Topic and Question
How to come up with a topic and question
Extended Essay just feels way too long – what can you actually write about for 4,000 words? What if your topic or question wasn’t suitable, and you only realised after 3,900 words? How will you know if the topic is right for you? How do you even find one in the first place?
First, start by choosing your subject. Don’t simply go with your favourite one. Keep several in mind and brainstorm different topics you can go into for each. Once you have explored both subject and topic choices deeply enough, you will get a sense of which one works best. Extended Essay guidelines vary between different subjects, so make sure to read them thoroughly before deciding on a subject. It is highly advisable to choose one that is taught at your school, so a teacher will be there for you when you have questions. It will also make it easier to choose a subject you study, as you’ll acquire sufficient knowledge in the area while also making sure your Extended Essay does not overlap with the syllabus.
When choosing the topic, make sure it’s interesting enough to engage you. You want to conduct your own research and form your own analysis. You will want a topic that you can develop strong opinions on and can find enough resources to analyse and discuss. Be original and creative – don’t choose something that’s been discussed by many academics already. Try to find your own area where you can make your own discoveries and findings.