Guidance for writing Philosophy examination answers
Please bear in mind the following suggestions when writing your
- Read the question carefully. Students sometimes write
good answers to questions that were not asked. If you write
an irrelevant answer, it will receive a fail mark.
- Make a brief outline before you start to write.
- Show that you understand the philosophical problem that
is the point of the question.
- Show that you have understood the lectures; but an
extended summary of the lectures will not be a good answer.
- Show that you have understood the required reading.
- Show that you have done some additional reading as
- Show that you have thought about the issue by giving
some of your own thoughts. To the extent that these thoughts
are supported by argument, your answer will improve from
good to excellent.
- Express yourself as clearly as you can.
- You must not use substantially the same material to
answer more than one question. If you think that two
questions require you to use substantially the same
material, choose a different question. You may refer to a
previous answer you have given.
- Please make every effort to write legibly. Examiners can
give credit only for what they can read.
Text by Michael Menlowe
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