Studying summer outside

You are mostly left to your own devices and it can be difficult to stay motivated. Especially now that you’re working on your own – and perhaps in a less than ideal environment – you might be in more need of some support and a feeling of togetherness. So, could you use some extra structure in your days and would you like to work on your thesis together with other students? Sign up for a digital summer thesis group.

The Summer Thesis groups are intended for all students, regardless of their degree programme or study phase, who write their thesis during the summer and would like to have more regular contact with other students. This can be for various reasons: for example, you want to learn to plan better, work in a more concentrated and motivated manner, or because you’re struggling to write your thesis in general.

You will be assigned to about 5 to 10 other students who have the same needs and have their thesis deadline around the same time. 

  • The group meetings take place via Teams.
  • During the first meeting you get to know the other students in your group and the student coach and you will make arrangements about the moments when you will meet.
  • During the follow-up meetings you tell the other students how it goes, what your new plans are and you can exchange your experiences and tips.
  • You can also, with the help of the coach, delve into specific writing strategies and other study techniques together with the group. 

Talking about your study process with others in this way will help you see things more clearly and keep your motivated. You can always fall back on students who, just like you, work on their thesis during the summer. If you want, you can also arrange a one-to-one meeting with the coach.

Together with the student coach and the rest of the group, you decide at the end of the first meeting on the precise details of your programme. For example, you determine how often and when the group meets and - when there is a need for it - which topics will be focused on in the following weeks. In consultation with the group, the coach can tell you more about topics such as making a good planning, improving the structure of your thesis, or an academic writing style.

If you need, you can also keep in contact with each other outside the regular meeting times. This could be through your WhatsApp group, or if you are linked as a buddy to another student and continue working in pairs. This is useful if you find it motivating to write with another person, such as via a video chat.

The group meetings take place via Teams. During the summer, the Skills Lab continuously organizes Digital Thesis groups. It varies how often the groups meet and you will also be grouped together with people who want to meet as regularly as you. Keep in mind that you will meet at least twice a week during the summer.

When you sign up, you will be notified when your group is complete and will start. The first groups will start in the week of June 22nd.

Costs and registration

Participation is free of charge. You sign up to meet in a small group, on average twice a week. The success of the groups depends entirely on the commitment of all participants, so make sure you actually can and want to join the sessions. In order for us to form the groups as much as possible according to the participants’ needs and wishes, please fill in the registration form giving as much detail as possible.

Registration for the waiting list is now open: as soon as there is a tutor available and enough students are registered, a new group will start. 

We find it important that you are placed in a group with other students who have the same needs. It depends on other enrolments how fast we can place you in a group. As soon as a group is complete, we link the group to a study or writing coach and you'll be informed. 

Speaking Dutch? 

If you're speaking Dutch, you can also register for the Dutch group (Digitale Doorwerkgroepen). 

Contact

The Digital summer thesis groups are organised by:

  • Staff, writing coaches and study coaches at the Skills Lab

Any questions? Please contact the Skills Lab.
By telephone: 030 253 6300
By email: skillslab@uu.nl