Write the first reflection after one of the early sessions with your supervisor. Focus on...
Sample 1st Reflection: Psychology
I first showed an interest in this topic when in a TOK lesson we discussed some aspects of history. The teacher spoke to us about what drove a lot of the Nazis to commit despicable acts against the Jewish people and others despite them previously having no such experience. An example given was Adolf Eichmann, a very prominent Nazi responsible for the death of millions who stated that he was just following orders during his trial. After this lesson, I wanted to look deeper into how social influences impact human behaviour. Eventually, I was able to find studies based on Milgram’s shock experiment. I decided to narrow my research question down to how obedience impacts people’s ability to cause physical or psychological harm to others as there seemed to be some debate on the topic.
The Second Reflection session usually falls somewhere in the middle to latter half of your EE process
Sample of 2nd Reflection: English A- Literature
My biggest struggle writing my first draft was organizing and building a clear structure without getting lost in the amount of analysis and research I looked into. I realized my early draft’s broad statements analyzing characters and events contained little supporting evidence into the text itself. It included lengthy sections evaluating the novel as part of the aestheticism movement without building my argument and without a clear answer to my research question. After talking to my supervisor, we decided I need to first define “beauty" and evaluate the “paradox” of beauty and why it exists. My supervisor suggested analyzing what each character reveals about beauty, restructuring my existing arguments to answer the research question. I’m still grappling with Dorian’s ambiguous morality, what Wilde tries to say in his portrayal of him, and my own perspective independent of my research, but I now have a clear path to work on as I answer these questions.
The Third Reflection can be written before the Viva Voce meeting to help you prepare for the conversation.
Sample 3rd Reflection: World Studies
Through months of research and extended thinking about my research question, I learned a lot about how the global politics world works together with economics. Although I knew there was a relationship between both, I hadn’t realized it exists in every government policy and action. I realized this because both economic and political concepts impact each other. In this, the most significant challenge I faced was going back and editing my paper. I wrote 5200 words in my first draft and had to focus solely on what was analytical rather than merely descriptive in order to bring the word count below 4000. I managed my time well and realized that by choosing a topic I am passionate about, it made me more inclined to spend hours doing work. Through the process of researching and writing, I learned that if I plan my time well and make a schedule, I can complete anything I set my mind to. In terms of planning, I realized how important it is to have a plan and closely follow that plan in order to complete anything on time. Overall, I gained an understanding not only in economics and politics but also about how to conduct good research and apply that research to a paper.
Avoid using only description and keep descriptions brief. Use the prompts to spark your thinking.
See reflections with Examiner comments to get an idea of the level of thinking you want to attain.
Descriptive Ideas (limited reflection)
Analytical Ideas (good reflection)
Evaluative Ideas (excellent reflection)
How To Write IB Extended Essay Reflections (Video and article)
Submit to MB in the "Progress and Planning" tab
First Reflection (about 150 words)
Interim Reflection (about 150 words)
Viva Voce and Final Reflection (about 200 words)
EE Marks Breakdown:
A: Focus and method (6 marks)
B: Knowledge and understanding (6 marks)
C: Critical thinking (12 marks)
D: Presentation (4 marks)
E: Engagement (6 marks) = Your REFLECTIONS!
Total marks awarded: 34