Length of a 20mark question?

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For SY2, how long should a 20 mark question be? I'm trying to answer a past exam question and the question's on self-fulfilling prophecy and I really can't find much to say about it, only what it is and a study to demonstrate how it works.

It's an outline and explain question, too.

Help anyone?

Posted Tue 9th April, 2013 @ 17:38 by Hannah
Edited by Hannah on Tue 9th April, 2013 @ 17:52

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Obviously length has a lot to do with it, but it varies for everyone, and getting the right content is what really matters.

1)make sure you have an introduction: define any keyword within the question, outline if there are external/internal factors involved - set up your answer

2)write the first half of your answer: Point, Evidence (Key individual), Explain this and then Link to the question. If you can, try and add one criticism of the view of the individual have included [it's never good enough to just write everything you know, if you don't link it back to the question you won't get the marks]

3)if its a two sided argument, do the other half just like before (try and have 3 points on either side)

4)include a conclusion, don't make it too long: being brief is key. Just some up the answer, and if the question mentions a specific theory such as Marxism etc, point out that although it is useful for... (whatever the question states), this is only one perspective.


hope that helps x

Answered Tue 9th April, 2013 @ 17:44 by deehammond