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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.

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).

Thesis Week dates 2020-2021:

  • 16-20 November 2020 (block 2): registration opens 29 October 2020
  • 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

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. Online registration opens about two weeks beforehand (mark your calendar to avoid disappointment).

Workshops:

  • 5 October 2020, 13:00-15:00 Common Writing Errors - FULL
    Frequent grammar, vocabulary and punctuation errors and how to correct them, for both native and non-native speakers of English.
     
  • 26 November 2020, 11:00-13:00 – Structure
     Text organisation and structure, paragraph structure, coherence within and across paragraphs. 
    Registration opens 11 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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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

Your tutor will read your draft text before your appointment, where you will discuss your text together 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