Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tip Top Tip from Mike Lambert

Mike Lambert, the author of A Beginner’s Guide to Doing Your Education Research Project (Lambert, 2012), has published ten tips in a paper on the site (Lambert, 2013). One of my favorites is number nine.

Tip 9: Use paragraphs

A paragraph is a section of text, usually dealing with a single theme and [usually] indicated by a line space above and below . . . . The use of paragraphs is an important way of structuring writing and making ideas understandable for your reader[s]. Here are some basic rules for using paragraphs in academic writing:

  • A paragraph always has more than one sentence[;]
  • A paragraph is never more than one page long[; and]
  • The first or last sentence of a paragraph is often a summary of the paragraph as a whole.

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Lambert concludes that section of his paper with a brilliant suggestion for beginning writers: "Look at academic books and research articles to see how others use paragraphs to make the structure of their writing clear."


Lambert, Mike. (2012). A Beginner’s Guide to Doing Your Education Research Project. London, England: Sage Publications.

Lambert, Mike. (2013, April [n.d.]). Top Tips for Writing Up Your Education Research Project. Retrieved from

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Tech tips from David Pogue

Here are a few tips to make working with technology easier and quicker.
Which tips do you find memorable and useful? What others do you suggest? You can let us know in comments.

If you find Pogue's delivery speed a bit challenging, subtitles and a complete transcript are available on the TED site: David Pogue: 10 top time-saving tech tips (Filmed Feb. 2013, Posted April 2013).

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