An overview of all the thesis support offerings: from webinars and workshops to tips and tools.
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- At Skills Lab, you can get free writing coaching. A trained student (peer tutor) will discuss your academic writing assignment with you. For example, the writing coach will help you find a more efficient approach, formulate your core message more sharply, write a more structured text, or improve your writing style.
- At Skills Lab, you can get free study coaching. With a trained student (peer tutor), you will discuss the questions you have about studying. After the conversation, you will be better able to identify what is not going so well and what is needed to improve your (study) approach. For example, the study coach can help you plan your studies and your time management, how to read and study efficiently or how to prepare for exams. This can reduce study stress and increase study enjoyment.
- A free language assistant can help you write and speak in their native language(s) by providing you with peer feedback. You can use this language assistance for coursework, portfolios, assignments or presentations, as well as for your undergraduate/master's theses.
- You can take advantage of free statistics support. This statistics support helps you think about the methodology and statistical functions you will use in your research, how to apply the tests and calculations, and how to interpret the results of your research.
- For only 25 euros, you will spend five days during the thesis week working hard on your research with other students. Do you need more structure in your day and your head? Do you want tips, personal coaching and inspiration workshops to make a big impact? Then the thesis week is definitely for you.
- The free thesis groups are intended for all students (regardless of course or stage of study) who are working on their thesis and would like to have more regular contact with other students. This can be for various reasons: for example, because you want to learn to plan better, to work more concentrated and motivated, because it is nicer and more sociable not to work alone or because the writing of your thesis is not going so well.
- Do you like to work on your thesis simultaneously with other students or could you use some peer pressure to work (together) in the UB? Join the 'Thesis Community' on the Uni-Life app! Post a call in the chat or hook up with other students in this group and get to work together.
- Follow the course ''Designing your thesis proposal'' for 15 euros. You will work on a clear problem statement and research design.
- Do you think your command of English or Dutch is below par for writing your thesis? Do you want to work on your spelling, grammar or vocabulary? Course Center Babel, a partner of Utrecht University, offers several courses to improve your language skills. Because mastering a language takes time, we recommend you start with the course before you start your thesis.
- Go to our ''find a workshop'' page for the full course listing!
- Have you just started your undergraduate or graduate thesis? Then sign up for Thesis kick-off. Two workshops given by UU staff will help you get off to a good start!
- Would you like to gain insight into your time management and study more? Then experience for 15 euros in the workshop ''Time management for studies'' what planning techniques can do for you.
- The free workshop ''Working consciously and effectively'' helps you to work in a focused way and thus reduce stress. Aware and effective! Please note that this workshop is not specifically aimed at thesis writers, but can certainly be valuable, as writing a thesis usually requires a lot of self-discipline.
- In the free online training Compass: Setting Up Your Search, you'll work through the steps of your search strategy. Maybe you have already found many sources, or maybe you have found (too) few. If you want to tinker with your search results, we will help you apply this directly to your own topic.
- In the free online training Compass: Evaluating Sources you get tips and tools to determine whether a source is relevant and scientific enough to use. You will work with your own sources and critically examine them. One of the tools we use is the CRAPMAP.
- In the free online training Compass: Saving and Using Sources you will learn to manage the references to your sources optimally and to keep the overview. We will work with the tool Zotero, so we ask you to install it on your laptop in advance. You will work with your own references.
How do you study with overview and insight? Do you have to read everything? How do you motivate yourself? And how do you prepare yourself for an exam? These questions - and more! - are answered by experts from Educational Development & Training during free webinars.
- In the free online course Compass, you will learn the basics of searching, accessing, managing, referencing and deploying scientific information.
- In the online course Brush up Your English you will improve your English language skills at your own pace at level B1/B2. This is a total package of 3 online courses in one. Each course takes 8 weeks (if you devote 2 hours per week to it), but you have access to the course for a period of 3 months. The course costs 114.50 euros.
- Grasple is an e-learning platform used for statistics education within UU. However, it also contains a large database of general modules and assignments on all kinds of topics within statistics. You can practice this way independently and in your own time.
- Writing a good academic text is quite a challenge. How do you put the first letters on paper? How do you come up with a good structure? What is an academic writing style? Find our writing tips here.
- With our study tips, you will learn smarter and more effectively and go into a lecture well prepared.
- Try an app and see for yourself what it can do to your study behavior! Find our favorite study apps here.
- Looking for ways to boost your writing and study skills? The Skills Boosters are waiting for you! These short knowledge clips explain different writing and studying techniques that you can immediately apply to your own studies, thesis or exams.
- In the lecture series ''Smart studying - where science meets students" the Skills Lab and Educational Development & Training figured it out for you! Renowned scientists shared new insights and practical tools to optimize your study conditions.
Contact Skills Lab
- Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +3130 253 630
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- Heidelberglaan 3, 3584 CS Utrecht