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.

Making the most of the night before your exam

Making the most of the night before your exam

In the best-case-scenario, you’ve finished revising but now you don’t know what to do with your time. In the emergency scenario, your dog may as well have eaten all your materials, because that just about sums up how much you’ve… Read moreMaking the most of the night before your exam

“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.

A postgrad’s life during the dissertation stage

It’s that time of year for Master’s students: dissertation time. Although I only finished my last course assignments less than a month ago, I’ve had enough time to realise that working on a dissertation is a different experience than the… Read moreA postgrad’s life during the dissertation stage