The extended essay is among the largest independent tasks that Diploma Programme (DP) students tackle during their studies. The 4,000-word research paper, often seen by students as among the most daunting DP requirements, is unlike anything else IB students are asked to create. However, it develops critical organizational and research skills that students will use time and time again at university and their careers.
By the numbers
A sense of achievement, demonstrating organizational skills for employers, and getting a head start on university level writing were among the benefits cited by alumni in a recent study.
Two alumni write about getting organized during their extended essay experience, and offer words of advice to current IB students sitting down to write their first big research paper.
Looking back on the big picture
While it may seem overwhelming, upon reflection, these alumni tell us how their essay had a positive impact on their future immediately after the DP.
What universities want to hear about your research
Demonstrating experience conducting independent research is one of the key skills universities may look for in your university or college application essay. The University of Rochester’s Jon Burdick tells us about strategies students can use to discuss the extended essay in the video below.