Group Size
5 hours
Skill Level
250 euro

Course Description

Our Online Science Tutoring programmes are very flexible. Each tutoring programme is based on a package of five hours of Tutor lessons delivered on the online whiteboard, and can last up to a maximum of TWO months. All our E.T.A. Online Tutoring courses are especially designed for individual student learning, and are delivered from their own tutorial course page on the E.T.A. website. Each Online Tutoring course has a dedicated tutor who co-ordinates and guides the student throughout the duration of the programme.

Who is this Course for ?

This Online Science Tutoring Course is for students that seek support in the background research, drafting, structuring and writing for their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Science internal assessment or extended essay.


For non-examination board specific Science support requests, please refer to our On-Demand Coaching Programmes.

Tips on academic writing for IB Diploma Science Essays and Internal Assessment

In the following podcast, E.T.A. Tutor for Sports Science and Management, Ulli Niedermeyer, describes his approach to guiding an IB Diploma student through the process of preparing, researching and writing a successful science internal assessment and extended essay.

IB Diploma: Science Internal Assessment

 It is a requirement of the IB Diploma programme that students study at least one subject from group 4. The six subjects available are:

  • biology
  • computer science
  • chemistry
  • design technology
  • physics
  • sport, exercise and health science

All students of the Diploma Programme in any of these subjects, must undertake an internal assessment. This Internal assessment is an integral part of the science course and is compulsory for both IB Diploma SL and HL students. The internal assessment task, worth 20% of the final assessment, consists of one scientific investigation of duration 10 hours with the subsequent writeup 6–12 pages long.

The internal assessment enables students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge, and to pursue their personal interests, without the time limitations and other constraints that are associated with written examinations. Each investigation is an individual piece of work based on different data collected or measurements generated. This individual investigation should cover a topic that is commensurate with the level of the course of study. The task to be undertaken, should be complex and commensurate with the level of the course. A well-researched and written internal assessment will require a purposeful research question and a supporting scientific rationale for it.

IB Diploma: Science Extended Essay Support

The extended essay is an in-depth (4000 word-length) study of a focused topic chosen from … It is intended to promote academic research and writing skills, providing students with an opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their own choice, and leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the sciences. An extended essay in the sciences gives students an opportunity to apply a range of skills while researching a topic of personal interest in the field. Students working on a science extended essay must demonstrate an in-depth analysis of the subject matter studied, be it biology, chemistry,computer science, design technology, physics or sports, exercise and health science. This understanding must be shown in the form of a research paper involving a well formulated research question. The emphasis of a science extended essay should clearly be on:

  • written analysis
  • interpretation of data
  • evaluation
  • construction and development of a reasoned argument

Therefore, it is vital that the chosen methodology and experimental component of the essay is tailored to the chosen research question and allows for an in-depth exploration.

Types of E.T.A. Tutorial Courses

There are FOUR  types of Tutorial Courses offered, dependent on the type of qualification across the academic year.


Offered around commencement of your course to give you a “headstart” in your first term or semester. A Headstart Tutorial Course will of course cover the subject basics; but also and more importantly, prime you for the subsequent more in-depth concepts and competencies. To enable you to make that transition, our Headstart Courses place a focus on empowering you with techniques to embed what you have already learnt, understand better your own natural learning style and to be self-critical. Thus fostering the confidence in you to develop new positive learning habits.


Offered around the Spring term (or between Semesters), the “booster” courses are designed to give you a mid-course stimulus. It is often at this point in a course that many students start to feel a bit overwhelmed with their academic workload. Our Booster Courses will offer you an opportunity to experience a new, stimulating and supportive environment. So that you will be able to work intensively on a highly-focused set of activities which will offer you a fresh perspective to re-engage with your subject and re-organize your conceptual frameworks to anchor new learning.


Offered around a month before you commence on your end-of-year or final external examinations. At this critical point in your studies, our “revision” courses are designed to consolidate your learning to date, check on the effectiveness of your learning strategies, and of course to assist you with subject specific examination preparation and techniques. Each Revision Course will use a bank of past and specimen papers, together  with our own question and tasks databank and calculator technique exercises (as appropriate).


Offered throughout the year for gap year or retake students, the“refresher” courses are designed to enable retake or gap year students to efficiently re-engage with their subject. Each student registered on a Refresher Course will undergo a diagnostic assessment to determine their strengths and weaknesses: be it gaps in subject knowledge, uncertainty in applying techniques or developing arguments or proofs, or an under-developed examination technique.

Next Steps

To apply for an online course with us, just click the BOOK THIS BUTTON on the left of this page.

If you need further advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.


We wish you every success. Enjoy your course!

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