• Extended essay

    Extended essay 

    The extended essay requires much thought, time and energy. Approaching the extended essay may feel like climbing a mountain. Philpot Education can work with exam candidates and coordinators to help them prepare for the Extended essay. A one- or two-day in-school workshop typically covers: the new criteria, Reflections on Planning and Progress Form (RPPF), effective supervision, formulating good research questions and timelines, etc. 

    Please find below a sample agenda for a one-day workshop and an sample agenda for a two-day workshop. We can tailor the agenda to your school's needs.

    All workshop participants will get a year of free access to our Extended Essay Support Site which offers guidance on the writing and development process, no matter what subject, topic or question students may be exploring

    Contact Brad Philpot at brad@philpoteducation.com to find out more about your options.

    The extended essay journey

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    Sample agenda

    One-day workshop on the extended essay
    09:00 - 10:30 Introductions
    EE quiz, burning questions, aims and objectives, any other ‘wonderings’. 
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
    11:00 - 12:30 Objectives and assessment, the first four criteria
    Comparing subject specific interpretations of Criteria A-D, where to go to find samples and support. 
    12:30 - 13:30 Lunch 
    13:30 - 15:00 Reflection sessions and ‘check-ins’
    Supervising students, the meetings, effective guidance, constructive comments and feedback, the RRS and the RPPF (Criterion E).
    15:00 - 15:15 Coffee break
    15:15 - 16:45 Research, writing and deadlines
    Fostering good research skills, what does critical thinking look like? Managing timelines and deadlines. 

    Sample agenda

    Day 1 Two-day workshop on the extended essay
    09:00 - 10:30 Introductions
    EE quiz, burning questions, aims and objectives, any other ‘wonderings’. 
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
    11:00 - 12:30 Objectives and assessment, the first four criteria
    Assessing samples using the new criteria. Comparing subject specific interpretations of Criteria A-D.  
    12:30 - 13:30 Lunch 
    13:30 - 15:00 Reflection sessions and ‘check-ins’
    Supervising the student / the meetings / effective guidance, constructive comments and feedback / the RRS and the RPPF (Criterion E).
    15:00 - 15:15 Coffee break
    15:15 - 16:45

    Supporting the extended essay in your school, roles and responsibilities
    Using the examiners' reports / teacher support material / the OCC / the role of the librarian. Managing the process / (training and) supervising the supervisors / referencing styles / other systemic issues.

    Day 2  Extended essay continued
    09:00 - 10:30 The research process
    The nature of inquiry / the research process, the research question / research in different subjects / formulating research questions.
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
    11:00 - 12:30 The writing process
    Academic writing / structure / outlines / thesis statements / hypotheses / the nature of evidence, the use of evidence and the use of other people's work.
    12:30 - 13:30 Lunch 
    13:30 - 15:00 Timelines, deadlines, contracts
    What students need to know / timelines and deadlines / preparing students / checklists / what to do if things go wrong.
    15:00 - 15:15 Coffee break
    15:15 - 16:45 Any other business
    Loose ends, remaining questions, interesting comments and anecdotes.