One of the most common problems when you begin a practical college or university course is that, outside of mathematics, in most cases you will have little or no dealing with the effective answering of problem questions. Therefore, this article will look to take you through some of the key principles that you need to appreciate for effectively partaking in the answering of problem questions in your coursework or exams in brief in practice
For one thing there is a need to remember that, when looking to answer a problem question, the core aspect you are being tested on is your ‘problem-solving abilities’ that you will need in your future career that study in this subject will lead you to like being a lawyer. This is because you will usually have to look to solve practical problems or, at the very least, help to solve problems that are brought before you as part of your work. Therefore, in view of the fact that problem-solving skills are learnt through the answering of problem questions, you need to gain experience so that the academic exercise of solving problem questions will help you hone your skills from an early stage.
With this in mind, in a subject like law, one good way of approaching the answering or problem questions is to look to try and place yourself in the position of a lawyer who has been approached by a client with a problem that needs solving. This means that you will usually have to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a given client’s position in practice in order to then be able to show your ability in this regard in answering a problem question.
As a result, in much the same way as, by way of illustration, the lawyer must listen carefully to understand their client’s narrative, you must read the problem thoroughly making sure you appreciate the significance of every word along with the factual circumstances described in the story to get a sense of the general problem that needs solving. In so doing, I have found that one particularly good tip is to take notes of all the key parties and map their connections as you are reading the hypothetical scenario through. Moreover, there is also a need to appreciate the facts provided are not always straight-forward in view of the many twists and turns, latent facts and other tricks that you have to piece together in answering your problem question.
In addition, one given hypothetical scenario may contain one or more situations which present one or more different issues to be addressed and categorising these in terms of priority. Furthermore, there is also a need to look to draw reasonable inferences to then allow you to deal with the possible issues of concern that may arise in any given case to answer a problem question. This is because you must identify the key issues in the given scenario for answering your problem question and frame them correctly by showing how you came to your conclusions in this regard.
There is also a need to look to apply matters that you have learnt from studying the subject matter to practical hypothetical scenarios which is FUNDAMENTAL to answering the problem questions that you have been set effectively. Therefore, it is important to look to embark on the task of applying the rules in a given subject to the facts of a given hypothetical case for answering problem questions that you have been set. This is because most candidates often fall short when they stop at the point of describing the legal rules, but without making an effort to show how those rules help to resolve the factual problem. As a result, the majority of your marks will be earned depending on as to how well you show the application of the rules of a given subject to the facts of the given case for answering problem questions and so I would advise you to practice as much as possible to learn the skills that you need.
Therefore, this article should hopefully get you thinking in the right way about this kind of academic work so that you are then able to expand on the ideas presented briefly here with the other resources you find useful including ‘The Secret Guide to Academic Writing & Study’ via http://www.academicfx.co.uk that provides you with practial examples and walkthroughs.