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Tutor Talk

Valid Arguments In order to be valid, an argument has to be based on evidence. For example, we might say: “Tigers can produce milk…” Or “Wildlife brings tourism…“ However, these are not valid arguments unless we give some evidence, or cite a source: “… Since tigers are mammals and all female mammals can lactate for …

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Here is Part II of our interview with Dr. Lee Raye! Find part I here! What about hobbies? I enjoy reading fiction, and my all-time favourite books are by classic authors like John Buchan and Rafael Sabatini. But I grew up on sci-fi & fantasy like J.R.R. Tolkien and Anne McCaffrey and I still keep …

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We have all been there. A project that is started with great enthusiasm drops down the priority as life’s demands get in the way. Whether something happens that invades your routine, or whether you just drift into a lazier lifestyle, it can be difficult to get going again once you think you have failed in …

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Dr Lee Raye, tutor at the Academy for Distance Learning, has been awarded the 2018 Alwyne Wheeler Bursary by the Society for the History of Natural History. The Alwyne Wheeler Bursary is intended to facilitate original contributions to the study of the history of natural history by scholars under the age of 30. The Bursary …

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This has been an incredible month. A lot happened at the university where I teach, including a surprise party thrown by some of my students to celebrate the end of another teaching cycle. I start my final cycle next week. They are incredible students, keen to learn English even from a mad Botanist like me. …

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This month Ecuador has thrown up more surprises and gems. I fell in love! With a dog I met in Banos, and because of this, we decided to go back there. The last time I was there, I was not able to properly visit the town because it was the venue for my teachers’ conference. …

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We asked Horticulture tutor Steven Whitaker some questions about himself. See his answers below! What do you like to do in your spare time? We bought a derelict cottage a few years back so we’ve been gradually renovating it.  The priority was the interior as it needed a new roof and chimney, not to mention …

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Dr Lee Raye, the writing tutor here at ADL, has been studying on our RHS Level 2 certificate course this year. We had a chat with them about how they are doing with the modules, whether the course is easy to understand and (gulp) how the exams work. How easy is the material to understand …

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Being a Google Scholar Imagine this: You need to write a research paper, but at the last minute you realise that you’ve missed your bus to the library and it has just started raining. What do you do? If your answer was: “I go for a walk in the rain.” I applaud your misguided dedication. …

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The Five Essentials of Helping a Troubled Friend We have all experienced being close to someone going through difficult times. One of the most painful experiences apart from our own misfortunes is that of seeing a person dear to us facing hardship. Instinctively we try to comfort them and make them feel better. It is …

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