What happens at the tutorial?

When making an appointment for a tutorial, please indicate what you would like help with, what type of assignment you are working on, and what course or programme you are studying. Once your tutorial is booked, you will receive information about the tutorial, as well as your tutor’s contact information.

Before the tutorial

Make sure that you contact your tutor at least 24 hours before your meeting. We need to know well ahead of time what you would like help with in order to prepare the tutorial.

Before your tutorial – consider the following:

  • try to put into words what you would like help with.
  • read the assignment instructions and, if possible, e-mail them in advance to your tutor or bring them to the tutorial.
  • if you have a text you would like feedback on, e-mail the text to your tutor at least 24 hours before the meeting.

The tutorial

The purpose of our tutorials is to help students help themselves. The tutor will focus on aspects perceived to need development and/or revision. The Language Workshop never comments on content, but, rather, on structure, language and style.

Tutorials in academic writing

Our tutorials in academic writing may focus on aspects such as the structure of the text, the aim, text type and style, linking, word choice, language correctness and sentence structure. Since we are not your subject teacher, we never provide subject-related feedback.

Before the tutorial, the tutor will have selected and read one or more sections from your text for discussion. If you would like to focus on a specific section or specific aspects of the text, please let us know this when you send the text. Remember that the tutorial is an opportunity to learn new skills, which means that we never go through entire texts, nor proofread texts. The purpose of the tutorial is to help you help yourself, and, in this way, help you develop the skills you need during your education and in your future profession.

If you are doing an assignment together with other students, we require that all of you are present at the tutorial. 

Literature and links about academic writing

Good to know

Helping students help themselves

The tutorials offered by the Language Workshop provide an opportunity for students to strengthen their academic language skills. We will offer feedback on selected passages of texts and, using the advice given in the tutorial, students are expected to go on working on their texts on their own.

No text yet?

Students are welcome to visit the Language Workshop early in the writing process, before having started writing their texts if they need help getting started or planning their text, for example.

Suggesting other kinds of support

In some cases, we may suggest that students seek other kinds of support. We may offer advice on courses or books that could be useful, for example.

The Language Workshop never takes part in examinations

The Language Workshop never examines or grades texts. This is the responsibility of your university department. Our role is to offer students support in developing their academic language skills.

We can help you with
  • getting started/writer’s block
  • style
  • structure and disposition
  • sentence structure
Last modified: 2022-05-10