Academic Skills

Helping you get the most out of your studies

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Worried about Exams?

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The Advice & Representation Centre are here to provide confidential non-judgemental  independent support and advice to all students. If you are worried about exams and would like to talk through your concerns you can drop into the centre on level 3 of the Student Union or e-mail  for advice by email or to book an appointment with an advisor. Advisors can also offer give information about the process of completing and submitting an  individual mitigating circumstances  form, and can discuss the process and your case with you in confidence.


Choosing suitable reporting verbs when building your reasoned argument

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The University of Warwick has some great online resources on academic writing skills, including this very helpful table on how to select the most suitable reporting verbs (based on the strength of the writer's position) when quoting or paraphrasing sources.

The Use of Reporting Verbs in Academic Writing

Here's the link to their Academic skills pages: The University of Warwick


Understanding Instruction Words in Academic Essay Titles

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Instruction or command words indicate what your tutor would like you to do in your written assignment. It is vital that you understand exactly what these instruction words mean so that you can address all parts of the assignment question and provide a comprehensive and complete response.

Here is a list of some of the main instruction/command words most commonly used in essay questions (and examination questions as well), together with explanations. (more…)