What’s the point of writing essays? Engaging students in higher education

What's the point of writing essays? Engaging students in higher education

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.

“So, do YOU speak a second language?” Bilingualism myths and misconceptions

"So, do YOU speak a second language?" Bilingualism myths and misconceptions

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.

Year Abroad: What do our PPLS students think?

Year Abroad: What do our PPLS students think?

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?

English BA, MA vs. Scottish MA

One of the things some people haven’t quite worked out when applying to Edinburgh is the difference between a Scottish MA and an English MA. This article will hopefully clear up any confusion! When I first visited the School of… Read moreEnglish BA, MA vs. Scottish MA

A student’s five top tips to make the most of lectures and tutorials

A student's five top tips to make the most of lectures and tutorials

Joining university can be daunting. School often provides full schedules and clear responsibilities, and it can be quite a shock to be faced with a handful of contact hours (and plenty of free time). Equally, it’s easy to get lost… Read moreA student’s five top tips to make the most of lectures and tutorials

Stop dreading the deadline

Stop dreading the deadline

  Having just gotten through my first two essays, I can say a Master’s year is pretty intense. As many people – myself often included – face deadlines like big scary monsters that get bigger and scarier as they approach,… Read moreStop dreading the deadline

Find the perfect accommodation

It’s a daunting task, I won’t lie. To make it easier, here are 6 questions that will help you decide. 1. What are your options? Edinburgh offers everything from university and private student halls to shared flats and single-person houses…. Read moreFind the perfect accommodation