Academic Skills for International Students

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

Using Collocations to Improve Your 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 Academic Writing[…]

Seven Key Skills You Should Develop Before You Go to University

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[…]

IELTS Writing – Main Types of Essay

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[…]

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[…]

Citavi – (Arguably) the Best Tool for Thesis or Dissertation Writing  (if you are a PC user)

Citavi is one of the best tools for writing a thesis or dissertation. It simply makes writing your thesis a by-product of your reading. It cannot get simpler than that! Few people in the UK/Ireland heard of it, however the software is not the new kid on the block. It was created 21 years ago Read more about Citavi – (Arguably) the Best Tool for Thesis or Dissertation Writing  (if you are a PC user)[…]

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[…]

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