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Preparing for Success

Analyse your topic

Analyse your essay question to identify key concepts (keywords) for your topic:

  • What is the overall topic the task is asking you to address? (Identify keywords that describe the main ideas in the topic)
  • What specific sub-topic within that bigger topic do I need to focus on? (Identify narrower terms or terms related to your specific focus)
  • Add to the list of keywords with alternative keywords, synonyms, related words.
  • More information on analysing your assessment, look under the section Preparing for Assessments, from the Learning Zone Quick Guides.

Identify keywords

Write down the keywords and alternative keywords - use them in different combinations in your searches  

Keywords Alternative keywords

Social media marketing



Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn

Pros and cons




Unmanned aerial vehicles; UAVs; Commercial drones; Drone technology; Hobby drones



Mobile technology, smartphones

health care, nursing home

Credo reference - define your topic

Credo reference - is a collection of dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Search your concepts to understand your topic better and use the mind map feature to locate related topics and keywords.