A topic analysis will help you to clarify and understand what your assessment question is asking you to do.
You will generally be given three key pieces of information:
For example, lets take a look at the HSM401 assessment question:
Write an academic response justifying what you believe to be the four most important performance indicators in regard to the core activities undertaken in your present work context that you have some influence over.
|Qualifying words & phrases||Performance indicators|
|Key concepts||most important; core activities; work; influence|
Write down the key concepts from your topic and have a go at brainstorming as many alternative keywords and phrases as possible.
Thinking about your topic in this way forces you to describe your topic in "other words", which will provide you with some useful keyword alternatives as well as help you to cement your understanding of the topic.
Dictionaries and encyclopaedias can help you to find additional keywords and get an overview of the concept.
In the Oxford Reference search box below, enter some of the keywords you've identified from your assessment question and note down any alternate keywords that you find.