Improving an IELTS 4.5-6.0 IELTS academic writing grade

One the of the challenges which Asian students face is developing their understanding of sentence-level English grammar. Frequently, Asian students arrive in the UK with English language training that has prioritised paragraph-level grammar, particularly adverbs like ‘however’ and ‘although’ used to link or modify subjects between sentences. These linking adverbs …

How international students should approach writing coursework

Introduction Most degree courses will require students and international students to produce written coursework as part of the assessment for different course modules. This coursework could be essays, reports, or a piece of reflective writing, usually between 1,500 and 3,000 words in length. This blog post will outline some important …

Academic reading and year 1 academic course books

The first year of many university courses relies on books which offer an introduction to the module subject. For example, Introduction to Psychology, or Essentials of Business and Marketing. These books are long, at around 500 pages, and contain a significant proportion of the weekly reading required for the course. …

What International Students Should Do Differently

1. USE ALL AVAILABLE LEARNING TOOLS AND STRATEGIES Comprehending lectures can be a significant challenge for international students. Both the difficulty of the lecture topic and the accent of the lecturer can confuse students, and the quality of lecture support can vary between lecturers. To counter this, international students should …

12 first term tips for international students

1: BE PAPER ORGANISED Your lecturers will give you A4-sized lecture notes, and you should store these in ring-binder folders. It’s a good idea to write the dates and times on lecture notes, as this will help when organising them. Also, putting the notes in transparent A4 plastic sleeves protects …