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Book tutoring in academic writing

The Academic Writing Centre offers tutoring sessions in academic writing to all Örebro University students. Academic writing requirements increase as you progress through your studies, and you may need our assistance at any point. Tutoring sessions in academic writing are particularly useful at the start of your studies as well as when you write your degree project or thesis. Therefore new and experienced students are welcome to book individual or group sessions.

A tutoring session complements the support you receive from your teachers and supervisors. We focus on structure, register and correctness in your texts, but can also offer advice on citation techniques, referencing and layout. We offer tutoring on texts written in English or Swedish, but we cannot give guidance on subject content, theory or method, and we do not proofread your writing.

Read more below on how a tutoring session works before you make an appointment.

To book a session with a writing tutor, simply click on the link at the bottom of this page and select a timeslot that suits you. You may book two tutoring sessions per semester, but you can only make one appointment at a time. Remember to cancel your booking if you are unable to attend.

You are entitled to adapted writing support if you have a learning difficulty or any other disability. You are welcome to inform the writing instructor of your disability when you book so that we can adapt the session to your needs. If you are not already in touch with Funka, the university’s unit for special educational support, we recommend contacting them. If you are already in contact with Funka, you may book your session directly through them without using our booking system. Funka students may book more than two tutoring sessions per semester and may also book longer sessions. You can also agree with the writing instructor to have the session on campus rather than via Zoom.

You will be contacted by the writing instructor when you have made your appointment. Together, you decide when and where to meet. Please send the writing instructor your text by the agreed time, with your instructions or questions.

You may receive feedback on an almost finished text or on a draft. If you send a draft, we for example look at the overall structure, writing effective paragraphs or incorporating sources in your text. If your text is almost done, we instead focus on sentence structure and word choice, but we also consider coherence and effective information structure.

We read at the most half of texts shorter than four pages, and around two pages of longer texts. These pages do not have to be consecutive, and you may ask for feedback on different parts of a text. If you only have questions on one aspect of academic writing, such as citations, we can go through more pages. Please formulate your instructions or questions to the writing instructor carefully, because they will form the basis of the tutoring session.

The tutoring session is focused on the instructions or questions you gave the writing instructor. We help you to help yourself, so you will receive concrete suggestions for improvement, but also the tools to continue developing your writing. We look together at the parts of the text you had asked us to read to see what works well, what could be improved and how you can continue on your own. After the 45-minute session, you will have more tools to use in your writing. We will also discuss where you can find further resources and the possibility of booking another tutoring session.

After the session, you will have the tools to continue working on your text independently. You are always welcome to send the writing instructor short follow-up questions via email. More information is also available in our guide to academic writing. You may book two tutoring sessions per semester and the second session may be on another text. Remember that the tools you receive can be used in all your academic writing.

Good luck with completing your text!