I was marking some of my third year students’ work last week. One would have thought that by the time a student had reached third year at university, he or she would know the basic rules of answering an exam or assignment question. But apparently not.
I know it isn’t exam season for you school students out there, but experience tells me this is advice well worth repeating until you are utterly sick of it:
Read the Question, and then Answer the Question.
Too often I see students throw away easy credit because they have not read the question properly, or waste time by including with their answers stuff that simply wasn’t asked for. You might write a page of utterly correct material, but, if it wasn’t what was asked for, you are doing nothing except lifting paper and ink manufacturers out of recession. So, please, read the question, and then answer it.