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Study Skills


Using clear and concise language is one of the keys to success in your studies and beyond.

A French sociologist once said ‘Academic no-one's mother tongue’ (Bordieu & Passeron, 1995, p.8). This is because academic English is quite different to general conversational English, and each discipline has its own way of communicating.

As a result, some students feel like they are learning a new language when they start university. This can feel especially true for the large number of CDU students who are studying for their degrees in their second or third language. Just remember this, almost nobody arrives at university as a proficient user of academic English. This takes time to master.

If you would like to work on your academic language skills, explore these pages below:

Did you know CDU Language and Learning Advisors offer a range of study support options?


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