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Responding to feedback on writing

You will receive feedback for the assignments you do; in some cases this will be formative feedback which means the work you do will not necessarily count towards your final …

Using cautious language

When presenting theories or discussing findings from research, cautious language tends to be used. This is sometimes referred to a hedging. In the academic world knowledge tends to be developed …

Using impersonal language

In the previous Step Dr Parvaneh Tavakoli mentioned that the type of language used in academic writing and its level of complexity vary from one discipline to another. Despite this …

Advice on academic writing

In this video Dr Parvaneh Tavakoli talks about differences in the language used in academic writing from one discipline to another, and about the support that is available to help …

What to do when you arrive

Pre-arrival information and things you need to do on arrival As you know, during your first week at your new university – Freshers’ or Welcome Week – there will be …

End of week summary

Well done for completing Week 4. UPDATE: Friday 31 July at 16.00 Watch Lead Educator, Brian Turner, discuss the topics covered in Week 4, with some final advice as the …

Appetite for more

We have a range of apps for you to try out this week, and as usual they reflect the varied topics we have covered: assessment and exams, writing, and getting …

Types of assessment

Universities in the UK go to great lengths to ensure that the ways students are assessed, match the educational objectives, are fair to students, and produce reliable results. They also …

Quotations, summaries and paraphrases

As discussed in Step 4.9, when you do any research at university and use it in your own writing it’s important to reference your sources. How do you cite these …

What academic integrity means for students

In the previous Step you learned about academic integrity, and in particular the importance of ensuring that it’s clear in your writing which ideas are your own, and which come …

What is academic integrity?

One exciting aspect of joining a degree course at a UK university is that you’ll become part of the academic community. This community brings together students, lecturers, researchers and other …

Writing at university

On your course, you’ll be expected to produce written responses to different assignments. These assignments will vary considerably depending on the discipline in which you’re studying. Students of science subjects …

Appetite for more

Here are some more apps for you to explore. This week’s online and mobile resources are related to reading, research and referencing, and to taking care of yourself. Try out …

Where to go for support

Studying in a new place is an exciting and fulfilling adventure. However, there are times when students who are far away from their usual support network face challenges that are …

Note-taking when reading

In Step 1.15, you read an article about note-taking and lectures. It was pointed out that taking notes is very personal, and so it’s important to choose the style which …