Sunday, August 22, 2010


Many times we fail to answer questions rightly simply because we don’t know what the procedural words require.
1) Account for:
Give a good explanation of something and evaluate (possible) causes/reasons.
2) Analyse:
Examine the topic by dividing it into parts and looking at each part in detail; form judgments about each element and the whole.
3) Argue:
Provide reasons for and /or against something, in an appropriate order, citing evidence, which may be other people’s research, or kinds of facts/information.
4) Assess:
Judge the significance of something, referring to the special knowledge of experts wherever possible (that is referring to/quoting from other people’s work).
5) Comment on:
Give your own opinion about something, supported by reasons and evidence.
6) Compare:
Examine one thing in relation to something else, to emphasize points of difference or similarity.
7) Contrast:
Explore the differences between two things.
8) Criticize:
Give your judgments about the good and/or bad qualities of theories/opinions supporting your decisions with reasons and evidence.
9) Define:
Explain the exact meaning of a word or phrase.
10) Describe:
Give a full account or detailed representation of something.
11) Discuss:
Consider something by writing about it from different points of view with supporting evidence.
12) Enumerate:
List and mention items separately in number order.
13) Evaluate:
Calculate the value/effectiveness of a theory/decision/object, including your own opinion, and supporting each point with evidence.
14) Explain:
Give reasons for or account for something, so it is clear/easy to understand.
15) Illustrate:
Use examples or diagrams to explain something.
16) Interpret:
Give your own opinion of the significance of something (give reasons/evidence wherever possible).
17) Justify:
Give good reasons for decisions or conclusions, perhaps by referring to other texts.
18) Outline:
Give the main features, facts, or general idea of something, omitting minor details.
19) Prove:
Show something is accurate/true/valid by using facts, documents and/other information to build your case.
20) Reconcile:
Show how apparently conflicting things can appear similar or compatible.

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