Students are supported throughout the process of researching and writing the extended essay, with advice and guidance from a supervisor who is usually a teacher at the school.
Students are required to have three mandatory reflection sessions with their supervisors.
We can make good guesses about how hard the student worked, but we aren’t always right.
As an examiner, I don’t need to know how you think the student will perform against the criteria or even an A – E mark.
For further clarification please see the accompanying teacher support material.
The letter, which must be electronically signed by the external mentor, must be inserted in the appendix of the essay as part of the document file rather than as a separate document.
However, in circumstances where the school deems it appropriate, students may undertake their research at an institute or university under the guidance of an external mentor.
This must be with the agreement of the school, and the external mentor must be provided with a letter outlining the nature of the extended essay and clear instructions about the level of guidance that is permitted.
If a student has had an external mentor, this signed letter is an important part of the authentication of the essay.
As the extended essay is an independent task and a formal assessment component, students must not receive assistance with any aspect of the research, writing or proofreading of the extended essay beyond that which is permitted through their supervisor.