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Writing Centre

Are you studying at the UvA and do you need help with your assignment, paper, essay or thesis? The UvA Writing Centre offers various forms of academic writing support free of charge.

The Writing Centre offers courses, workshops and individual tutoring sessions for all UvA students who wish to improve their academic writing skills in English. These services are available for both native and non-native English speakers. If you are looking to improve your academic Dutch writing skills, please check out the courses offered by the Schrijfcentrum.

Workshops

The Writing Centre offers workshops on a regular basis to improve your English academic writing skills. All workshops will take place online via Zoom.There will be a link for online registration here on the website about two weeks beforehand (mark your calendar to avoid disappointment as the workshops usually fill up very quickly).

Workshops:

  • 26 November 2020 - Structure (FULL)
    Text organisation and structure, paragraph structure, coherence within and across paragraphs. 
    Registration opens 12 November 2020.
  • 20 January 2021, 13:00-15:00 - Using Sources
    How to integrate sources in your text (quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, avoiding accidental plagiarism).
    Registration opens 6 January 2021
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Writing Centre Thesis Week

We regularly organize a Thesis Week to help students who are struggling to working on their thesis from home during these strange times. The goal of Thesis Week is to help you get started, stay motivated, and focus. Working together with  a writing tutor as well as a small group of other students in the same boat will give you an incentive to work regularly and effectively. 

During Thesis Week you’ll meet your group online twice a day to make a plan for the day, discuss your progress, and get advice and support. Throughout the week you will also have the opportunity to ask your tutor questions individually.

All  students of the University of Amsterdam are welcome: the only requirement is that you are working on your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis.

Are you writing your thesis in Dutch, or would you prefer a Dutch-speaking thesis group? Visit the Schrijfcentrum page: www.uva.nl/schrijfcentrum.

Online registration opens about two weeks beforehand (mark your calendar to avoid disappointment, as there are usually more applications than spots).

Thesis Week dates 2020-2021:

  • 16-20 November 2020 (block 2): FULL
  • 17-21 May 2021 (block 5): registration opens 6 May 2021
  • 14-18 June 2021 (block 6): registration opens 3 June 2021
  • 12-16 July 2021 (summer): registration opens 1 July 2021

Is the week you wanted to sign up for full? You can also make one or more individual appointments with a writing tutor for help with things like motivation, planning, setting realistic deadlines for yourself and holding yourself accountable. Scroll down to make an appointment at a time that suits you.

Individual tutoring sessions

You can make an appointment with a Writing Centre tutor for individual help with your assignment, paper, report, essay or thesis. Our peer writing tutors are students with proven academic writing skills who have been trained to coach other students. Here are a few of the things our tutors can help you with:

  • structure
  • clarity
  • appropriate academic style
  • grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • motivation, planning and setting yourself realistic deadlines
  • getting started on bigger writing projects (such as a thesis)

If you have a draft text or plan/outline to work with, your tutor will read it before your appointment. During the appointment, you will discuss your text or plans in detail. If necessary, you can book one or more follow-up appointments.

Please note that the Writing Centre is not a proofreading or editing service. Your tutor will not correct your text for you; rather, they will try to make you more conscious of your writing style and work with you to help you improve your writing process.

Due to the current corona measures, all individual tutoring sessions will take place online, via Zoom.

Make an appointment with one of our tutors

Courses

The Writing Centre runs an Academic Writing Support course for students who failed the Academic Literacy Test at the Faculty of Humanities. The course consists of six weekly classes on academic writing, structure, style, grammar, vocabulary and punctuation. The focus is on improving your writing skills through instruction and practice, as well as peer review and extensive instructor feedback. At the end of the course you will have gained confidence and experience as an academic writer.

The course is also open to other students from inside and outside the UvA. For information on payment and registration please e-mail intt@uva.nl.

Online resources

Need help right now? Go to the Purdue Online Writing Lab, which provides an enormous number of resources on the writing process, from grammar, vocabulary and punctuation to structure, citation and argumentation.

Questions?

Get in touch with us via email:

Writingcentre@uva.nl