Attacking the Question
1. Topic is?
2. Date range?
3. Key concepts or specific factors in the question?
4. Command words used in question?
Account for | Present a reasoned case for this. |
Analyse | Break down in order to bring out the essential elements or structure. The essay needs to be closely argued and detailed. | Assess | Estimate the magnitude or quality of something supported by reasons. | Comment | Give a judgement. |
Compare | Give an account of the similarities between two (or more) items, referring to both (all) of them throughout. | Compare and contrast | Give an account of similarities and differences between two (or more) items, referring to both (all) of them throughout. | Contrast | Give an account of the differences between two (or more) items, referring to both (all) of them throughout. | Critically discuss | Present the merits and demerits, and make a judgement based on the evidence. | Define | Give the precise meaning of a word or concept. |
Describe | A neutral request to give a detailed picture. |
Discuss | Offer a considered and balanced review that includes a range of arguments, factors or hypotheses. Opinions or conclusions should be presented clearly and supported by appropriate evidence. | Distinguish | Make clear the difference between two similar terms. | Do or Does | Make a judgement and present the relevant arguments and evidence | Evaluate | Weigh up the evidence. What arguments are more convincing and what arguments are less convincing? | | |
Examine | Consider an argument in a careful, questioning manner so as to find the truth. | Explain | Make plain the concept or argument. |
Explore | Undertake a systematic process of discovery. |
How | Usually the first part of a question that asks you to set the scene for the more important part of the question that will follow. | Justify | Give valid reasons or evidence to support an answer or conclusion. | | |
Outline | Give a brief summary of the major aspects of a situation. Usually the sec...