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Understanding the essay question
Before starting to write your essay, you need to examine the question
carefully. 
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Analysing essay question

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Analysing essay question

  1. 1. Understanding the essay question Before starting to write your essay, you need to examine the question carefully. It is important that you do this as understanding the essay question demonstrates your ability to understand the topic under investigation and your ability to relate theories and perspectives to that topic. It is therefore important that you answer the question set. Typically an essay question will contain function and topic/concept keywords. To what extent is educational attainment shaped by social class? This is a function keyword, questions which include this expect you to consider how far something (social class) contributes to a final outcome (educational attainment). You need to assess the evidence in presenting your argument. This connects to the function keyword and the concept key words. You are being asked to consider the range of the extent of the influence of social class on educational attainment. You could think of this in terms of a scale: Social class determines a pupil's educaitonal attainment. If your evidence suggests that social class does not solely determine educational attainment, you should consider what else shapes educational attainment. Social class has no impact on educational attainment. These are concept keywords. They are telling you what the topic of the essay is about. You need to define these concepts.

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