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We recommend our small group tutorials to students who:
- have just started at Aston and would like to improve their chances of success
- would like to learn how to approach academic assignments, prepare for seminars or cope with lectures
- would like to develop their academic skills further
- like to learn in a collaborative way
These tutorials run in cycles of two consecutive weeks at a time. Each session lasts two hours. To get the most out of the tutorials, you should attend both sessions in a cycle.
Using real academic texts, this workshop gives an overview of common grammatical features seen in academic writing, and provides instruction on typical grammatical errors found in student work. Students will also have an opportunity to familiarise themselves with a selection of interactive grammar exercises and websites.
This workshop focuses on learning general vocabulary needed in the academic environment, and provides tips for learning and remembering new vocabulary you come across in your course of study. It also provides some useful information on e-tools and interactive online activities which can assist you in learning phrases, collocations (word friends) and word usage.
Academic Writing Style; Essay and Report Writing
This workshop clarifies the style conventions and type of language used in academic texts with the goal of helping you improve your reading and writing skills. It also provides instruction on how to write essays and reports. Topics covered are planning, organising research, formatting and structure, paragraphing, citations and referencing.
Discussions with Listening and Pronunciation Tips
This workshop focuses on structure of academic seminars and introduces turn-taking and common phrases used in academic discussions. It will also include advice about note-taking and listening for the main idea and details. Along with general tips for improving your pronunciation this workshop includes specific practice related to common pronunciation errors.