you can launch straight into writing that essay, great! On the other hand if you’re still unsure where you start there are a bunch of techniques you can try to help get you started.
Exercise 2: Pick one of the three options above and try it: write your favourite ‘piece’ of the essay first, write as much as you can by hand in one writing sprint, or lose the grammar and just get the ideas down in the right order.
Uplands Extended Essay Guide 2011-13
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