Article by: June Park
Photo credits: Luanne Tan
Extended Essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. (International Baccalaureate®) Extended essay gives an opportunity for students to investigate a topic of special interest to them, which is also related to one of the student’s six DP subjects. As it is one of a required component of the IB Diploma Programme, the majority of students spend their time to complete this essay.
In ISS, there was Extended Essay Exhibition on 12th December, to share what current grade 12s have done for their EE towards a wider audience. And there was an interview about the exhibition, and tips from grade 12s for students who follow exactly the same step as them.
Q. What did you choose to write about for your Extended Essay? Why?
I chose to write my EE on the propaganda strategies of Nazi Germany. I chose this topic because I have always liked to study propaganda strategies in history and I chose Germany specifically because of my studies in 10th grade. Since then I wanted to study the topic in more depth, so I figured EE would be the perfect opportunity.
Q. How do you personally think about EE? Do you think it was helpful to you?
I was at first skeptical about it as I did not see many purposes to it, although after meeting with Ms Jeyaram, who helped me a lot, and came up with my final question, I began feeling more confident with my topic and more excited to start researching. My favourite part of EE was definitely start researching, which led me to a 40 different sources bibliography. I didn’t realise all this until the exhibition when I got extra excited when telling people about it. EE was most helpful because it helped me with my writing and structuring essays and my researching skills.
Q. If you could do it again, what would you do differently? Any tips about EE?
I would definitely not change much in my EE although there are a few things that I could have done it better to make my essay clearer. Using more primary sources would definitely give more perspectives to my essay than I had it. Another factor I would add into my essay is develop more my final conclusion by showing more balanced arguments.
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