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Essay Instruction Terms

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Essay Instruction Terms1. Instruction terms are words commonly used in essay questions. They instruct or direct you in the approach you should take towards the proposition of the question.2. The exact meaning of these terms will vary depending upon the subject being studied. The following give some idea of what they normally mean for essays and examination questions.3. Think carefully about the meaning of these terms in relation to the remainder of the question. Even though you might feel confident, do not become blasé or inattentive. Sometimes even experienced students forget the important difference between Compare and Contrast.4. Try to understand exactly what an instruction is ...view middle of the document...

Be specific in your examination.define Set down the precise meaning of something. Be prepared to state the limits of the definition. Take note of multiple meanings if they exist.demonstrate Show how, and prove by giving examples.describe Give a detailed and comprehensive account of.develop Expand on something, taking it further.distinguish Explain the differences between.discuss Investigate and examine by careful argument. Explore the implications and the advantages or disadvantages. Debate the case and possibly consider any alternatives. This is probably the most common instruction term. It is inviting you to say something interesting in response to the topic in question. You can choose your own approach.elaborate Add further details to something.enumerate Make an ordered list, giving the main features or general principles - and omitting details.evaluate Make an appraisal of the worth of something in the light of its truth or utility. Emphasise the views of authorities as well as your personal estimation.examine Enquire into, attempt to discover, investigate, look closely into something.expand Go into more detail.explain Make plain. Account for. Clarify, interpret, and spell out the material you present, giving reasons for important features or developments.explore Approach in a questioning manner, and consider from a variety of viewpoints.give an account of Describe in some detail, and explain fully.how In what way, by what means or method, or to what extent.how far ... Similar to questions which begin 'To what extent...'. You are expected to make your case or present your argument, whilst showing an...

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