Why Band 6.5 IELTS Might not be Enough to Succeed at University

The majority of international students who want to study in British or Australian universities take the IELTS. When preparing for the exam, these students frequently aim for Band 6.5 since it is sufficient to enter most of the British/Australian universities. In fact, more than half of the universities in the UK are happy to accept Read more about Why Band 6.5 IELTS Might not be Enough to Succeed at University[…]

Should you use MS Word for a thesis, dissertation or assignment?

  You might have written your assignments or an undergraduate project in MS Word, Google Documents or OpenOffice and you cannot see the point of learning another piece of software. Although I believe Citavi/Zotero/Scrivener can dramatically accelerate students’ academic writing, these tools might not be for everybody. At the end of the day, everybody thinks, writes Read more about Should you use MS Word for a thesis, dissertation or assignment?[…]

​Write a Thesis OR Dissertation faster with  Scrivener

Scrivener is a document-writing and knowledge management software that helps to write, manage and structure long and complicated documents. The tool was created for book writers, novelist and scriptwriters to help them tame chaos and information overload.  Unsurprisingly, Scrivener was quickly discovered and adopted by PhD students and academics who also have to deal with the Read more about ​Write a Thesis OR Dissertation faster with  Scrivener[…]

​Why You Should Use Software Tools for your Thesis or Dissertation?

  Writing a PhD thesis or Masters Dissertation is hard. It involves reading hundreds of books and research papers and taking thousands of notes. Imagine you have just found an important journal article for your project. ​Even before you start to read it, you will need to give it a consistent and descriptive name. ​Then you Read more about ​Why You Should Use Software Tools for your Thesis or Dissertation?[…]

Using Collocations to Improve Your IELTS Score or academic writing

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 IELTS Score or academic writing[…]

Simplify Academic Writing with WordWeb Dictionary & Thesaurus

I still remember the time when I had to consult every unknown word with my print Collins dictionary. Frankly, I don’t miss it at all. It was just time-consuming. Nowadays, I look up novel words with WordWeb which is a dictionary and thesaurus in one package. It is joy to use. If you’re an international student writing Read more about Simplify Academic Writing with WordWeb Dictionary & Thesaurus[…]

Learn Academic Vocabulary for IELTS Quickly with Anki Flashcards

What is Anki? Anki is an enhanced digital flashcards program or app for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS. Anki is based on so-called ‘spaced repetition’ which is an ingenious method of employing an algorithm to move new words from short-time to long-time memory. How does Anki work? Imagine that you have a database of IELTS or academic words. Read more about Learn Academic Vocabulary for IELTS Quickly with Anki Flashcards[…]

Learning English for IELTS with ReadLang

If I were to choose the best online language learning tool, I am sure I would vote for ReadLang. You know, there are plenty language apps/web apps/services which  supposedly can help you master a language. Unfortunately, most of them fall short of this promise. They seem to be directed more to casual language learners who Read more about Learning English for IELTS with ReadLang[…]

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