PRR 320: Tips for Writing Short Answer Essay Exams
(Note: During the past two times this course was offered, I was fortunate enough to have the assistance of two undergraduate interns from the English department. They were required to do an internship just like all the PRR majors. For their internships, they were required to work with an MSU faculty member and observe how the faculty member used and managed writing assignments. They worked with faculty in departments all over campus. They did many things in PRR 320. One of their major contributions was the preparation of a list of tips for how to write answers to the types of questions that I ask on my exams. Many thanks for Samantha Strait and Shelley McPhee for preparing these useful tips. They are in their own words. I have not altered anything).
Read the questions CAREFULLY! Ask yourself, what are they specifically asking? Overall, give a specific, clear, to the point explanation.
How to do that: