Many students ask "what does a good Personal Project report look like?" Though we have given you step by step instructions on how to write a successful report, sometimes it helps to see one typed out and put together. Below is a report a student submitted that meets most, to all of the requirements of the personal project.
You may notice that this report has Chicago style citations, not APA. This is because the student realized that she has not referenced her work throughout her report and this would be a huge deductions of marks. Because the report had already been printed, this was a creative, last minute way to get citations in. Forgetting to cite your sources is a common mistake students make. Be aware of this requirement - it is clearly stated on the rubric and points will be deducted if you do not show evidence of sufficient research!
Feedback We Have Received From IB
Every year, IB marks a sample of personal project reports we send their way. This is is some of the feedback we have received from them and things you should look out for:
You need to consider how your research is tied to the Global Context throughout your Investigation phase.
You need to make it very clear what about your project and your goal are challenging.
You should include prior experience (from outside of school) and subject-specific learning (from school) and show how these have helped prepare you for your project.
Make sure the CRITERIA YOU ARE SETTING IS CLEAR AND MEASURABLE.
Explain how you made a plan (to work on your project and research) and stuck to it.
When you reflect on your project (Criterion D), you must demonstrate how you have developed your knowledge of the topic and global context and how you have developed as an IB Learner.
We have noticed over the years that Criterion D is where students struggle the most. Please make sure you are reading the rubric and know exactly what needs to be included to have a successful report!