Make sure you understand the meaning of key words in an essay question, especially task words. As Task words are verbs that direct you and tell you how to go about answering a question, understanding the meaning s you know exactly what you to do.Content words tell you what the topic area(s) of your assignment are and take you halfway towards narrowing down your material and selecting your answer. Content words you to focus your research and reading on the correct area.Limiting words make a broad topic workable. They focus the topic area further by indicating aspects you should narrowly concentrate on.If you’re not sure about any aspect of the question, ask your tutor/lecturer for clarification. Never start any assignment until you know and understand exactly what you are being asked to do.