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Most common free tools for essay success

Jul 18, 2017

When it comes to getting help with an essay, many students don’t really know where to turn.

Especially for ESL students, or if you’re returning to study after many years - confidence in academic writing does not come easily.

If you’re lucky enough you might have peers, family members, or teachers who can provide a ‘second set of eyes’, but what can you do when that’s not an option, or when you want more external, professional help?

Three Ways to Avoid Plagiarism

Jul 20, 2016

When you're submitting lots of assignments, or when you don't fully understand a topic, or when you don't want to spend the time doing comprehensive research, it's tempting to just copy a snippet of what someone else has said and claim that as your own work.  It's tempting, but don't do it.  As tempting as it is to take a short-cut, this is plagiarism.

Awesome Books To Read Over The School Holidays

Dec 17, 2015

The school holidays are flying by and while it’s the perfect chance to have a break, it’s also a great time to lose yourself in a novel. Reading will not only keep your brain stimulated over the break, but it will help with creative thinking, improve your vocabulary and simply provide you with a wonderful form of entertainment, whether you’re transported to another country, time, place or galaxy.

So these holidays, instead of reading the back of the cereal box (again), or the comments on a YouTube video, why not try reading something new?

How To Write A Persuasive Essay

Aug 7, 2015

It was disappointing to see that persuasive writing was not an area of strong performance in the recent NAPLAN results. Results for year seven and nine students are the lowest since NAPLAN testing began in 2008. As I've written previously, while pressuring students to achieve top marks in the tests is doing things the wrong way, NAPLAN itself is a valuable diagnostic tool when assessing entire cohorts.

Three Ways To Inspire Your Children's Writing

Jun 29, 2015

Creative writing is a valuable skill that every child benefits by developing.  Engaging writing is key to speeches and persuasive pieces, which are common tasks in senior education, and in life generally. Writing narratives equips a student to analyse the writing of others.  And at a really basic level, the more you read and write, the more your vocabulary and your literacy grow, making creative writing important to all primary-age students.

Writing narratives equips a student to analyse the writing of others.  And at a really basic level, the more you read and write, the more your vocabulary and your literacy grow, making creative writing important to all primary-age students.

America's New Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera

Jun 24, 2015

Juan Felipe Herrera has been announced as America's new poet laureate, and he is a fantastic choice. People talk about poetry's ability to communicate culture, and people, and place in a succinct way, and Herrera's work does that.

His work often deals with the question of identity in a multicultural society.  He has been described as a uniquely American voice, but I don't agree; his poems have as much resonance here in Australia, especially now as we struggle with the question of what it means to be a multicultural society.

How To Develop Good Writing Skills

Jun 17, 2015

There are few academic skills more difficult and time-consuming to develop than learning to write a good essay. As every English teacher knows, there are no short-cuts to becoming a competent communicator with the written word. It takes time and practice. If ever there were a poster-child for the “10,000 hours” rule, it’s learning to write.

Techniquely Correct: The Opposite Of Personification

Jun 1, 2015

Welcome to Techniquely Correct, where we talk about the techniques that help you better analyse - and write your own - texts.  This week we're talking about personification and, even more interestingly, the opposite of personification.

Star Wars literature: The stories you haven't seen

May 4, 2015

Today is the fourth of May, and due to the universally accepted power of wordplay and puns this means that today is Star Wars day.

Most people have seen the original trilogy of Star Wars films; A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. But how many of you have read the books?

YourTutor’s, Director of Statistical Analysis (and avid Star Wars fan) Alex Clatworthy, explains how the books uncover stories you’d never know about just watching the films.