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EP 23: Most Common Academic Words To Improve Your Academic Writing

Are you looking to increase your academic or English vocabulary? This week on the Homework Help Show our Host and Top Writer Cath Anne builds on a series in which she discusses the most commonly used academic words. Follow along so that you can increase your academic comprehension and incorporate some new words into your academic writing! Using the words, Cath Anne discusses how to create your own sentences. Leave them in the comments below! We would love to hear from you. Join the conversation!

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Cath Anne: [00:00:05] How’s it going guys? It’s Cath Anne, weekly host of the Homework Help Show, and Top Writer with Homework Help Global.

Cath Anne: [00:00:11] This week we will continue our video series in which we discuss five common academic words to incorporate into your academic writing and your academic life. This series will help you expand your academic vocabulary using the Academic Word List, which is a list that is readily accessible on the Web. All you have to do is Google Academic Word List.

Cath Anne: [00:00:34] All students, home students and overseas students need to learn the technical vocabulary of the field as learners of English preparing for academic study. You also need to learn general academic vocabulary words. This core academic vocabulary is used by writers in many different subject areas. Learning vocabulary from the AWL will help you to improve your comprehension of academic texts. It will also help you to write assignments in academic style.

Cath Anne: [00:01:06] Feel free to look back on these videos when you need a reminder of the various words we have discussed. One way to learn a new vocabulary words is to practice a new word every day. It is also really important to learn these words in context and this is what we will be doing today. We will be discussing the word in the context within a sentence so that you will be more likely to retain the information.

Cath Anne: [00:01:33] Before we jump in I just wanted to give you a quick reminder to join me live on Instagram and Facebook live every Thursday at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. We’ll be doing a live Q and A and study session. So, bring your homework and any questions that you may have and we will try to help you out.

Cath Anne: [00:01:50] Let’s get into the content. Just a reminder, that we encourage you to pause the video at any time to take notes. We’ll be covering a lot of information pretty quickly. So, definitely we highly encourage you to stop and take some jot notes along the way.

Cath Anne: [00:02:07] This week we will add to our initial list with five more academic words. In this session we will be discussing the word, the part of speech, (whether it’s a noun, verb, or adjective) the meaning of the word. Then of course, as I mentioned we will put the word into a sentence so you can get a sense of the word in context.

Cath Anne: [00:02:36] Let’s begin.

Cath Anne: [00:02:37] So the first word for this week is conclusion. Conclusion is a noun. It means the end or close. The word is important in academic writing, or if you are giving a presentation. You will frequently hear the phrase, “In conclusion” which tells people that this is the end. What was the final result? “In conclusion, John won the award”. “John worked really hard at his studies, and in conclusion he won the award”. So, in the end because of his hard work John won the award. I’m going to write in conclusion down because that will be a helpful phrase for you to use both in your writing and in your presentations.

Cath Anne: [00:03:50] The next word is conduct. It is a verb meaning to organize or to lead an activity. Make sure not to confuse this word with the noun conduct which refers to someone’s behavior. The stress in this word is on the second syllable: conduct, conduct.

Cath Anne: [00:04:13] There are many different things that we can conduct. Some of the more common ones are: we can conduct research or we can conduct business.

Cath Anne: [00:04:22] Maybe we can conduct a meeting. Used in a sentence, “We can say Joe conducts the orchestra”. In other words, he leads the orchestra. “Joe conducts the orchestra”. So, again conduct as opposed to conduct.

Cath Anne: [00:04:49] The next word is consistent. Consistent is an adjective. It means acting or done in the same way over time; not moving away from principles or being contradictory. So, we could say, “The mom was consistent in baking cookies for the children because the mom was consistent”.

Cath Anne: [00:05:22] The children came to expect the cookies. Yum yum. So the mom repeatedly made cookies and the children, therefore came to expect them. She was consistent.

Cath Anne: [00:05:37] Number four is a word that I have mentioned pretty consistently throughout this session which is context. It is a noun. It means part of a statement that can either be written or spoken to surround a specific word or phrase. So, the best way to understand the meaning of the word is to put it in context. So, that is essentially what we are doing here we are putting these words in context. If you are if you understand what is being said at the beginning and what is being said at the end then you can probably guess what the word or phrase means.

Cath Anne: [00:06:24] So, for example, “Dark clouds covered the sky. It was a perilous journey and no one returned”.

Cath Anne: [00:06:32] If you don’t know what the word perilous means because it is a bit complicated you can put it into context. So, in other words, look at the words surrounding the word: dark clouds, no one returned. These are bad things. This indicates that perilous means something bad or dangerous, maybe even life threatening.

Cath Anne: [00:06:53] In other words in order to understand a word we can put it into context. Perilous means something bad or dangerous.

Cath Anne: [00:07:07] Finally, we have the word coordination. Coordination is a noun.

Cath Anne: [00:07:24] It is a combination of parts or people working together. “We must have coordination if we are going to succeed.” “There was no coordination between the two teams and they were not successful in attaining their goal.” If there is no coordination things do not work out well. So, in other words coordination means things that are working together simultaneously towards an end and often a successful goal.

Cath Anne: [00:07:55] So that is it for this week.

Cath Anne: [00:07:57] Those were your five academic words from the Academic Word List. I hope this session was of benefit for you and of course if any of these words stands out to you, please share a sentence in comments below.

Cath Anne: [00:08:13] I would love to see what you come up with and that will also help you to practice your new vocabulary. Also, if you want to gain access to any more of our content please visit us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, here on YouTube, Medium, we have lots of blogs there on academic lifestyle.

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