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Extended Essay: Step 3. Researcher's Reflective Space (RRS)

A guide to the research and writing process required for students completing the IB Extended Essay.

Researcher's Reflection Space (RRS)

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's your RRS!  Having a RRS will provide you benefits in terms of the management of your workload and focus on your extended essay. 

For more ideas on how to record your thoughts and ideas, see:

Researcher's Reflection Space (RRS) examples

Using Brainstorming and Mind Maps


Twelve-step Plan for Researching the Extended Essay - Step 3

3. Set up the Researcher's Reflective Space (RRS) and use this as the key planning and reflection tool for the extended essay process.

Researcher's Reflection Space (RRS) Examples


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