Time flies and we are now finishing one more course of our Master Program at NUGSE. During these three months I was challenged a lot by the kind of assignments which always provoke questions. Whenever I start doing an assignment from the course there are loads of questions in my head! One more usual thing though is that I am able to finally find answers to most of them during the process of writing.
It is great that this course is based on from-knowing-to-doing principle: we could apply the knowledge and practice our writing a lot. It is especially important for the distance students who generally lack practice.
After this course, I would definitely recommend online learners to try writing blogs! This less formal style of writing is great to improve your skills and reflect on what you are actually accomplishing as a researcher. Getting online comments from peers and instructors is an effective way of feedback as you feel that you are not doing it for the sake of it, but your work is read and discussed by a larger group of people.
Also, the resources from the course are wonderful. I used quite a few videos and handouts at my lessons of Global Perspectives and Project Work and my students found them useful too.
The course overall is helpful, I would argue though that it is more logical to have it during our first year of study so that when starting our thesis we already knew how to do it. This would save our time during the busy second year and prevent from many mistakes.
Anyway, the journey of getting a Master degree is a long two-year adventure and the “English for Thesis Writing” course became one of the ‘petrol stations’ to tank up the mind with new information and better skills.