Three things students can think of when writing are helpful for providing thorough answers to questions. It doesn't matter if we are discussing papers or class questions because professors are looking for well thought out answers. Higher education does support specific knowledge but it is more about a way of thinking than anything else.
1. Critical Thinking and Evaluation-The person has evaluated alternatives and thought critically about the information.
2. Logical Discussion and Connection-The logic used to create that conclusion is consistent.
3. Substantive Reference that Supports Conclusion-There are non-biased details that support the conclusion (theory).