Friday Feedback Takeaway Tips
Every week we learn something new.
This is where I put the quick takeaways from the live Writing Feedback session.
How to introduce new paragraphs/new information in Academic Task 1.
Most common Task 2 mistakes: whereas, although and while.
When you add data in Academic Task 1, you can introduce it with ‘with’ or ‘at’ but there are small grammar differences.
The difference between a job and work (countable/uncountable).
An important feature of academic writing is the ability to distinguish between fact and opinion. Here are some examples.
Here’s a simple way to distinguish between factor, reason and cause.
‘Whereby’ is a useful linking word but it only collocates with certain nouns – check which ones here.
‘Due to’ is a bit more complicated than it looks. Check out the grammar rules here.
‘As well as’ cannot usually replace ‘and’. See how it works here.
‘Overwhelming’ is a useful adjective for emphasis. This blog reviews other uses of the prefixes ‘over’ and ‘under’.
‘Justify’ and ‘justification’ are powerful academic words and therefore excellent to use in formal essays.
Using expression to question how much can be guaranteed (e.g. websites that guarantee Band 7) shows critical thinking – see how to use it here.
‘In case of’ might not have the meaning you think it has – see the issues it causes here.
‘Consideration needs to be given to’ is such a nice formal expression that you can apply to many different topics.
There are many useful collocations for ‘benefit’ that will strengthen your arguments. Practise them here.
‘Advent’ means ‘the coming of’, so it’s useful for introducting Task 2 essays e.g. ‘With the advent of the internet…’
A review of common mistakes with countable/uncountable nouns, using garbage/waste etc as an example.
The main difference between a problem and trouble is countable/uncountable.
This is a language interference issue that is easy to fix,
Avoid using ‘On the contrary’ – it is only used in very specific circumstances.