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Graduate Profile: Liz Allan

After completing a Bachelor Degree in Creative Writing at Flinders University in 2008, Liz spent several years working in human resources while continuing to develop her fiction in her free time. Over the course of her ‘corporate years,’ Liz wrote two novels, both of which were practice runs, destined for the bottom drawer. The third […]

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The importance of reflecting on your writing process

You submitted your essay. Whew. How did it go? Ask yourself: How efficient were my reading strategies? Did I spend too much time on general materials? Did I miss an important source? How useful were my notes? Did they cover much more material than I needed? Did they leave out essential details about sources? Were […]

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Checklist for Redrafting / Revising

There are lots of things to think about as you complete and plan to submit an assignment. Have a read through this handy checklist for redrafting to make sure you’re on the right track. The list goes over: how to check you’ve written a strong argument whether or not you’ve answered the entire question and nothing […]

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The best academics get feedback on their writing. You should too.

Writing is first and foremost a form of communication. We can only guess at how well we are communicating if we don’t show our work to anyone else. Getting feedback on your writing is the only way to understand how well you are communicating what you want to express. So why not get as much […]

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Communicate with your tutors and lecturers. They want you to do well.

It may be hard for you to imagine, but your tutors and lecturers care a great deal about the courses they teach, and about how well you do in them. They want nothing more than to see you do well. If something is going on with you—you are experiencing depression or anxiety, you are just […]

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Are you resilient? Rise to the challenge of your degree.

Think of your goals: to go on an internship, to study abroad, to work as a translator for the CIA. Whatever it is, imagine how you will get there. How will you reach that goal? Don’t let relatively smaller things get you down and stop you from submitting your assignments and achieving these goals. Your […]

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“Eat that Frog”. Do your hardest thing first.

It’s lunchtime. You sit down to share a box of French fries with your friends. You chat and laugh. You feel good, relieved. That morning, you wrote the first paragraph of an assignment you’d been worried about. Instead of putting it off, you started it. You even jotted down a rough outline. Suddenly, the assignment […]

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Graduate Profile: Dorothea Hoffman

Then, rather suddenly, my life changed. I went to the University of Adelaide as an exchange student and took a class on Indigenous Languages of Australia. My preconceptions about linguistics transformed in a heartbeat when Rob Amery and Peter M¨uhlh¨ausler shared their fascination, passion, and rich knowledge of Aboriginal languages and sparked interests in practical issues of language […]

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Are you resilient?

Many of you are getting your marks for your first assignments. If you find that you are disappointed in your mark, do you wallow in self-pity, or do you rise from the ashes and learn from the experience? Here are some quick tips on how to become, or remain, resilient: Focus on your positive emotions. […]

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Give reasons, not only the facts

When you write a first draft, do you find yourself writing more of a report than an argument? Are you merely explaining, when you should be supporting your argument? If so, follow this advice: Each topic sentence should be a persuasive statement, rather than a factual / explanatory one. For example, here is a factual […]

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