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Impress Your Friends By Talking To Yourself

Do you ever freeze before replying to someone because you don’t know what to say? Or, do you avoid speaking to people, so you don’t have to use English? I know how it feels – I was the same (in another

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Make Your English Natural with Collocations

Do you dream of speaking English like it was your first language? Do you ever wish you could write sentences which just seem natural and complex? Do you want to avoid using strange expressions like ‘snow

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The 6 Most Common Academic English Tenses

You know what – grammar scares a lot of people. It scares them so much that they put too much focus on it OR ignore it completely! For teachers and frustrated students, grammar gives a structure for

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How to Read And Take Really Good Notes

“I didn’t know that I would have to read so much!” “Sam, I have to read too much on my course. I don’t know what’s important.” Does this sound familiar? One thing that many of my students

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Improve Your English Listening Skills In 10 Minutes

Put your hand up if listening tests and lectures stress you out. But the truth is many students don’t evaluate their listening. They usually just finish the listening and forget about it… Why? they

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Using Journal Articles to Make Your Dissertation (and Your Life) Easier

Anyone who has written or is writing a dissertation will agree with me when I say: Dissertations are not easy. Are they fun? Possibly. Are they easy? No, definitely not. But what if dissertations could

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How to Easily Write An Introduction For Any Essay

I think you’ll agree with me when I say that sometimes: It’s really difficult to write a good essay introduction. Or is it? Well, it turns out that introductions can be much easier to write if

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Thesis Statements: The Complete Guide

Thesis statements are pretty important, but they cause students a whole lot of trouble. You can find them in the introduction of an essay.  They’re usually only one sentence and they contain two important

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How to Make Flashcards That Work

Most people agree that flashcards are a really useful learning tool, but most people don’t know how to make flashcards that work. Most people just put a few pieces on information on a flashcard, such

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14 Effective Academic English Vocabulary Learning Strategies

Having a good Academic English vocabulary is a significant part of studying at university. If you have a large Academic English vocabulary, you’ll write better essays, give better presentations and

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