• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

'This Course Companion in Criminal Justice by Ursula Smartt is to be applauded. It is an essential handbook for all students and practitioners who are studying the criminal justice system. The user-friendly framework provides students with practical support in how they can organise their approach to studying to maximise their knowledge and revision skills. I have no hesitation in commending this Companion as a valuable complementary text' - Professor Allyson MacVean, John Grieve Centre for Policing & Community Safety, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College"Congratulations to Ursula Smartt and Sage on a most welcome 'skills' text for Criminal Justice students... The book is concise, clear, well-organised and accessible - highly recommended." Stephen Parrott, Birkbeck, University of LondonCriminal Justice by Ursula Smartt is part of an exciting new ...

Tips on Interpreting Essay and Exam Questions
Tips on interpreting essay and exam questions
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section you should be able to:

  • Focus on the issues that are relevant and central
  • Read questions carefully and take account of all the words
  • Produce a balanced critique in your outline structures
  • Screen for the key words that will shape your response
  • Focus on different shades of meaning between ‘critique’, ‘evaluate’, ‘discuss’ and ‘compare and contrast’.

Although examiners do not deliberately design questions to trick you or trip you up, they cannot always prevent you from seeing things that were not designed to be there.

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