Welcome to the academic writing series presented by ask academic skills at Brunel University my name is Chris Macmillan and this episode.

We’ll be looking at analyzing essay questions. Now one of the most common reasons for students not receiving the grades they desire it’s because they don’t answer the question that big marker has assigned the most common mistake is that students don’t spend time analyzing the question and just respond generally to the topic. For example, if the question was critically discussed the impact of climate change on political and economic relations between India and Pakistan, it’s very common that students will change critically discuss to describe in a suit of discussing the impact of climate change will just describe the main theories about climate change equally rather than discussing the political and economic relations between India and Pakistan in relation to the impact of climate change. Students might just discuss economic relations within Asia generally.

This might be a much easier essay to write but you miss key aspects of the questions and emphasis that the tutor wants this is likely to end up with a bad result here you may have done a lot of good research and produced a very well-written essay but if it doesn’t fulfill the assignment criteria, then you won’t get the marks you’re if it deserves each assignment is given specific marking criteria based on the essay question if you don’t fulfill those criteria you won’t get the grade you want indeed the further away from the target you get the more likely it is that your grade will suffer to avoid these problems.

We need to analyze the question, most essays are three essential parts a topic which is the subject area you’re right about the focus which is a specific aspect of the topic to work on and the command word which tells you how you should run. This could be different words like discuss describe or evaluate each of which requires a different response in addition to these three elements, there may also be a limit which provides guidance as to what you should not consider and a viewpoint which provides the context for your research.