Posts in the 'Academic' category

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Free online academic resources – part two (Project Gutenberg)

If you’re studying a subject that involves reading books which were published over 70 years or so ago, you might want to search for them on Project Gutenberg. This is an online repository of books that are out of copyright, and it holds a huge number of very varied works.

Free online academic resources – part one (JSTOR and OED)

You need some reference material for your essay or seminar preparation … why not try using online resources, instead of trekking to the library?

Using quotations effectively in your essays

Whatever subject you’re doing at uni, you’ll probably have to write an essay at some point. And in your essay, chances are you’ll want to quote from someone else.

Study smart, not hard – part two

These three piece of advice follow on from yesterday’s tips on study smart, not hard .

Study smart, not hard – part one

As a student, it’s easy to get wrapped up in studying for the sake of it. Maybe you’re trying to achieve some set quota of hours per day, or maybe you feel you “should” be studying all the time (but you’re not quite sure what or how).

Write faster: 10 quick tips

How long does it take you to write an essay? When I was an undergrad, I could dash off a decent draft of a 1,500-1,800 word essay in 90 minutes. Want to know how? I’ll keep this short, as reading a length blog posts is not going to help you get that assignment done…

How to start an essay: the opening sentence

Often, the hardest words to write in an essay are the opening ones. When you’re doing the first draft, I’d suggest just writing your way through the introduction without worrying too much – you’ll want to come back to it when you’ve got the body and the conclusion of your essay firmly decided upon. But […]

Never Miss An Essay Deadline

I had written a piece for you on how to get an essay extension. But I scrapped that. You need to tackle the problem before it arises, by knowing how to always meet deadlines.

Research anything in ten minutes – seven steps

For me, having to research a new topic from scratch can mean the onset of severe procrastination. But once I’ve reorganised by bookshelves, de-cluttered noticeboard, uploaded and tagged all my latest photos on Facebook … that project’s still sitting on my desk, staring at me.