Archive for February, 2010
Imagine how frustrating life would be if no one answered your questions:
Which way is the train station? A train station is a building where trains depart from.
How much is this coat? A coat is something that you wear to keep you warm and dry.
However, every year a surprising number of students fail to answer the questions set in exams. One of the key features of a good essay is a clear and consistent focus on the question. A good essay doesn’t just describe a topic, it answers the question.
An easy way to ensure that you are focused on the question is to use the words from it. That is one of the reasons that teachers are always reminding students to highlight or underline the key words in exam questions. www.wordle.net is a free online tool that can help you to reflect on the answers that you write. It takes all the words from your answer and puts them into a ‘word cloud’: the more you have used a word the bigger it appears.
A new Elizabethan history revision video is online. It looks at the issue of succession and how successfully Elizabeth dealt with it.
When Elizabeth became Queen in 1558 she was just 25 years old. However, the issue of succession was important despite her youth. Elizabeth was not recognised as the legitimate heir by many Catholics. For example, Henri II of France preferred Mary Queen of Scots. Moreover, Mary was the next in line to the throne. If Elizabeth died unmarried and childless then Mary would become Queen of England. Following Elizabeth’s near fatal attack of smallpox in 1562, this seemed to be horribly plausible for many Englishmen.