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How to Write Topic Sentences
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How to Write Topic Sentences

Strong topic sentences are an essential yet often overlooked component of good academic writing. Students that neglect them end up with sloppy and misleading topic sentences that critically undermine the focus and cohesion of their paper.  Ultimately this will drastically reduce the student’s chances of getting the grade they want. But what is the purpose … Continue reading

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George Orwell on Concision and Precision
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George Orwell on Concision and Precision

Students (and all writers) frequently have problems with precision and concision. Naturally, during the writing process, students will produce woolly, imprecise sentences that only hint at the  intended meaning and/or sentences that have only tangential relevance to their paper.  This can be overcome by rigorous  self-editing. However, attempting to objectively evaluate your own work is never … Continue reading

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Academic Referencing Made Easy (Video)
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Academic Referencing Made Easy (Video)

To the uninitiated, referencing and formatting may seem like a trivial matter. Surely it is only what you write that counts right?  No, it is true that the ideas and the writing are the difficult part, but formatting and referencing are important as well. It is impossible to get a good grade without good ideas … Continue reading

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Develop your Internet Research Skills
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Develop your Internet Research Skills

The internet has revolutionised academic research for the better.  However, the exponentially increasing amount of information and resources that can sometimes be hard to navigate and evaluate.  This means that while the internet offers an incredible resource for students,  it has also  multiplied the number of potential pitfalls – many of which can seriously affect … Continue reading

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