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Extended Essay: Step 3. Researcher's Reflection Space (RRS)
A guide to the research and writing process required for students completing the IB Extended Essay.
The Researcher's Reflection Space (RRS) is a personal learning environment that can be either a physical or virtual support tool - like a research or process journal You use it to record reflections on what you are reading, writing and thinking. The use of the RRS will help you prepare for your reflection sessions with your supervisor and inform the discussions that take place.
In preparing for your reflection sessions you could use your RRS to:
record your reflections
respond to items that have come up in your research, such as photos, newspaper clippings, twitter feeds, blogs, and so on
respond to prompts and questions that may arise in your subject area, TOK class or other aspects of the Diploma Programme
create MindMaps ®
record emerging questions
You may already be keeping a research journal on the planning, researching and writing phases of your work on the extended essay - that'syour RRS!Having a RRS will provide you benefits in terms of the management of your workload and focus on your extended essay.
Excerpt from the IB EE Guide (first exams 2018) explaining what the Research'er Reflection Space (RRS) is, the role it plays in the researching and writing the extended essay, and how students can use it to help prepare for the three reflection sessions with their supervisors.
For more ideas on how to record your thoughts and ideas, see:
IB subject chosen? Check! RRS set up? Check! Now...what are you going to write about?
Once you have decided on which IB subject to use for your Extended Essay, you need to choose a topic - something that you can write 4,000 words about and something that will keep you interested and engaged. For help with this, see Step 4. Choose a Topic.
Avidnote enables researchers to take more efficient notes. Users can keep research notes, lab notes, field notes and study notes secure, organized, easily searchable, and always accessible. Avidnote is free for individual use. The free individual license gives registered users full access to use the app. Users own all the data/content that they store on Avidnote, and can retrieve, change, or delete that data/content anytime they wish.
Watch the video tutorial below to learn how to use Avidnote.
Use Evernote to: take and save notes, and use the Web Clipper to save research, emails, news, and anything other digital content from the web or emails from your desktop computer into Evernote. You can access everything from your computer, phone, or the web. A Basic Evernote account is free.
Twelve-step Plan for Researching the Extended Essay - Step 3
3. Set up the Researcher's Reflection Space (RRS) and use this as the key planning and reflection tool for the extended essay process.
A list of the steps necessary in order to carry out the research required for writing the IB Extended Essay - choosing the subject and topic, doing the required reading of IB rules and guidelines, writing the initial research question, and more.
Researcher's Reflection Space (RRS) Examples
The following are examples of the different ways students can use their RSS to help with planning and writing their essays.
Memonic is a free, online note-taking application.
You can clip content, save webpages to read later, or simply take a note. Organize with tags and notes, and synch your collection to your phone and laptop and have all of your notes and reading material available to you anytime.