The most important academic skills for international students planning to study at English speaking universities. The full-size mindmap of the skills can be downloaded below. This image blog post will be followed by a series of ten movies on academic skills, international students need to succeed at universities in the UK/USA/Australia. Download Mindmap
According to Wikipedia ‘a collocation is a sequence of words or terms that co-occur more often than would be expected by chance’. For instance a noun ‘research’ is likely to be used or collocated with words such as ‘ground-breaking, pioneering or collaborative’. How are we supposed to know whether two words collocate or not? If Read more about Using Collocations to Improve Your Academic Writing[…]
Paraphrasing, quoting and summarising are key academic skills you need to develop in order to correctly acknowledge the work of researchers you cited in your academic assignments. Today I am going to focus only on paraphrasing since students use it far more frequently than quoting and summarising. Although international students need to learn how to Read more about Paraphrasing Techniques[…]
Studying abroad is an amazing experience. Yet, for many international student, it can be also a very stressful time. The main source of stress is usually a heavy academic workload. If you intend to study in the UK, Australia or USA, you are probably focusing your preparations on your English language skills. You might be Read more about Seven Key Skills You Should Develop Before You Go to University[…]
On Task 2 of the IELTS Writing you will have to write a 250-word essay. It is the most important part of the writing component. Rather unsurprisingly, many students find this task particularly challenging. Form my experience many problems related to Task 2 could be easily solved if students learnt to recognise different types of essay Read more about IELTS Writing – Main Types of Essay[…]
Today I will give you several tips that will help you to make the most of Google Scholar. Although some tutors and lecturers and definitely most of librarians don’t like Google Scholar, students do. Frankly, you will have hard time trying to find a better tool to search for academic publications. When I was writing my Read more about How to use Google Scholar for your academic project[…]
Let me be honest with you. If you don’t know English well, the tips I am going to give you below might not be very helpful. However, this general advice is likely to be beneficial for students who have worked hard on their language skills, but did’t focus specifically on IELTS. Please, do familiarise yourself with Read more about Writing Tips for IELTS[…]
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