Understanding Common Assignment Terms

A glossary of terms can help you to stay on track and answer the assignment questions properly.

It gives you a clear meaning of the key terms used in your tasks. It is also known as a word bank or list of keywords.

Analyse

We break down and examine the topic in detail.

Argue

Present both sides of the case. We give a ‘for’ and an ‘against’ discussion about the idea or topic.

Bibliography

A list of all the information sources you take information from when researching a topic.

Clarify

We make the information clear.

Compare

Give both the similarities and differences.

Construct

To build information so it can be presented it in the form required, for example an essay.

Contrast

Show and discuss the differences between two things/subjects.

Criticise/critique

To give your judgement on the truth, accuracy and value of the information presented.

Debate

We argue from two or more different viewpoints.

Describe

We give a detailed account of a topic or object.

Design

To create a plan or format for an idea or subject.

Differentiate

Find differences between two or more ideas.

Discuss

Give reasons for and against a point of view or opinions.

Evaluate

To judge or consider information - you can include your well thought out personal opinion.

Examine

Inspect or study a subject, topic or information carefully.

Expand

To give a detailed explanation.

Explain

We make a topic clearer by looking at why or how things occur.

Format

The way the information is presented.

Keywords/key phrases

Important or significant words or phrases that help you to understand the task. These words and phrases can be used in a search engine or book index to find information about the topic.

Identify

Recognise and name an aspect of a topic.

Illustrate

To use examples to give an explanation of the information.

Interpret

Explain the information using your own judgement and words.

Justify

To give evidence or reasons to support the decisions or conclusions you make.

Logical

Information that is based on facts, and (or) broken down into sensible, practical and manageable sections.

Organise

To arrange information in a logical or effective way.

Outcome

A result that has been produced by something.

Outline

A brief account of all the information, for example dot points of the most important facts of the selected information.

Paraphrase

Re-state the information using your own words.

Predict

To say what we think is going to happen.

Perspective

A point of view on an issue or information given.

Prove

We show the truth of information, using supporting facts as evidence. 

Purpose

What something is designed to do or achieve.

Relate

Show how things are connected to each other.

Reflect

To think seriously about work that has been completed or information that has been given.

Relevant

Information that is important or connected to the topic or task.

Research

We investigate a topic or subject, to discover facts and gain knowledge.

Review

To inspect or have a second look over a topic and give an account of what you find.

Select

We choose information that is relevant to our task.

Sketch

To draw a freehand image or describe something quickly in words.

State

We say something clearly and fully.

Summarise

Give a clear but short account of the important facts of the topic.

Synthesise

To create something new by combining parts together in your own way.

Trace

To find something by investigating and following where the information leads.

Verify

To examine information and show that it is true.

 

 

 

 

 

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