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How to nail the extended essay (PODCAST)

By: Rebecca Simpson

Listen to this episode and learn how to nail the Extended Essay – one of the IB Diploma’s infamous elements. Educator and IB specialist ALETHEA BLEYBERG from The Learning Curve breaks down six areas where students often stumble. 

Alethea is an IB Examiner and an IB graduate. Hear her insight from both sides of the fence – discussing what it feels like to struggle as a student and what it takes to achieve a good grade.

We discuss six detailed tips on how to create a successful extended essay. This discussion covers topic choice, the guidance and rules, creating the essay, and the all-important reflection.

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If you would like to learn more about the extended essay or need support with other IB Diploma elements, you can reach out to Alethea at or

About our podcast series

Welcome to Schools in Hong Kong, Expat Living’s podcast that introduces expat parents to our city’s international schools. If you’re moving to Hong Kong, or living here and starting to look at school options, this is the podcast for you! You can start at the very beginning with our Hong Kong Schools 101 episode.

Our editor has spent years visiting schools and meeting with principals. She knows there are some fantastic education options available to expats. But, as parents, we know the school choices here can be overwhelming. This is why we put together this podcast series, to help parents better understand their options.

Scroll through our feed and you can listen to a range of episodes. We will introduce you to the city’s experts who can help you learn more about schools in our city. The series covers different curriculum choices, popular international schools, the realities and advantages of learning Chinese, what the local system is like, and a whole lot more.

If you have a question or some feedback to share, we’d love to hear from you. You can get in touch with our team by emailing us at

Finished listening to this episode about the extended essay? Listen to Episode 2: The British Curriculum in Hong Kong

Learn more about education options in the city and moving to Hong Kong in our Living in Hong Kong section:

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