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Understanding essay questions

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Writing academicallyTo understand an essay question

  • Identify the key words in the question
  • Understand process words
  • Recognise the topic of the question
  • Recognise the limits of the question
  • Play the Analyse the question (interactive game) below

To choose a topic:

  • Pick a topic that suits you
  • Write an effective title.
Use the assessment criteria to ensure you are focused on the task. Try rewriting the criteria to help you understand what you are being assessed on. Keep referring back to the question set.
Watch this video for a student's perspective on how useful assessment criteria can be: