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How should I approach a question and structure my answer?

In answering a GCSE history question it is important to first determine what the question is asking you. If for example, the question is asking you to explain how two interpretations differ, it is important to first provide context for both interpretations before diving into your analysis. Furthermore, the nature of this question requires direct quotes and evidence from the source provided to be included in your answer, in order to justify the arguments you make. Your conclusion for a comparative question may be a recognition of the most clear difference, or highlight the wider implications of the differences discussed.
By contrast, if the question is asking you something along the lines of "Assess the factors which led to X", it is important to start with a line of argument that you build upon throughout your answer. This question also requires you to recognise multiple factors that played a part in X occurring, and these factors should be discussed individually, in separate paragraphs, whilst still referencing back to your line of argument. Your conclusion for this type of question should again, assert your line of argument, and determine why the other factors should not be considered as significant in leading to X.

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Answered by Kristina N.
History tutor

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