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October 10th 2017

Celebration and Reflection for Year 13

A huge milestone in the journey towards their IB Diploma, completing the Extended Essay is certainly a cause for celebration, and Year 13 did just that yesterday.

The event followed Sixth Form Family Lunch in the Gilt Hall, and began with Year 13 girls sharing their experiences, and giving their advice to Year 12 girls.  The Extended Essay is a 4000-word research project, and can be based on any topic of the student’s choosing.  For Year 13 pupil Emma, this was a daunting prospect.  “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do at university, and so I decided to choose the subject I was most interested in, and mind-mapped ideas relating to that.”  Keely agreed, saying, “Make sure you choose something you’re genuinely interested in, and that there is research in the area before you start.”

All of Year 13 unanimously agreed that good time management was vital, with Louise advising to make a detailed plan before starting the Essay, “Research everything first so you have an idea what you want to say, and make a detailed plan.  Make notes from the source research and use those notes to help write your essay.” 

Avoiding the temptation to leave it to the summer holidays, avoiding sources of procrastination and keeping track of all source material were other key pieces of advice, many being reiterated during a question-and-answer session from Year 12 girls.

After sharing their experiences, all Sixth Form and staff had the opportunity to view Year 13’s completed Extended Essays, which covered a variety of subjects including psychology, history, and physics.

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