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Reading Purposefully

Learn techniques for reading purposefully, which helps you improve your reading comprehension and retention. The article includes tips for reading purposefully as a study skill.

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How to be an Effective Online Learner

  During the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, many students were thrown into virtual learning whether they were good candidates for it or not. This article discusses simple steps for students to be more effective in virtual learning.

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Five Reasons English is Supposedly Weird

 From a linguist’s perspective, English is no more or less weird than other languages. Non-linguists erroneously believe English is somehow unique due to improperly analyzing inconsistencies and irregularities in the language.

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Contronyms in English

 Antonyms express opposite concepts such as hot and cold or stay and go. Did you know that English has words that are antonyms of themselves? How do we resolve the ambiguity? What are the implications for vocabulary learning?

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