The following is a list of internet resources for Science students, compiled by our English Teaching Assistants:
- Active Reading Strategies SQ3R: Boost your reading capacity and understand more of what you’re reading following the “Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review” method.
- How to get the most out of reading: Advice on reading different text types by The University of Toronto.
- Active Reading Strategies: Tips for reading efficiently suggested by Princeton University.
Popular Science Writing
- PSA Editing Checklist: check your progress and see those areas that you still need to work on with this resource created by ETAs.
- Science: Read sample science articles from The Guardian.
- How Do You Make A Good Analogy?: Steps to craft a good analogy.
- The Value of Analogies in Writing and Speech: definitions and examples of good analogies.
- To brainstorm ideas for your own PSA, these websites may be useful:
- Nature: International journal of science.
- Science: Magazine published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- Cosmos: Magazine covering “the best of global science”.
- NewScientist: Magazine available at the Advisory Zone.
- Scientific American: “longest continuously published magazine in the U.S.” available at the Advisory Zone.
- HKU Scientist: Online journal maintained by CAES.
- YaleEnvironment360: Online magazine featuring articles on global environmental issues.
- Popular Science: Covers the latest developments in science and technology.
- Debate.org: Open debate platform.
- Sciences: A complete guide on scientific writing accompanied by strategies to revise and improve your own work.
- Writing the Scientific Paper: This guide by the Colorado State University will help you develop your own voice in scientific writing.
- Writing in the Sciences: Find the principles of a good science paper.
- Writing in the Natural and Social Sciences: Learn more about the stylistic elements of scientific writing.
- How to Use Active Voice in the Sciences: Learn how to use active voice to make to make your writing more concise and robust.
- Passive Voice: When to Use It and When to Avoid It: Compare it to the previous resource and draw conclusions.
- Lab Reports: Find a general format for a lab report.
- Figures and Charts: learn how to present complicated information in a more comprehensible way.
- 6 Public Speaking Tips to Hook Any Audience: public speaking tips and techniques given by 2015 Toastmasters World Champion.
- How to Start your Presentation: 4 step formula for a great introduction.
- English for Presentations: Find useful phrases and vocabulary that can help you with your presentations.
- Presentation Phrasebook: Useful phrases for your presentation’s introduction, main parts, conclusion and Q&A section.
- Useful Phrases and Strategies for Presentation: A complete guide to oral presentations.
- How to Fix a Monotone Voice: Techniques to communicate more effectively and feel more confident when giving a presentation.
TEDTalks are a great way to learn more about your discipline, enhance your vocabulary and learn some good presentation skills. Read our guide to TEDTalks and start listening to:
- Talk nerdy to me – Melissa Marshall
- How to speak so that people want to listen – Julian Treasure
- A collection of TED Talks in the topic of science.