things I must and must not do  · read the relevant sections of the extended essay guide and follow the advice Things I must do

 things I must and must not do  ·  read the relevant sections of the extended essay guide and follow the advice Things I must do
Extended essay student checklist ­ things I must and must not do Things I must do
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read the relevant sections of the extended essay guide and follow the advice
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read the criteria
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read previous essays I have written to identify strengths and possible pitfalls
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talk to my supervisor
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start early
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choose a topic I will be enthusiastic and interested in for the course of the project
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let my interest and enthusiasm show
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spend time working out the research question (dry run; imagine finished essay)
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construct an argument that related to the research question
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work out a structure for your essay
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if I get stuck, choose a question I can answer
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stick to deadlines
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plan my research
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record my sources as I go along
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write the abstract only after I’ve finished the essay
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use the libraries and librarians
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use the appropriate language for my subject
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proofread the final version
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maintain a good working relationship with my supervisor and things I must not do
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have a broad / vague / too narrow / too difficult / inappropriate research question
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write in a subject I am not studying
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plagiarise
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ignore the criteria
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collect and present material which is irrelevant to the question
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repeat the introduction in conclusion
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cite sources which I do not use
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merely describe or report – use if
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use internet uncritically
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forget to analyse the question
The extended essay: what other peoples’ experiences tell you Comments from examiners The following are the points most frequently made by examiners across the subjects: §
A well chosen research question is absolutely crucial §
The abstract is a relatively simple exercise and should include all the three required elements §
The conclusion needs to be drawn on the basis of the discussion and should often consider unsolved questions/issues §
An essay should not be simply a collection and description of facts, but make use of them in support an argument and/or personal opinion §
Students should be extremely careful about attribution §
Teachers should make sure that students have adequate research skills for the task chosen, including critical use of the Internet. Basic advice for producing competent essays §
Read both sets of the criteria very, very carefully and make sure your essay fits them §
Start early and stick to any school deadlines §
Record your sources as you go along §
Use the appropriate language for your subject and proofread §
Keep checking that what you write is relevant to your research question Areas that need to be carefully looked at for excellent essays §
To choose a topic in which your personal interest and enthusiasm will show §
Be prepared to take some risks, to use your initiative, and be creative in selecting a topic §
In the conclusion, acknowledge and consider the unsolved questions and their possible importance/effects for the area being discussed §
Take a critical and questioning approach to the sources of information §
Have a clear structure for the whole essay in your mind before you start to write it
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