TOK essay online support

Support for writing the TOK essay

We are no longer providing online support for students, and are instead concentrating more on developing the content of the site, and expanding our range of teaching and learning resources. We therefore urge you to work with your teachers in order to write your essay. You should expect to be provided with a 4-step support process, which is as much up to you as it is to your teacher, to lead to the production of an effective essay. The process should involve the following:

1. An initial discussion with your teacher about the different prescribed titles.
2. A meeting with the teacher in which you should outline your ideas, and create a structure for the essay you intend to write.
3. You may then present your teacher with a draft of your essay, and receive written comments on the suitability of your examples, appropriateness of your knowledge questions, and overall coherence of arguments. They should not be expected to give you editorial help, or provide you with real life situations (look through the RLSs we provide on Facebook and the site for this).
4. If needed, you can then show the completed version of your essay to your teacher for final oral advice on minor aspects of what you have written.

You should not expect a predicted grade before you have submitted your essay, and you should not expect your teacher to chase you up in order to complete this process of support. As with the other aspects of your Diploma (such as your EE and CAS), the key is being proactive.

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Cite this page as: Dunn, Michael. TOK essay online support (9th June 2013). Last accessed: 19th March 2018


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