Explain questions are asking you to show cause and effect as you try to justify whatever the question is asking of you. It involves you writing 2 sentences: sentence 1 is making a statement in relation to the question and sentence 2 is showing the effect. It is sentence 2 where you look to pick up your mark. It is important to note that the cause given in sentence 1 must correspond with the effect in sentence 2. If these do not match up, you will not get a mark. Let’s look at some examples of these through 1 mark answers.
- Q) Explain why you should collect data before starting a mental development plan.
Sentence 1: ‘I collected data before starting a mental development plan because it helped me identify my strengths and weaknesses.’
Sentence 2: ‘This meant I was able to create a development plan that was actually relevant for my weakness of motivation and include approaches that actually developed this factor.’
In the above answer, it is clear that sentence 1 is answering the question however this alone is not enough. Sentence 2 goes beyond this by showing the effect sentence 1 has and this enables you to pick up a mark.
- Q) Explain why you used a certain method to monitor your progress in the social factor.
‘I used a training diary because it was a portable method that I carried to training with me. This meant I was able to take notes on our team dynamics during the session and record thoughts and feelings that were fresh in my head.’
Again, looking at the above answer. Sentence 1 is answering the question whilst sentence 2 shows the effect sentence 1 has on monitoring processes. Doing this allows you to pick up marks.
Let’s now switch our attention to analyse.