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‘UN unveils plans to eliminate child labour by 2020’ by Randeep Ramesh. What do you understand from the article about the issues of child labour?
Questions of this type are very open, but are easy to answer if you practice what to look for. Exainers want you to critaclly engae with the pieve, in order to chose evidence that shows you understand both the text and the question. This doesn't mean you should just list facts from the article, but use them to form an argument or support what you understood about and from the article.
First read through the article slowly and carefully, to get an idea of the text. After you've done this, use a highlighter to mark sentences which are important to answering the question, be selective, and try not to only take obvious sentences, facts and figures. Examiners will be impressed to see you make inferences from the text, this shows you are engaged and perceptive.
Make bullet points of the paragraphs you are going to make aim for three, but dont be obsessed by this, everyone has different writing speeds and styles, so don't worry too much! the bullet points should each follow the P.E.E.L format, point, evidence, explantion,and link. in order to make sure each of your paragraphs is as effective as possible. Make your point refering to the question, in the case of the example question that might be;
"The problem of child labour is still growing, and urgent action needs to be taken as otherwise research shows that there maybe as many as '190 million' child labourers by 2020. This highlights the need for intervention as this is obviously a serious issue, something the article makes very clear as it refers to the UN as party to the investigation and drawing attention to the issue. Therefore the article makes the reader understand that one of the main issues is the alarming growth of the problem, it sets this out as a key concern which quickly gets the readers attention."
When it come to the conclusion of your essay you should be careful not to intriduce any new ideas, only to summarise those you already explored to show the examiner your focus and keep the structure of your essay clear and easy to follow.see more
Assess the role of each of the following in causing the First World War (1914–1918): the desire for revenge; economic motives; Balkan nationalism.
Questions using, 'assess' are not looking for a one sided argument, they are implying that there is more than one answer and asking you to evaluate which you would consider more important.
With questions which introduce directly three causes you can approach it in a number of ways, by evaluating them seperatly in differnt paragraphs, although this technique may lead to a formulaic and un-integrated argument without follow of comparison. Chosing one you think most pertinent, and then using the following paragraphs to compare in order to assert why the other causes aren't as important. Or you could even take a flowing approach seeing it as a narrative, and assessing them individually but lonking each by giving the causes a chronologial order of impact.
Regardless of how yuo chose to structure your introduction, you must be able to concisely present this in your introduction. Using markers such as, 'firstly, next, moreover, therefore, secondly, and finally in order to sign post your arguments course. Remember to answer the question breifly in the introduction, although this seems strange it proves to the examiner that you have considered the point and know how your argument will develop.
Initially, make a mind-map, bullet points, or just a couple of sentences that detail what your argument is, and which of the three causes you consider to be the most significant factor. You can also argue that the factors are important in different ways, your assessment can therefore take the course of an exploration of each cause.
For example, Economic factors can be closely linked to empire and the disputes these casued as nations tried to build the most profitable and expansive empires at the expence of each other. This can be identified as background issue that introduced tension and conflict within Europe.
Whereas Balkan nationalism is a more immediate and contentious cause, inspired partly by imperial empire, the BAlkans question casued unrest and disquiet in the region, which nearly came to ahead multiple times across the ecade before the erupted.
It was the nationalistic inclinations of many that led to the terror attack in the form of the assassination of Arch-Duke Frans Ferdinand. Revenge in the context of this incident was used as an explantion for the agressive actions of the Austro-Hungarian Empire against the Balkan nationalists in Serbia. Therefore, revenge is ultimately the trigger but it cannot be seperated from economics and nationalism, the driving factors which led and escalated the revenge sought following the assasination.
This is only one interpretation, and as long as you are able to justify your argument you should folllow whatever cause you think is best. As long as you always remeber to justify it!
Although not essential, introducing historiography into your essay is a really clever way of showing the examiner that you have read around the topic and that you have formed your opinion based of investigation of the topic. You don't have to chose a historian that agrees with your point, you can use one which counters you rargument to show engagement with other ideas, but be sure to explain why you don't agree with their argument and why your is a more reasonable explanation. Remember be critical of the historiography, such as whether its a contempory spurce and implications thereof.
Conclude by summerise your argument, and reiterate your assessment of the causes.see more
There aren't really wrong answers in English Literature, as long as you are able to back up your interpretation. The questions are a guidline and are there to open up the passage for analysis.
This is the format of a lot of questions you'll get on prose.
E.g. In this passage, how does Steinbeck present the death of Curley’s wife? Refer closely to the passage in your answer.
Although it does specifically ask about the passage, that doesn't stop you using any supporting points that can help give your answer more depth.
First, I would suggest using a highlighter to mark any words, or sentences you think are important to the question. Try not to highlight too much, remember that although it is important to have evidence you are in an exam and should try and balance your time well
Next on your plan right one or two brief sentences detailing your argument. This should be something you can come back to as you right to keep you on track.
The following step is perhaps the most important, as you set out the structure of your answer. Markers like to see clear paragraphs and evidence of a structured approach, but it is also for your benefit as you'll be able to use the plan to makeyour essay flow. Follow the structure P.E.E.L- point, evidence, explanation, link. make your point, give a quote that supports your point, but its not enough just to put in a quote you have to show why it helps to answer the question, finally link your whole paragraph to the question using a quick summative sentence, it could also be a platform to intrduce your next point.
This is a great way to structure paragraphs and will let you get your ideas to paper quickly and clearly. There is no maximum number of paragraphs, but don't think bigger is better, its best to make sure you get great ideas down that you've really thought about instead of throwing everything you can think of at the question.
Don't worry if others write more than you, or if you write more than them, everyone has a different speeds and style, so it is important to practice these types of questions in order to find out what works for you!see more