Category Archives: Academic English

Finished your Masters?

First of all, congratulations! You’ve worked very hard and probably can’t really believe it is all over! Make sure you spend some time celebrating and congratulating yourself on all your hard work. Well done! What next? You might want some … Continue reading

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Data analysis and SPSS!

If you are in the middle of your master’s dissertation, you might be getting ready to do some data analysis using SPSS. If you’ve never used it before, it can be quite daunting. But there is lots of help available … Continue reading

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Subject-verb agreement

In English, your verb needs to agree with your subject. A common mistake – especially in writing – is with subject and verb agreement. Sometimes the error is due to carelessness – you simply missed the mistake when you were … Continue reading

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Linking words

The correct choice and usage of linking words can make all the difference to your writing. Do you know all the linking words in this table? TIME/ORDER: At first, eventually. Finally, firstly, in the end, in the first place, in … Continue reading

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Making a research poster!

In your university and academic career, you will be asked to make a poster about your research. It’s a challenge to make a poster in your first language, and a bigger one in a second language! There is a lot … Continue reading

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Shakespeare!

April 23rd was Shakespeare’s birthday – and the day of his death – so why not have a go at understanding Shakespeare’s plays yourself? Romeo and Juliet might be the most famous of his stories – but do you also … Continue reading

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Word families

Having a good understanding of word families will help your comprehension and production skills – you should be able to make better guesses about what new words mean, and have a broader vocabulary base to choose from when you write … Continue reading

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How to read an Abstract

When you’re collecting journal articles to read for your Literature Review, you haven’t got time to read each article in full, so being able to read the abstract effectively is a vital skill. Something that might help you get to … Continue reading

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Test your vocabulary

Sunday* is a good time to test your vocabulary. So, here are some tests you might find helpful. After you’ve taken a test, make sure you have a record of some words you don’t know so you can find out … Continue reading

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Writing your research question

If you’re writing a Master’s dissertation this year, one of your first steps is to decide on, and write, your research question, or questions. Essentially this is the question you are going to attempt to answer in your dissertation. So, … Continue reading

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