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Academic presentations
Read these useful hints about giving academic presentations and listen to someone giving one.

Analysing documents
Strategies to adopt when reading English and a doctor's experience of reading documents in English.

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Exam revision
“Study skills” has become a field all of its own, so much so that now knowing how to study can be almost as difficult as studying itself.

Exam Stress - tips
Find out how to deal with pre-exam nerves.

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Finding Information
Listen to an extract from one of a series of study skills lectures on ways of finding and using information, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of using different ways of doing research.

Finding information online
Find out what tools there are to help you when you search online by listening and reading our article on finding information online.

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Improving your concentration
Have you tried different kinds of music to help you concentrate better?  Check it out.

Improving your memory
There are many ways to help yourself remember. Here you can read about some of these ways and listen to a lecturer explaining another way. Then try them out for yourself and impress your colleagues!

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Learner contracts
What is a learner contract and why may one be useful? Listen to a student talking to his teacher about his studies and how he can use a learner contract.

Learning in groups
Do you prefer to study alone or with other people?  Listen to people talking about the advantages of learning in groups, in subjects varying from music to language.

Learning styles
How do you learn best? Do you have to sit still, in silence or do you walk around the room, talking to yourself? We all have our own preferred learning styles so find out more about the basic learning styles and listen to some students talking about their own experiences.

Learning vocabulary
Do you have special techniques to help you learn new words?  Read about some different techniques and listen to a language learner explaining how he overcomes some of his problems.

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Neuro-Linguistic Programming
NLP is a cognitive and behavioural science that emerged in the mid-1970s  to improve people's personal and professional life.

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Online learning
Motivation, self-discipline and the availability of study time are issues that have always faced distance learners.  Read this article about what makes a good online learner.
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Process writing
This is a series of techniques which will help you to write good, well structured essays.  These techniques encourage you to think about the writing process.
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Read about some ways of helping yourself to assess your progress and listen to Paolo, a boy who has been experimenting with different ways, reflecting on what he has learned.

Study diaries
Do you know what they are?  Find out about study diaries and whether one would be useful for you.

Studying in the UK
The experience of studying away from home is always interesting and if it is not only away from home but also abroad, it is especially enriching, wherever you go. In this article we look at people studying in the UK and at how they are finding their stay.

Stress - see Exam stress

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Talks and lectures
Seminars and lectures are two of the traditional teaching methods used in most university departments. Find out how to get the most out of them.
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Writing Reports
Some people have to write reports regularly in their daily lives, while others only have to do it occasionally for exams.  This article explains quite simple rules which you can follow to help you write better reports in English language exams.

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