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Valid Arguments To be valid, an argument should 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 their young. Therefore,

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Tutor Talk

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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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

Dr. Lee Raye is a tutor on some of our writing and environmental modules here at the Academy for Distance Learning. This week we had a chat with them about their hobbies, their research, and how generous they are when marking assignments! Tell us about your role at ADL I’ve been working at the Academy

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Study Tips

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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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

If you’re sitting the RHS Level 2 exams like me this year, you might be surprised by the amount of botanical names we have to learn. ‘Surely,’ you might think to yourself. ‘Surely I’m not expected to learn ALL of these scientific names!?’ Well, I did some clever math-magic and I’m afraid the answer is,

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News from ADL

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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Random things of Interest

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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Random things of Interest

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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Tutor Talk

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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Gardening & Horticulture

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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News from ADL

Many of you will know me as your tutor for many courses with ADL and some of you will be wondering where I have got to recently. I took a sabbatical from my tutoring because I have travelled to Ecuador – not on a holiday but to volunteer as a teacher in the University in

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

Just back from the RHS Exam: FAQ This week I sat the RHS level 2 exam in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development. I did okay in the mock exams and had been revising so I expected to manage the finals without too many problems, but of course, the exams on the day

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

I have been studying for my Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 2 certificate online with the Academy for Distance Learning for a few months now, and I’ve learnt so much! I can identify most of the flowers I see on my daily travels, I finally understand how photosynthesis works and I have a new favourite

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Study Tips

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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Tutor Talk

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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A Time for Counsellors

The Covid pandemic was unique for counsellors in our shared lived history.  There has been no other event that has been so bluntly experienced by almost every human alive. The shared trauma of our experiences is something that will leave its mark for years if not decades to come. But for the children and young

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Did you forget to make a resolution for 2023? Perhaps you simply felt this time you’d just not bother; only now nearly at the end of January when everyone else is failing in their earnest efforts to do better you feel you really should have one had one? Well, you could still have a few

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Uh Oh, It’s Blue Monday Again!

Christmas is long gone and over.  The New Year is rapidly disappearing in the rearview mirror and we’re not even halfway through winter. On top of that, the cost of the festive season is being felt on waistlines and wallets while new years resolutions are already falling like dominos.  Yes, it’s that time of year

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5 courses to boost your New Year’s resolutions

The beginning of a new year is a fresh chance to take lives in fresh directions.  Sometimes it’s something we’ve been thinking of for some time, but on other occasions, a spur-of-the-moment decision can lead to a profound change and opportunities we could never have imagined.  Here are a few suggestions for directions to consider

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