Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Essay writing: the question

When answering an essay question it is important that before you start writing
you know exactly what the question is asking, so as to be able to answer it appropriately. I read a lot of essays that are either: too descriptive,  answer another question, start by answering the question and then move off target, provide a thorough background to all the issues raised by the question but never actually answer it. This is always difficult for me to see because their authors have spent a lot of time and effort in the research and writing, being let down only by the failure to fully understand the question.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Getting started

The start of a new academic year brings fresh ideas and new blood to the universities in the UK and elsewhere in the English speaking world. Lots of you are settling in just now and realising the huge task that awaits you before you experience the jubilation of donning your graduation gowns. Despite the daunting year (or four) that awaits, this is an exciting time. I am excited about the opportunity help out the many international students who worry that there written English might put their chances of success in jeopardy, via my website. I really am - as I am mainly working on PhDs and journal articles at this time of year and late dissertations I am really looking forward to receiving some new shorter works by the incoming Masters students, and excited to see what different subjects I will have the opportunity to learn about this year! It is also a good time for me to get back to blogging, and to introduce newer readers to things they should consider now that they have begun studying in a new country and a different academic culture . . .