Writing Matters: capital letters

At some stage, we have all capitalised a word we shouldn’t have and not capitalised when when it was correct to do so. Some capitalisation rules have been etched in our minds since we were kids, and others are less easily recalled.

Getting it right every time can be tricky, so here’s a cheat sheet to help you polish up your writing with correct capitalisation.

Click on the cheat sheet below to download your FREE copy.

A bend in the road isn't the end of the road: tips for reassessing goals and achievements and making a fresh start this semester.

A bend in the road isn't the end of the road: tips for reassessing goals and achievements and making a fresh start this semester.

If your last semester results aren't what you hoped for, if you had a difficult time settling into study, or you weren't able to give all you would have liked to your studies for one reason or another, now is the perfect time to reflect, review and refresh your thinking about your studies.

Planning your semester: why it's important and how to do it.

Planning your semester: why it's important and how to do it.

Putting together a comprehensive plan for your semester isn't something you can do in five minutes; it is, however,  recommended if you want to avoid the stress that comes with being overwhelmed and stressed just a few short weeks into the semester. 

Follow our step by step planning process to ensure you have a plan that is realistic and one that will help you to to get on top of your assignments from the outset.

International Student Pre-Departure Checklist

International Student Pre-Departure Checklist

Are you preparing to travel to Australia to study? This post includes checklists to help you on your way. It includes

  • the essential items you will need to organise for your travel, 

  • tips to help you prepare for life and study after you arrive,

  • and a packing list of the clothes and personal items I suggest you bring with you.

This information has also been included in a handy checklist that you can download and complete in the lead up to your departure.  

Making the most of the summer break to refresh, reflect, and prepare for the year ahead.

Making the most of the summer break to refresh, reflect, and prepare for the year ahead.

The summer break is the perfect time to take stock personally and academically: the perfect time to give yourself a well-earned break, assess how you are progressing, and prepare for the year ahead. Here are some tips to help you make the most of the break and prepare for next semester.


Academic Writing - Style Features

Academic Writing - Style Features

At college or uni, you will be required to write in the formal or academic writing style. To do this successfully you will need to be familiar with the style features of this type of writing.  Here you will find brief outlines of key style features of academic writing. You can also download a cheat sheet containing this information for easy reference when you are writing and editing your work.   

Commonly Confused Words

Commonly Confused Words

The English language is loaded with words that sound the same but mean different things (homonyms) and other words where the spelling is almost the same but the words also mean different things. It's, therefore, not surprising that both native and non-native English speakers sometimes confuse words and the spelling of some words. 

Mature Age Students and Imposter Syndrome – getting the monkey off your back.

Some of the most talented and successful people suffer from imposter syndrome, the worrying belief that you are not as smart or as talented as people think you are, and it won’t be long before you are exposed as a fraud. The brilliant author, poet and Nobel Laureate, May Angelou spoke of feeling like a fraud, saying, “I have written 11 books, but each time I think, uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.” Thankfully, suffering from Imposter syndrome doesn’t make you an imposter.

Top Tips: studying at college or uni - making it work for you.

Top Tips: studying at college or uni - making it work for you.

Success at college or uni doesn't happen by accident or osmosis; it requires motivation, commitment, and plain hard work, but the rewards are well worth it! Here are some tips to help you on your way.

20 Top Tips for International Students: developing your English language skills every day

20 Top Tips for International Students: developing your English language skills every day

Communicating well in the English language will be critical for your success at college or university in Australia. As well as the traditional ways of developing your language skills, there are many ways that you can continuously work on improving your English as you go about your day to day life. Here are 20 top tips.    

Culture Shock: a quick guide for international students

If you are an international student, you are highly likely to experience some degree of culture shock on arrival in Australia and during your first semester - this is perfectly normal. Understanding the culture shock process can help you to reduce its negative effects.