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I did the thing!

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Published by Hermine Chan

Alumna Robyn J. shares some reflections and insights with us on her academic journey that led to graduation day! 

Thesis Statement 101

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SLC Graduate Facilitator, Daniel C. shares his thesis statement tips with us in a video! 

Getting feedback for your writing

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Published by Hermine Chan

Asking for feedback for your writing sounds great. But how do you do it? How do you know what helps and what doesn't? 

The difference between Conversational and Academic English

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Published by Hermine Chan

Words are just words. Or are they? Writing & Learning Peer Angelica Y. writes about the differences between conversational and academic English and gives us some tips for improving our everyday conversations.

Academic integrity and getting help ethically

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Published by Hermine Chan

When issues of academic integrity are brought up, it's sometimes easy to dismiss them as just something that the "bad students" do. But sometimes, it is much more complicated than that. Let's talk about what to do and how to get help ethically.

Improving your thesis statement

Published by Hermine Chan

It’s that time of the semester when essays are assigned! They say the most important sentence in your essay is your thesis statement. But how do you write a good thesis statement?  

Lost In Translation: Gaa jau, everyone!

Published by Hermine Chan

In these Lost in Translation posts you can expect to read about common words and phrases that result in interesting (and sometimes funny) translations when we try to explain them in English. 

Contributions to this series come from across the SLC and we also welcome submissions from the wider university community. 

Our third post features Cantonese, one of the most difficult languages to learn for non-native speakers, but it is one of the dialects that sounds the closest to ancient Chinese.