The Academic Support Centre offers advice on academic writing for students at Linnaeus University. You can contact us anytime during the writing process, from the prewriting stage to the final draft.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions:
• How should I structure my text?
• How can I express myself more clearly?
• How do I cite and refer to secondary sources correctly?
We also offer tips and support for study techniques including:
• Planning your studies
• Reading strategies
• Note-taking skills
How does a text tutoring session work?
Our goal is to help you develop your writing skills. During a tutoring session we can describe some steps you can take to better understand the requirements of your writing assignments and we can show you what you can do to align your writing with academic standards. Remember that the earlier you come to us in the writing process the more you will benefit from the tutoring session. You can even book a time with us in the pre-writing stages of your assignment.
Before a tutoring session
Use a spellcheck program to correct minor spelling mistakes. Read through your paper carefully and think about what you feel you need the most help with. It is helpful for us if you send us the assignment instructions before we meet. Also, we suggest you go through our checklist for academic writing before the tutoring session.
During the tutoring session
The tutoring session can take up to one hour. Usually we only have enough time to work with a few pages of the paper so carefully choose what part you want to work on the most. During our meeting we will look together at the parts of the text you want help with and discuss the questions you have brought with you. Some frequently discussed topics include: interpreting the assignment, planning the writing process, finding a structure that suits the task, how to reference properly, finding a tone and style that aligns with academic standards and avoiding plagiarism. Please note that we do not proofread your papers.
After a tutoring session
Take the feedback and examples you have received during the tutoring session to improve your text. If you feel you need another tutoring session you can book a new appointment through our online booking form.