In your discussion you should consider the implication. So, not just the reasons and you have to critically analyze; just don’t not say, this is one of the reason and reason one, reason two, reason three, but you have to also critically analyze, support it through some scholarly academic readings, and that’s is where the entire idea of research comes in. That when you are asked to critically analyze or support something then you have to look at some kind of readings that support this kind of a question or this kind of an argument, so that is what we mean by taking a stand and developing an argument. You look at the entire question and you have to consider what kind of impact would, these reasons would have on formulation of social policy or public policy. So, there is lot that is happening in this question. It has various parts; each part has to be given responses properly. Look at this line, and here is a list of useful words in academic writing. Analyse, argue, assess, claims, define, describe, discuss, question, summarize. Enumerate, emphasise, elaborate, explain, illustrate, identify, trace, prove, reflect, state, point out, observe. Why are these words important for us?
These are the words we use in our written language. Now we are not talking about an ordinary written communication he says and she says and I said and they said and I feel and I believe; you have to now look at some of the jargons of academic writing where you use such kind of language. So, you identify trace, prove, reflect, demonstrate, illustrate, and all these words are loaded with meaning not as simple as I feel, I say, I would say all right in written ordinary written communication or spoken communication. Here you are looking at something more complex. Remember, an academic question demands attention. So, identify the key words in the essay topic, and ensure that you understand what you have being asked to do. You have to also pay attention to each part in each section of the question and make sure that you do not deviate or digression from it. Look at that question on social policy, and reasons for divorce rate, make sure that you are talking about divorce rate, the reasons – analyzing the reasons and what all this could have, what implications all these could have on making social policy.
Now, digression would be you start talking, you take a stand and then go and beat about it as much, women’s education, you take up something like women’s education and then go on and on and on about it. You do not talk about the overall picture; you do not view in your argument and response in the kind of discussion you are supposed to have. So, we go there deviating and digressing. Remember, if there are two parts in the question; make sure that you respond to both parts as you have already seen in that previous question. Let’s us talk about researching for academic essays.