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University of Leeds

The IB Extended Essay: Managing your Research Project

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Overview

Develop the research skills needed for a successful IB extended essay

This course has been created to support International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme students who are writing an extended essay. You will get advice on choosing a topic and framing a research question, and learn how to identify suitable sources and analyse them to create strong arguments.

You will also learn how to structure your essay, write in an academic style and manage your time effectively so your project runs smoothly. Ultimately, the course will help you understand the importance of critical thinking and academic rigour as you plan and write a successful extended essay.

This course is for students who are starting their extended essay as part of the International Baccalaureate ( IB) Diploma Programme. It will also be helpful for teachers supporting their students as they complete this process.

The course is also suitable for people completing independent research projects as it aims to develop essential research project skills, such as critical thinking, research and academic writing.

Taught by

Clara Hiskey

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Reviews

4.7 rating, based on 53 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was fantastic and has helped me gain a tremendous confidence boost as I approach the period of planning my EE. Prior to this course, I did not know what I was suppose to do in order to be successful in writing a 4000 word essay that is supposed to be clear, concise, and informative for the IB. However, as a result of this course, I feel that it has helped me become more aware of the simple but crucial parts of the EE, like vocabulary, planning, habits, research, etc. Now that I have finished this course, I feel prepared and ready to take on this giant task I have in front of me in order to obtain my IB Diploma
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Amazing course. I have gained so much knowledge that was previously unknown to me regarding the Extended Essay. Not only was it detailed, but also it was broken down into smaller and more approachable steps which made it so much easier for me to focus on one specific aspect of the EE at a time. Some cool exercises or tests at the end of important topics to revise what I have learned and actually understood from that specific topic.
    Totally recommend it to anyone who has embarked on a journey of the IB DP.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very well structured development of skills, essential topics such as refining the Research Question and finding credible sources covered quite concretely. One area that might be improved is the quality of comments by participants -- luckily some spurious comments at the beginning of the course were removed quite quickly. It might also be worth considering asking participants to try writing their own research questions as well in that section. Significant benefit to DP1 students -- thanks!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    First of all, as an IB student, I want to appreciate your work and effort. This online free course has helped me a lot to get information about the term "extended essay". Personally, the best parts were the videos. They were basic and clear. They were short and to the point. In addition, the exercises, activities and small quizzes reinforced our learning process. Ultimately, it is an excellent beginning before the extended essay.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was useful. I think it is useful for learners who are looking for an introduction to the extended essay as well as those who know a lot about it but are looking for more information and guidelines. It is useful not just for IB students but to anyone who is writing a research paper of any length. The videos are instructive and the exercises ensure that you have learned the concept. A lot of handouts are given, which is great as learners can get additional information.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was awesome! With the learning of this online course, I'm going to help my students in a better and more effective way. It helped me to enhance my skills that are needed to guide and supervise an excellent Extended Essay. This course is worth doing. I'll recommend it to all the Students and Teachers of IB Diploma. The course is highly interactive. You'll be encouraged to test your own understanding and apply what you've learned to your own work as you go along.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was awesome! With the learning of this online course, I'm going to help my students in a better and more effective way. It helped me to enhance my skills that are needed to guide and supervise an excellent Extended Essay. This course is worth doing. I'll recommend it to all the Students and Teachers of IB Diploma. The course is highly interactive. You'll be encouraged to test your own understanding and apply what you've learned to your own work as you go along.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was a very valuable course, aimed at both IBDP students beginning to think about their Extended Essays, and the teachers supporting them. I took the course with my students and will do this each year moving forward. The course had a great balance of learning activities - articles, videos, quizzes.... It focussed on perhaps the two most important aspects - Research in week 1 and Critical Thinking in week 2.
    Thank you Leeds.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I finished this and have to say, it helped me a lot to get a complete idea of what is expected of me and what I should expect from the extended essay! There are lots of documents available to download to be used and I'm sure I'll be referring to them during my own EE!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is very useful and we can learn at our own pace. It completely guides students, teachers, and parents as well as how to plan, how to identify a good argument and identifying sources. I would strongly recommend my students and colleagues to take up this course before they start their extended essay writing.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was a little bit hard for me because I'm not an English speaker. But I did my best on it. I really enjoyed this course. I will apply in my future essays.
    Tips are good for us who want to improve our daily writing.
    As learners, it is necessary for us to write formal Essays. Specially if we are in the university.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is very useful and we can learn at our own pace. It completely guides students, teachers, and parents as well as how to plan, how to identify a good argument and identifying sources. I would strongly recommend my students and colleagues to take up this course to learn EE in a better way.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is incredibly refreshing in general. It brings you back to the basics of writing an essay and provides emphasis on the important aspects. There is a lot of reading to do and videos to watch, but none of them take very long and I would say that taking this course was a big win.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I introduced this course to my students. Thank you beautifully introducing EE to them.

    I introduced this course to my students. Thank you beautifully introducing EE to them.

    I introduced this course to my students. Thank you beautifully introducing EE to them.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    thank you so much. It was such a helpful course. During these 2 weeks, I learnt so much about IB EE starting from what EE is to the end of how to plan and write the essay. I'm thankful for the knowledge and information I've received.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is a straightforward course that introduces the key components of the IB Extended Essay and teaches you how to work on it. I highly recommend everyone who is not familiar with EE take the course to get an idea of it.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It is well-organized course following a logical sequence going from simple to complex. It emphasizes on the importance of critical-thinking while illustrating how to achieve it. It does not only focus on content, but also on form. It also encourages you to introduce your own EE proposal, thus making it experiential. As a teacher, I felt challenged and taken to consider this exercise as if I was a student. Very useful and taking you to consider ways and search for additional aids to help your students through the process.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is surely important and helpful in mastering IB DP program as for students but for teachers and other participants as well - it helps in better understanding the nature of scientific research, academic learning process and it is a gradual step in education of students after Personal Project activities.
    Thank you a lot for giving such a chance to improve skills on-line and to understand deeper the IB Diploma Programme nature and requirements!)
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As a teacher I found it really useful to check my understanding of the Extended Essay in a way that I can provide a better support to my students. It is clear, concise and specific, well organized and it will certainly help a student start and check the progress of his/her work. It laso actas a as a valuable checklist to help students remember all the neeeded points and characteristics of an EE.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very nice, interesting and well organized course. After the course you are familiar with all techniques necessary to write good EE.

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