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Five Fun Ways to Learn English Without Opening a Textbook

What if you could learn English and have fun without studying textbooks? That would be great right? I mean, I technically learnt English (along with around 400 million other people) without consciously

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Academic English and EAP: What Are They?

You keep seeing Academic English and EAP, right? I didn’t see the word ‘academic’ until I became a university student. Fast-forward a few years later when I became a lecturer, and then

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The Thesis Statement – The Most Important Sentence In An Essay: Part 1

I see a number of reasons why essays receive poor grades as a lecturer, such as language accuracy, informal writing, weak evidence, structure, and so on. These are all important. But, no single sentence,

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Can I Write ‘I’ In My Essay? Personal Pronoun Problems

I remember when I was an 18 year-old first year undergraduate student writing an essay about the metaphors within the Sherlock Holmes fictional universe. This was my first ever academic essay. I was really

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Help! I’ve Used “Informal English” In My Essay!

Your essay has been marked, and the feedback says you have used informal English and it’s not academic enough. But English isn’t your first language, and you’re not too sure what is formal

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Do You Use ‘Thing’ Too Much? Try These

Thing is one of the most overused words in Academic English. You’ve probably written something like:  “This essay will discuss several possible things” OR “One thing which affected the

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Time Management Tips for Successful Students

Time is valuable to everyone, but time management can be difficult. You’ve probably had times when you’ve wished for more time (most likely at 11pm the night before an assignment deadline…) For

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Never be late for a 9am Lecture Again!

Being late is easy! Why is waking up for a 9am lecture much harder than waking up for a 5am flight? It’s tough waking up for an early class (especially if your lecturer isn’t the most interesting person

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Six Effective Reading Strategies to Make you a Faster, More Efficient Reader

University reading lists can be pretty long. In fact, many students often complain about how much they have to read before they’ve even started their Master’s degree courses. So, imagine how easy your

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Dominant or Submissive: Which Kind of Reader are You?

When I ask, “are you a dominant reader?“, I’m not asking if you grab the book before you read it and declare, “I AM GOING TO READ YOU!” I’m asking if you are in control of your reading. Take

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