The IB encourages students to reflect throughout the research process - not just at the end after your paper is finished!
You will meet with your supervisor a number of times while you are working on your EE, for a total of 3 to 5 hours. Three of those sessions will be "reflection sessions", meaning that following these meetings you will be required to submit a 150-175 word reflection on the research and writing process of your EE to the EE Coordinator. Your reflections will be submitted to IB by WSA's IB Coordinator, using the Reflections on Planning and Progress Form (RPPF).
The 'Initial Session' in the spring of your junior year. The remaining reflection session take place in your senior year: one 'Interim Session' in September, and one 'Final Session' (also know as 'Viva Voce') in December.
Your three reflections will count for 18% of your final EE grade from the IB examiner.
One way to help with your reflection is to ask yourself questions. Your answers will help you identify any problems, so you can then find ways to solve them. See the page in this section:
Check the WSA EE Timeline for the scheduling of reflection sessions with your supervisor and the due dates for the three reflections.
Reflection is a continual process. If you are constantly considering the decisions you are making in the extended essay (EE) process, you are better able to avoid the common pitfalls of independent research. Reflection also helps you plan, allowing you to monitor your progress.
The following table identifies three stages in the review process and the kinds of questions you can usefully consider at each. It also suggests what evidence you might use in your reflection sessions to demonstrate your progress and learning.
|Stage||Questions you may ask yourself||Evidence from my Researcher's reflection space|
|Background reading stage||
|Interim: writing stage||
|Final: writing stage||
What is the viva voce?
The viva voce is a short conference between the student and the supervisor. It is the recommended conclusion to the Extended Essay process, and lasts between 10 and 15 minutes.
NOT an actual viva voce conference!
Why have the viva voce?
The EE supervisor is required to submit a report when your EE is shipped to the IB examiner has been assigned to grade it. The supervisor can ask questions in the viva voce that will help with writing that report. This is especially important if the supervisor feels there is a need to check for plagiarism and malpractice in general. Supervisors are required to confirm the authenticity of the work in any Extended Essay submitted to IB.
The supervisor will use the viva voce to help you:
What questions will be asked in the viva voce?
Here are some examples of questions you might be asked:
The Reflections on planning and progress form (RPPF) enables examiners to gain an insight into students’ thinking processes while researching and writing the EE. The examiners are looking to see how students’ thinking and skills have developed during this time.
The following are examples of the RPPF. There is no one "right" way to complete the form and these examples should not be viewed as the "ideal".