When you are writing an essay,
there’s only one thing that really matters.
OK that’s stupid.
But there is one thing that matters a lot, and if it’s not done, then nothing else will really work.
No prizes for knowing this …
You have to answer the question.
Answer the question.
You’ve all been told this a million times. I can see it all over the net in the advice pages. It makes me think, maybe it’s because a lot of people don’t do it?
And look, I don’t want to go too far into this, because, as I said, it is written about a lot.
You can read advice about it here https://www.matrix.edu.au/how-to-structure-a-killer-essay/
But it is important, so I’m using this page to point out the blinking obvious.
If you’re going to answer a question,
the first thing you need to know is what the question is actually asking.
Write down the verbs in the question.
What exactly is the question asking you to do? The verbs might be:
outline, analyse, identify, evaluate, define or a lot of other things like that.
In the example question they are “compare” and “discuss”.
Write these words on a piece of paper and put them in the middle of the clue board.
I don’t need to take a picture of that. You know what I mean.
There. That was a short page.
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