This year is certainly not easy for any of us. For people at my age in Hong Kong, it is hardly ever possible to attend our graduation ceremonies. When we were graduating from kindergarten, we had SARS. When we were… Read moreYear-end reflection
In February, Mattia had a Q&A session with his peers and I believe we now have an overview of their lives as PhD students. This time, I have asked my MSc friends several questions – featuring Crystal Cheung (MSc Applied… Read moreQ&A with MSc students
It all started just as a one-off. One of my classmates suggested that she would enjoy hosting a pub quiz if we were up for it, and of course the answer was yes! We all agreed on a date and… Read moreHow do my classmates and I stay connected online right now? 3 words: Weekly Pub Quizzes 😉
Three quick questions with three second-year Linguistics PhD students – starring Lisa Gotthard, Alex Lorson and Sarah van Eyndhoven. Question 1How did you end up pursuing a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh? Alex: For me, this was… Read morePhD question time
1 Did you know…? That unlike at most other universities, students at the University of Edinburgh don’t wear mortar board hats to doff to the Chancellor at the graduation ceremony? Instead, we are tapped on the head with the ‘Geneva… Read moreDid you know….? 3 + 1 interesting/fun facts about the University of Edinburgh
I surely remember some long nights spent writing papers for my Master’s as if it were yesterday. Okay, yes, it was only a couple of years ago – but still. ‘What’s the point in writing this anyway?’, I would ask myself, as I frantically browsed through endless lists of references. Following a brief search on the web, I realise many students struggle with writing essays. Rightfully, then, you may ask why papers are such a widespread method of assessing students at UK universities. Many essays and two degrees later – now teaching in higher education myself – I think I might have figured it out.
As the year goes on and exams come closer, you might have some difficulties trying to fit all that information in your head. Here I’ve gathered 7 tips (lucky number) to make it easier for you all. 1. Don’t leave… Read moreHaving trouble studying? Tips to improve your process
Bilinguals use their languages in different contexts, with different people, for different goals. As a consequence, it would be impossible to be bilingual and have the exact same command of both languages – i.e. the “true bilingualism” the man I met spoke of, or balanced bilingualism, as researchers call it. In brief, all bilinguals have different commands of the languages they speak – and that is absolutely okay.
So, I have a confession to make, I am the epitome of the lazy student type, the one that procrastinates writing their essays until the last minute. I get outburst of motivation through the semester but never consistently enough to… Read moreUse the writing centre!
In your third year at Edinburgh, you can opt to spend your year abroad! You might find yourself studying while exploring a new culture in New Zealand or working as a teacher in Japan. Thanks to our long history and… Read moreYear Abroad: What do our PPLS students think?