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TIPS ON WRITING QUESTION/ ANSWERS + WHAT TO INCLUDE

DIHAAN

12/8/20232 min read

An universally agreed upon fact is the way our teachers stop providing us with the syllabus question answers once we get old enough to walk to school alone. One day, you go to school and suddenly there’re no answers written on the board anymore. Just the questions with the expectations that you can find the answers on your own. But what really substitutes a good answer? What’ll get you that red tick mark on your papers with a quickly jotted down “Very Good”?

Here are some tips I’ve accumulated over the years on how to write answers that’ll have your teachers fawning over you in no time.

1. Start off the intro with a captivating sentence. Something that’ll make the teacher want to keep reading, something that’ll set your answer apart from all the other papers scattered on the teacher’s desk. It could be something which is fundamentally connected to the topic but from ages ago, or some quote which relates to the main part of the answer at hand. You’ll have to elaborate a few lines on it before running into the other part of the intro, if you’re feeling inspired, or the body, if you’re not.

2. Make everything relevant. While we do love synonyms and long answers, we DON’T love whole pages full of synonyms and random facts you decided to throw in because you wanted to seem smart. L If your answer is relevant enough and if it includes everything the teacher wants to see, it doesn’t matter what its length is. Don’t write long just for the sake of writing long. If you mean what you write and you write what you mean, you’re halfway there. Just keep it important. (…J)

3. Include all the points. If you don’t include all of the points your teacher told you to include, your answer will probably be cancelled even if it’s the most beautiful piece of writing since Shakespeare. All teachers have that persona which DEMANDS perfection. They mostly never get it. But if you have all the points in your answer, damn, you are getting good marks no matter how terrible you write.

STRUCTURE FOR ANSWER:

Intro: should include a proper introduction and very short summary of your topic or maybe a small quote about the topic. 4-6 sentences depending on your word limit.

Body: Should include all points and the lengthy explanation of everything you’re supposed to write. Might include quotes from the text/topic or citations. Length could be 10-12 sentences.

Conclusion: Longer summary, maybe 3 sentences. End with concluding what you mean to say.