UEA Library and the Learning Enhancement Team have made a website called UEA Your First Assignment and Beyond. So far it consists of: Finding and using information Types of information Finding your sources Reading effectively Evaluating your sources Managing your information Writing your assignment Planning your assignment Using sources in your assignment Drafting your assignment
How to Argue is a book by the lawyer Jonathan Herring. Do you hate arguments and avoid them at all costs? Or do you just find that you keep losing them? Perhaps even when you win, somehow you feel it has all been counter-productive? If so, this is the book for you. It will teach… Read more How to argue
Lander Hawes’s blog offers study advice to international students. For example: From IELTS to University: Counter-Arguments with Cats and Dogs Transforming a model IELTS problem-solution essay into a university-level essay (Part 1) Barriers to achieving an IELTS 7.0+ academic writing style Lander used to teach English at INTO UEA. When not teaching, he puts on… Read more Lander’s blog
You’re not supposed to cite Wikipedia in your assignments, but hey, let’s stick it to the man. And there are occasions when citing Wikipedia is appropriate. Maybe you’re writing an assignment about Wikipedia! For the year of publication, use the year when the Wikipedia page was last modified. This information appears at the bottom of… Read more Citing Wikipedia
Revising for exams? If you want some tips and resources, these might help: Start to finish: Revision from Manchester University GetRevising from The Student Room The Exam Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell There are some more links on our web page, Preparing for exams.
The University of Manchester Library has some online resources on study skills. For example: Dissertations: choosing your topic Never a wasted word: writing your essay Present like a pro: the art of delivery There are many others – on maths, referencing, revision, statistics, reading, research, etc.
If your course requires some maths and you need help, try these sites: mathcentre Mathtutor
The ebook, Eat That Frog! : 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy, is available through UEA Library. We have a link to it on our study skills page. As an explanation of the title, the author writes: Mark Twain once said that if the first… Read more Eating a frog
Some essay-writing tips, e.g. “do not put new things in your conclusion”. Also available as a video:
Our four-week FutureLearn course, Study Skills for International Students, is running again – until 26 September.
The textbook Academic Writing : A Handbook for International Students by Stephen Bailey is now in its 5th edition. Some of our students will have copies of the printed book. The ebook is available through UEA Library.