Approaching the Question

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Resource Duration: 20 minutes
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This resource highlights the importance of fully considering an essay title and offers guidance on essay title interpretation. The resource suggests how identifying directive words, the topic area and limiting words may help students to organise and structure their essays effectively, and thus obtain higher grades.


In order to achieve the highest grades in your assignments, it is important to understand what the question is asking you to do. By looking specifically at key words and phrases, you will gain a clearer understanding of the focus of the question, which will help you to identify required research and to plan and structure your response appropriately.


Use these headings to break down your assignment question into the following categories:

  • Directive words – words which tell you to do something; Analyse, Discuss, Evaluate
  • Topic area – the main topic areas or themes outlined by the question
  • Limiting words – words which provide boundaries or constraints for your assignment
Critically discuss the effect that entry into the European Union has had on the sovereignty of the UK Parliament.


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View resources by author(s): LearnHigher

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Published: 05/09/2012

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