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[…]

How to use Google Scholar for your academic project

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[…]

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[…]

The Most Important Skill International Students Should Master to Succeed at University in the UK

Studying in a second language can be daunting.  I know this from my own experience. I still remember how nervous I was when I was about to start my studies in the UK. I kept asking myself questions: ‘Am I good enough to succeed?’, ‘What can I do to increase my chances at university?’, ‘Are my language skills on Read more about The Most Important Skill International Students Should Master to Succeed at University in the UK[…]

Search Strategy for Your Assignment

It always astounds me how many masters and doctoral students have no particular search strategy in place before they start their research projects. Unsurprisingly, their search for sources is neither systematic nor exhaustive. Of course, it affects their projects in many different ways. None of them is good. Although writing an academic assignment doesn’t require a Read more about Search Strategy for Your Assignment[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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