1. What is Academic Marker?
Academic Marker is an online educational platform for achieving advanced English proficiency and academic success, combining self-guided learning resources with professional tuition and support. Our e-learning pathways and quality-assured teaching centres specialise in developing competence in a number of key areas.
2. Who is the platform for?
Academic Marker’s e-learning materials and personalised services are designed to help students, tutors and business professionals prepare for the transition to university and beyond. Whether you’re a native speaker of English or are still learning the language, if you agree with at least one of the below statements, you are more than welcome to join our community and access free support.
3. What are the platform’s aims?
Academic Marker aims to offer a high-quality, online repository of free-to-access resources for developing communicative skills and strategies, one that tutors can confidently recommend and rely upon for in-class tuition, flipped learning activities, homework tasks, and reference and revision.
Academic Marker aims to develop a tailored-yet-affordable educational toolkit, targeted primarily at those institutions that lack the educational budget to invest in EAP and at those students who may struggle to meet fee requirements for foundation years and preparatory programmes.
Academic Marker aims to ensure that its platform is comprehensive, standardised, and simple to navigate, understand and explore so that it may reduce the pressures of in-house materials development among academic institutions and benefit as many learners as possible, particularly non-native speakers.
Academic Marker aims to curate an educational space that raises awareness about sustainable, equitable and diverse learning and offers developmental opportunities that encourage and foster learner autonomy, criticality, research and reflective thinking.
4. What are our guiding principles?
Academic Marker believes that learners should have free and equal access to high-quality, multimodal educational materials both online and offline and should be encouraged to engage with such resources frequently, autonomously, reflectively and critically.
Academic Marker believes that learning aims and outcomes should be explicitly stated in the materials wherever possible and should be informed by comprehensive needs analysis, discipline requirements, modern practice, current research and EAP/ESP theory.
Academic Marker believes that e-learning courses and activities should follow a self-guided, task- and genre-based “microlearning” approach, being bite-sized, flexible and recycled so that learners can set study schedules, guide progress and reflect on their development.
Academic Marker believes that learners should be offered frequent opportunity for peer-to-peer feedback and tutor-led feedback, ensuring an ability to ask questions, request explanations and receive critical commentary on progress and production.
5. Who founded Academic Marker?
Academic Marker isn’t a large corporation by any means – it’s a small family run platform, founded, developed and curated since 2019 by two caring, friendly and experienced English and academic skills tutors.
Head of Teaching and Learning
Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning
6. How large is our community?
7. What does our community think?
"I like the purpose of this platform a lot. Before the online learning EAP I didn't know how I could improve my EAP. I think the platform is a really helpful tool and very engaging."
"I want to highlight that the tutor did a very good job: very engaging, good mood, competent feedback, good managing of time that was very scarce in the first place, was open to my questions and special concerns."
"I liked the 1-on-1 personal interaction with the tutor to go through and analyse the essay. I liked the feedback about my paragraph structure and sentence structure and how he rewrote some of my sentences to show how to improve."
8. Is Academic Marker free?
While Academic Marker may charge fees in its teaching centres, our e-learning pathways are completely free for anyone who signs up, engages with the platform and collects Academic Marks. Marks unlock activities, tasks, videos, audios, and downloadable PDFs/PPTs, and are awarded for signing up, logging in daily, leaving feedback and testimonials or referring your friends.
Collect Academic Marks
15 Marks for joining
3 Marks for daily e-learning
10-20 for feedback and testimonials
10-50 for referring others
9. Why collect “Academic Marks”?
Academic Marks are designed to keep our content secure but accessible while encouraging engagement with our e-learning pathways through daily learning. Earned by interacting with the platform, Marks not only provide community members with free access to hundreds of courses, activities, assignments, forums and other resources, but they help encourage feedback from our community so that we may continually improve our services.
10. What does enrolment include?
enhances English language ability, academic skills and learner autonomy
fully unlocks Academic Marker’s e-learning pathways
reduces teaching centre fees by 10% (with discount coupon)
enhances market competitiveness and student satisfaction
discounted enrolment (quote upon request)
designed for schools, colleges and universities
enhances student satisfaction and departmental planning
11. What are the e-learning pathways?
Academic Marker has hundreds of hours of independent study in its three e-learning pathways, designed to help students and professionals develop English proficiency, academic skills, autonomy and criticality. Each activity, task and assignment can be unlocked by our community by collecting and spending Academic Marks.
12. Why visit the teaching centres?
To better support our community in developing English language, study skills and entrepreneurship, Academic Marker offers three centres of teaching excellence. With each providing a wide variety of quality-assured services to suit all educational budgets, community members can book personalised services with ease.
13. Any advice for students?
Reflect on your strengths, weaknesses and learning needs before exploring the platform. Consider what you already know, what you most need to improve upon, and how you have succeeded or failed in the past.
Complete activities in our three e-learning pathways that target the areas you most need help with. Keep a reflective journal of your progress, new vocabulary and any questions you might have along the way.
Remember to bookmark and download any particularly helpful activities for future revision and practice, returning to them periodically to refresh your memory and check your understanding.
Share experiences, opinions and assignments in the community forums, offering constructive support to other students and tutors wherever possible – remembering to communicate politely and in English.
Apply the knowledge and skills you’ve developed to real-world situations and tasks. Authentic experience is a great way of checking progress and understanding – just don’t worry too much about making mistakes.
14. Any advice for tutors?
Reflect on the strengths, weaknesses and learning needs of your students before exploring the platform. Consider how you have succeeded or struggled when developing these concepts or skills in the past.
Identify the courses or activities in our three e-learning pathways that target the skills your students need the most need help with. Integrate these into your classroom, homework and flipped learning tasks.
Remind students to bookmark and download any particularly helpful activities for future revision and practice, encouraging periodic refreshers to facilitate knowledge recycling and compounding.
Share your experiences, opinions and expertise in the community forums. Offer constructive support to other tutors wherever possible and request peer-to-peer guidance where helpful.
Encourage students to apply the knowledge and skills they’ve developed to real-world situations and tasks, and remind your classes to continue to interact with Academic Marker beyond your courses.
15. Can resources be shared?
16. Is the platform accessible?
To help improve the user experience, Academic Marker provides an Accessibility Statement which details what is and is not achievable in our e-learning pathways, thereby saving our community time and frustration. We aim to continue to improve the accessibility of our services and appreciate your feedback.
17. Which policies are key?
18. What’s in development?
Our small team of developers is working hard to provide you with the best learning experience possible. Community members can expect to see the following improvements by early 2024.
2. automated enrolment functionality
3. student tracking and analytics
4. improved search functionality
19. Which updates are next?
improved site logo and design
increased diversity of presenter accent
20. Can the community help?
We warmly thank our community members for their continued trust and as it’s only through the support of students and professionals that we can improve Academic Marker. If you’re new to the community and would like to say “thanks” for having free access to our e-learning pathways, please consider…