Barriers to achieving an IELTS 7.0+ academic writing style

For many students, both native and international, one of the most significant challenges of their time at university is the struggle to develop an academic tone of language in both their written work and when speaking in seminars. The required academic tone includes several strands: formal English language and grammar, …

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 …