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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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Do I have the authority to give my opinion?

If you’ve ever wondered this question, the answer is YES. Yes, you do. It may seem strange to give your opinion in the essays you are asked to write. After all, you are most likely new to this topic, and you are also ‘just’ a first year student. You are not giving yourself enough credit. […]

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Am I explaining too much or too little? Finding the middle ground

Your main goal for most of your assignments is to answer a question, and that question is asking you to state an opinion / make an argument / take a position. While there may be a great deal of information you need to convey to answer your essay question, you are not writing a report. […]

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Explore the Academic Resources in each Course

Perhaps just the piece of advice or instruction you are looking for exists right within your grasp, under the Resources tab in each of your MyUni courses. Instructors often provide helpful guides, tips, and modules within their courses, so have a poke around. The Academic Skills Resource course, located under ‘Other Courses’ on your MyUni […]

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Say Hello to the Person Next to You

Put down your phone. Just for a minute. Catch the eye of the person next to you. Smile. Say “Hi.” Talk about the class, your jobs, your other assignments, anything. You’ve made a friend. Now do it again. It’s easy to immerse ourselves in the world of our phones—the people who love and care about […]

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Discover a Place on Campus to Suit Your Study Style

When I was an undergraduate, I had one desk at the library that I loved. It was a quiet spot on the third floor, nestled near contemporary novels. I would stare at the incoherent etchings and doodles on the surface of the desk, and distract myself with thoughts of all the students who studied here […]

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It’s OK To Ask For Help

For my very first essay of my undergraduate degree, I got a C, and I was very disappointed. Yet, I also knew that I deserved this mark, because I hadn’t asked for any help while writing the paper, and I didn’t understand the assignment or how to write it. I suffered alone, confused and overwhelmed, […]

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Participate Meaningfully

What does it mean to participate meaningfully? It doesn’t mean talking all the time, or merely gracing the tutorial group with your mute existence. It does mean trying to build on and summarise comments from others, and showing appreciation for others’ contributions. It means saying what you are thinking (even if you are confused and […]

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Make a Checklist

What do surgeons, David Lee Roth and top chefs have in common? They all use checklists! There is no field or profession where checklists might not help, even the most important endeavour of all: university study! “We don’t like checklists. They can be painstaking. They’re not much fun. … It somehow feels beneath us to […]

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Improve Your Memory

Wouldn’t it be great if our memories worked like a recorder? The more we read and studied something, the more we would remember. Sadly, this is the opposite of how our brains work. Simply re-reading highlighted notes and lectures slides might even lead to confusion: familiarity with the material may lead you think you understand […]

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