Essay writing: questioning the question



Welcome to the LSE LIFE podcast series! I'm Helen Green, and I’ll be sharing some ideas on one aspect of studying at LSE.  

An essay is an answer to a question, and answering a question seems quite straightforward. However, one common observation that markers make about weaker essays is that the writer talked about the topic, but did not sufficiently address the question.  

This podcast will describe ways you can “question” your essay question. By questioning, I mean analysing the language of the question carefully and interpreting it, in order to make the question meaningful to you. This will help prepare you to write an essay that addresses the question thoroughly. Clarifying your essay question involves at least three things: understanding the terms of the question, understanding what you are being asked to do, and taking a stand.

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