Academic vocabulary

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You need to use academic vocabulary well to get good marks in your essays. Look at the following sentences:

1. There are lots of Chinese students in British universities.

2. Chinese students have an increasingly high profile in British universities.

Sentence number 2 sounds more academic. The style is better and more suited to academic work. Your work will make a better impression on your reader and you stand a much better chance of getting a higher mark. But being able to use the right academic vocabulary doesn’t come easily! You should be reading as much Academic English as you can and making notes about phrases that you see. You should be building your own dictionary of academic phrases as you go through your studies so that you have a good list of phrases and words at your fingertips in your subject when you come to write your assignments.

Luckily there are lots of academics who have made a wide variety of online exercises where you can improve your academic vocabulary and these are the best ones:

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