From the Extended Essay (EE), I was able to gain research and time management skills that I would definitely apply to future academic projects. I did a Business Management EE, so I had to collect large amounts of research from a variety of Internet sources such as opinion columns, research papers, financial statements, and government articles. I collated all of the important information I gathered from my research into one document. This allowed me to be more organised with my sources and citations, so when I was writing my EE, I only had to have a few tabs open. This also made doing the bibliography section of the EE much easier and faster.
I found it really helpful to get most of my EE done during the summer before Year 2. Personally, the start of Year 2 of IB was very stressful with IAs and college applications, so I was really glad that my EE was out of the way during this time. However, every school has a different timeline for the EE, so when you do it ultimately depends on your school’s schedule. I would also suggest splitting up the EE into sections (introduction, methodology, main body, conclusion, reflections) and setting individual deadlines for each one, so the tasks don’t seem too overwhelming.
Choosing a topic you are really interested in and sticking to your personal deadlines will make the EE a much more enjoyable task. The EE is a project that is unique to the IB, so use it as an opportunity to gain new skills and improve your expertise in a subject you enjoy. Best of luck!