Command Terms & Definitions

Command TermsJava the Tree Dragon says "Pay Attention!"

The best way to lose a ton of marks is to answer the wrong question – which happens easily if you don’t pay attention to the command terms! Learn the meanings of the command terms with this presentation. Highlight them in your copy of the syllabus and in exam questions.


Nail down those definitions

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Click for a Quizlet practice set:

Define is a ‘simple’ objective 1 command term… but you must be precise in your answers. Definitions are also a great start to review.

  • Quiz yourself on the definitions, check your answers.
  • Pay attention to the markschemes – what is the importance of the underlined terms and why can’t you get marks without them?
  • ‘Unpack’ the definition into its component parts – what is the relevance of each and how does it lead to more in-depth explanation of the concept?

Here’s a quiz for the define assessment statements in the SL Core and for the two options my class did this year. It’s a GoogleDoc – here’s the link.

  1. Beautiful, thank you so much! I was wondering how in the world to answer those data based questions and I think I understand better now.

  2. gratefulStudent

    I was wondering if anyone had made anything like this, and now you have one! Its a really useful, well organized tool!

  3. gratefuleStudent

    Hello Mr. Taylor,
    May I have permission to make a copy of the Sortable Syllabus and save it to my Google Drive? It is a really useful tool, and I hope to be able to use it offline on my mobile device.

  4. Excellent resource-thank you SO much Stephen for being so generous with your work!! You are becoming famous with my students in Australia!

  5. This is my first year teaching IB Biology, your resources is a big help. Thank you so much.

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