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Sources of advice about academic writing ***UPDATED!***

Here in Leeds, it’s that time of year when students are either getting a lot of work back, or looking forward to work that’s due soon (mentioning no names, the DISSERTATION). In the last few days and weeks, I’ve spoken to a lot of students about the mechanics of writing, which has led me to put together this list of resources which I have used in the past, or found helpful. I hope to be able to add to it over time too.

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Should the History Lecture be History?

Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand Confucius

There is no doubt that the traditional lecture is under fire, and many would argue that it is with good cause.  Outmoded and didactic, the lecture is something of an educational dinosaur, appearing as a format that is contrary to contemporary thought on optimum ways of learning and seemingly undermining many universities’ aspirations when it comes to research-led teaching. But for all the criticism that exists surrounding the lecture format, it persists – why is this the case, and how far do we need to change the traditional lecture to meet the needs of our students in the twenty-first century?

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