An instruction word (or task word) tells you how to approach your assignment.
What are the instruction words in this assignment?
The main instruction words in this assignment are DISCUSS & DESCRIBE. The meanings of these words are very important to identify before you even begin working on your assignment.
What does discuss mean?
One definition is:
Be analytical. Give reasons for and against. Give the issue some thought and provide an opinion.
|Common instruction words
|Break down the issue into parts, discuss them and show how they interrelate.
|Consider the value or importance of the issue, paying attention to positive, negative and disputable aspects.
|Make a case based on appropriate evidence for and against the point of view.
|Analyse or assess the issue.
|Look for similarities and differences between the issues.
|Point out the differences between the issues.
|Make your judgements about the issues and indicate the criteria on which you base those judgements.
|Make a statement as to the meaning or interpretation of the issue, giving enough detail to allow it to be distinguished from similar issues.
|Mention the main aspects of the issue, retell the essential features of a story, or spell out the sequence of events in which the issue occurred.
|Analyse the key issue and possible interpretations. Give reasons for and against and draw a conclusion.
|Similar to 'assess', consider your opinion on the issue and show the arguments for and against your position.
|Present your issue in depth and investigate the implications.
|Describe and analyse the issue and give reasons for the issue.
|To what extent
|Explore the case for the stated proposition or explanation, assess and analyse the issue without necessarily coming to a conclusion about whether you accept the statement.
|Pick out what you consider the key features of the issue.
|Use examples and where possible use diagrams, statistics, images or visual representations.
|Clarify or explain, usually giving your judgment or indicating how the issues relate to one another.
|Provide reasons for your conclusions or for the statement made in the question.
|Indicate the main features of the issue and organise your answer into a clear structure that shows how they interrelate.
|Provide factual evidence and proof that leads to your conclusion.
|Explain the connection between the issues mentioned.
|Provide a summary and assess the important aspects of the issue.
|Provide a summary that states the main features of the issue, without comment, criticism or detail on side issues.
|Describe and explain how the issue progressed over time.
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