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Personal Project 2016/17: Process Journal

Personal Project 2016/17

Important points

  • The process journal is the most important part of your entire personal project. If your process journal is thorough and well-organized, it will make it easier for you to write the final report.

  • It is where you document your thinking, ideas and the development of the project. It is a working document. It does not need to be neat and well presented.

  • You are required to show your supervisor evidence of the process documented in the journal at meetings or by providing access digitally. 

  • It can be written, visual, audio or a combination of these and might include both paper and electronic formats.

  • Each entry in your process journal should be clearly dated for your future reference.

  • It contributes to assessment through the 10 extracts you include as appendices at the back of your report, but you must refer to these extracts/appendices in your report with explanations about what they demonstrate

  • The journal will be submitted for display purposes at the Presentation Evening. 



Possible things to include in your process journal

Helpful headings

you could use to provide a structure to your journal, ensuring you make best use of the journaling process

Work completed this week

this section should detail all aspects of work completed on the personal project in the week

Resources consulted

you can record bibliographical details in this section. You should also record details of any conversations that took place with sources relating to the project

Challenges or difficulties faced

you should detail obstacles and indicate how you did or intended to deal with them

Evaluation of progress

this is where you should refer to your initial goals and indicate whether or not you are achieving them. You may also identify any areas that need improvement at this stage

The Process Journal is...


  • The process journal is not submitted for assessment as a whole but contributes to the overall assessment by the addition of carefully chosen journal extracts (max 10) included as appendices
  • You are required to submit up to 10 extracts (A4 photocopies) as appendices, at the end of your report
  • These appendices must be numbered and contain evidence of the ATL skills
  • The journal will be displayed at the Presentation Night

How to select the extracts

  • All extracts must show evidence of the five ATL skills; research, thinking, self-management, communication and social 
  • They must demonstrate development in all the criteria: investigating, planning, taking action and reflection
  • The extracts should be numbered as appendices and arranged in number order at the end of your report
  • Throughout your report you should discuss the ATL skills you used and refer to the appropriate appendix to show such evidence

Material contained in this LibGuide has been sourced from the OCC (Online Curriculum Centre IBO)MYP Projects Guide 2016 and Yokohama International School Personal Project guide.