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Improve Your Prospects Through UK Exams
These British Council resources offer guidance on how to choose and take an ESOL exam. They also include links to materials produced by leading TEFL publishers for students preparing for English Language exams.
IELTS - International English Language test - British Council.
Amos Paran, one of our Ask About English experts, recommends:
How To Start Writing
This has a clear, 'clickable' diagram of the writing process from Prewriting to Proofreading, so it's easy to see the main issues related to each stage. For example, there is guidance on keeping a notebook or journal (Prewriting), and advice on how to cut your writing down to size (Editing).
There are also helpful sections on four types of writing for exams
Amos Paran is the Course Leader of the MA in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) by Distance Learning at the Institute of Education, University of London.
Mission Possible: A Study Skills Pack
A wide range of tried-and-tested resources, including
There is also sound advice on the importance of sleep and the quality of revision!
These materials were developed by Mario Petrucci, former Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, 'with the bogged-down student very much in mind'!
Writing Essays: A 'toolbox'
This guide takes you through the whole essay writing process - from preparing and planning to completion. There are many very helpful sections, including
Writing Essays was written by Dr David Kennedy. It is The Royal Literary Fund's online guide to 'everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about writing undergraduate essays'!
Improve Your Memory!
Try the techniques used by 'memory champions'! This site describes many different strategies for improving your memory, such as 'chunking' and 'imagery'. There are also tips to help you remember words in a new language. Enjoy!
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