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Successful note-making in lectures

1 Beforehand: get prepared Devise your own note-making shorthand, adapt it for your course requirements and vocabulary and then use it consistently. Having an effective shorthand system avoids the need to write down full words, but remember to introduce new…

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Student Reading

Effective reading

Do you start reading an academic journal article, plough through a few paragraphs and realise you have lost your focus? Try this technique to gain a quick overview and identify the sections you need to read in depth.[1] 1 Reading…

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Proofreading On Paper

Effective proofreading

Proofreading is a final check on a piece of finished work, so make sure you don’t start before you’ve, well, finished. Publishing houses send their proofs out to specialist proofreaders, but if you are proofing your own work, you need…

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How to concentrate

You can strengthen your ability to concentrate, like a muscle. Try these three methods to improve your focus.
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How to quote in your essay

Quoting other writers in your work shows that you are engaging closely with the sources you are citing and can back up your ideas with evidence. Here are three ways to include direct quotes: 1 Integrate the quote in your…

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Transition words

Transition words and phrases help your work to flow smoothly from one paragraph to the next. They act as a helpful signpost.
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