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EP 24: Most Common Academic Words To Improve Your Academic Writing (Part 2/4)

Are you looking to increase your academic or English vocabulary? This week on Episode 24 of 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.

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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 for Homework Help Global. This week we will continue our series in which we discuss common academic words to incorporate into your academic writing. Make sure you check out our other videos. Episode 21 and 23. For more on the same topic.

Cath Anne: [00:00:25] Just a little overview: this series will help you to expand your academic vocabulary using the academic word list. This is a list that you can easily find on Google or anywhere on the internet just by typing it in the search. This core academic vocabulary is used by writers in many different subject areas so learning vocabulary from the AWL will help you to improve your comprehension of academic texts. It will also help you to write assignments in an academic style which your profs are really going to love.

Cath Anne: [00:00:59] Feel free to come back to these videos when you need a reminder of the various words we discuss. One way to learn new vocabulary is to learn a new word from the list every day. But it is better to learn words in context so that you will understand how they are used. That is why we will present to word and then present it in a sentence to give you some context.

Cath Anne: [00:01:21] Before we jump in. Just a quick reminder to join me live on Instagram live and Facebook live every Thursday at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. We will be doing a live Q and A and study session. So bring your homework and any questions you may have and we will try to help you out.

Cath Anne: [00:01:39] OK so let’s get into the content. Just a reminder that we encourage you to pause the video at any time just, so you can take some notes and get those words on your list. This week we will add to our initial list with buy more common academic words. So, this session we will be discussing the words, the part of speech (whether it is a noun, verb, or adjective) and the meaning of the word. Then of course as I mentioned we will put the word into a sentence, so you can understand the word in context.

Cath Anne: [00:02:27] Let’s begin. The first word. This week is environment. As you can see environment is noun. It means the condition of your surroundings. Your surroundings could be geography, society, or even your mood. In a sentence we can use the word environment. “Due to climate change there are concerns about the environment”. That is probably the most commonly used way to use the word environment.

Cath Anne: [00:03:17] The next word is estimate. Estimate is a verb meaning: to make an approximate guess or judgment. So, we could say, “I estimate that I will get a score of 80 percent on the upcoming test”. Good for you! 80 percent is a great score!

Cath Anne: [00:03:56] The next word is factor. Factor is a noun. This means something that contributes to a particular result. So, we can say, “There are several factors that contribute to climate change”. Those factors might be carbon gas emissions, other forms of pollution, and plastic contamination. So, as you can see there are multiple factors. “Multiple factors” is a common way to use the word factor in academic jargon and academic writing.

Cath Anne: [00:04:46] Number four is function. Function is a noun. It means the purpose for which something is designed. What is its function? What is its purpose? For example, we could say, “The phone app’s main function is to help people find cool restaurants”. Perhaps the app has other functions as well. Maybe it has a menu rating system, maybe it tells you how close local restaurants are. The application may have several functions.

Cath Anne: [00:05:41] Finally we have the word identified. Identified as a verb. This means to recognize something or someone. Most commonly it is used in the past tense and it is followed by a direct object. “We identified something”. For example, “We identified three different factors that contribute to child poverty”. So, we’ve also used the word factor in this sentence. What did we identify? We identified something, the three different factors.

Cath Anne: [00:06:32] So as you can see all of these words are highly beneficial in academic writing. You can incorporate them throughout your essays and your professors will be very happy that you are familiar with some academic language.

Cath Anne: [00:06:47] As I noted please check out our other videos. Episode 21 Episode 23. They’re very similar to this and we discussed five academic words which you can incorporate into your academic writing. We will be doing another two videos on this topic. So, if this is of interest to you, please make sure to check out this videos.

Cath Anne: [00:07:11] That is it for this week. Thank you guys so much for joining me on The Homework Help Show and I hope this episode was of benefit to you. If you want to gain access to any more of our content please view us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google Plus, YouTube, Medium where we have a bunch of different student life blogs and information. If you are more of a podcast listener we’re on SoundCloud, Anchor, iTunes Apple podcast, and Google Play Music. All you have to do to find any of our content is to search Homework Help Global and we will be there. If you have any writing or homework questions. Please remember to join us live on Instagram and Facebook. Live every Thursday at 7:00p.m. Eastern Standard Time. I hope you guys have a great week. Take care.