Short answer questions require a written answer normally no more than a few sentences; however, sometimes a long paragraph may be required. Requirements will depend on the marks and time available for each question.
Short answer questions are usually based on key terms and concepts. In order to prepare:
- learn specific pieces of information in detail but not word-for-word
- collect relevant examples and supporting evidence for each concept
- learn the points of difference between similar terms and concepts.
Strategies for answering questions
- Keep your answers to one paragraph and include keywords or phrases.
- Organise your ideas logically, briefly and concisely.
- Answer the specific questions given in relation to key concepts, terms etc. Do not just write about what you know about the topic in general.
- Leave 1 or 2 lines after each answer in case you remember something important later on.
- Stick closely to the allocated time for each question - you will gain more marks if all the questions are attempted.