Posts By: Nicholas Walker

How to write an email to your teacher

Students aren’t often aware of the impact of their emails on their teachers. Well-written emails strengthen the relationship. Poorly-written emails will arouse resistance and opposition. You don’t want that. Teachers are committed to helping students succeed and prosper. Really. It only makes sense for students to learn to write emails that maximize their chances of

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3 Best Courses for Learning Transition Words for Better Cohesion

Cohesion is what helps your reader understand the connection between your ideas. Transitions and conjunctions are the words and phrases that build cohesion. I have designed the Virtual Writing Tutor’s Cohesion Checker to measure the cohesion in your text by looking for transitions and conjunctions. When the system detects cohesion in your text, it displays

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Best IELTS Vocabulary Courses Online

In the IELTS Task 2 rubric, your band score will be determined in part by the sophisticated control of a wide range of advanced vocabulary that you display in your writing and the elimination of word choice and word form errors. An online IELTS vocabulary course could be the one thing that really helps you

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Article Errors

What are articles? Articles are one of three types of determiner (articles, possessives, demonstratives) that come at the beginning of noun phrases. They help us to say whether things are known or unknown to the reader (the man outside vs. a man outside) and whether we are speaking about particular examples of something (a car caught

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Awkward Phrasing

It is sometimes difficult to know what exactly is meant by phrases such as, according to my memory, he proposed to me, a car that is a gift, my big parent’s house, and it hurt my heart.

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Common Present Perfect Errors and How to Fix them

The Present Perfect tense is a challenge for many learners. If your first language doesn’t have a tense analogous to it, perfect tenses can seem mysterious and unnecessary. Nevertheless, there is a logic to the Present Perfect that is easy to understand. Look at the following common errors, their corrections, and the explanation that follows.

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Easily Confused Words

Some low-frequency words are easy to confuse, especially if they sound similar. Here are some examples of words people mix up, with definitions to help you keep distinctions clear.  Alternate vs. Alternative INCORRECT:  The low-carb pizza is a healthier alternate.CORRECT:  The low-carb pizza is a healthier alternative. Explanation:  Alternate means “to occur in turn repeatedly.”

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Writing about Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams

Make sure to organize your IELTS Task 1 essay so that the reader can navigate it easily. Step 1: Give a clear overview of what the figure is about, showing that you understand the main message it conveys. Step 2: Describe the data in a systematic way (left to right, top to bottom, biggest to

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