Sudoku is one of the most popular puzzle games of all time.
I was taught that commas were placed when you feel like taking a breath mostly wrong and semi colons were irrelevant so wrong. Other parts of my language knowledge are thin and I still cannot name any part of a sentence with certainty.
By the end of primary school my writing was lively and fun, but full of errors. He is under instruction to correct me when I use bought instead of brought, then instead of than and so on.
With his patient help I no longer embarrass myself at middle class dinner parties and in correspondence with the bank.
Getting through two theses with a white knuckled grip on what little grammar I knew was a nightmare, but instructive. I had to re-learn, pretty much from scratch, many of the technicalities. My poor supervisors had to struggle with me and I thank them from the bottom of my grammar challenged heart.
My students quickly realise they can equal or exceed me with little effort. My approach to teaching writing is deeply informed by my own struggles. So I developed tools for myself using advice I found in books.
I share these tools with PhD students in my workshops and, over the years, their feedback has helped me improve them.
A couple of months ago my friend Margaret Kammel, who is a high school teacher and bloggerread my ebook and discovered some of my tools. These are formatted A4 sheets with exercises and information for teachers to use in class. A lesson can be built around one or two of these A4 sheets.
Margaret suggested I reformat some of my tools and put them online.
In your literature review a verb should describe what you think about the author, as well as what you think the author is doing.
We rarely say what we think directly, we imply it in the way we use verbs. An argument implies that there are reasons given to support a point of view, an assertion is a confident and forceful statement of opinion.
Looking up verbs in the dictionary all the time is annoying, so the verb cheat sheet was born. I made it for myself a long time ago when I realised that my over reliance on a small set of verbs was making my writing boring.
On the sheet I have classified my verbs in groups which, to me, express how I feel about the work I am referencing: Different disciplines have different conventions around verbs — science types tend to use many more neutral verbs for example.
The idea of providing the BLM text as both a PDF and a webpage is that you can easily lift the text and alter it to suit yourself.For some inexplicable reason, perhaps to do with Woodstock, kaftans, free love and the rest, the education department in Australia decided to abandon the teaching of grammar in the late sixties and didn’t start again, as far as I can tell, until the mid 80s.
Quoridor is a 2- or 4-player abstract strategy game designed by Mirko Marchesi and published by Gigamic Games. Quoridor received the Mensa Mind Game award in and the Game Of The Year in the USA, France, Canada and Belgium.
I have a friend who believes that doing a PhD causes brain damage, not just depression.
Her theory was that the constant critique of other scholars’ work and self-critique of one’s own research/writing changed the brain’s wiring (she was a scientist). The best opinions, comments and analysis from The Telegraph.
First developed by The University of Queensland, Australia in , the international Three Minute Thesis competition challenges students to summarize their research or scholarship for a nonspecialist audience using only three minutes of speech and a single PowerPoint slide.
What is Three Minute Thesis (3MT) The Three Minute Thesis is an international competition for higher degree research students to showcase their research.
Students present to an audience on what their research is and why it is important in plain language for three minutes, with only a .