Many students find writing their thesis a challenge. You are mostly left to your own devices and it can be difficult to get started and 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. That’s why the Skills Lab is offering extra writing weeks. Online, of course.

Would you like to spend a week (five days) with other students to work on your thesis? Could you use some extra structure in your day? Are you interested in tips, coaching and brief meetings to help you work on your thesis better, faster and with more focus? Then sign up now for one of our Digital Thesis Writing Weeks!

Students who are currently working on their thesis and especially now want structure, social contacts and support, because they miss working in the university library, for example. This week can also help if you need specific advice and strategies to improve your thesis. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve just started on your Bachelor or Master thesis, or whether you’ve been working on it for a while. Students on any degree programme can take part.

You work on your thesis for a full week (Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00) in a group of around 8 students, led by writing and study coaches from the Skills Lab. This will help you to develop a good working rhythm and make progress with your thesis. You will enjoy the support of other students who, just like you, are writing their thesis at this time. You can also take part in group meetings to help you improve your thesis independently.

If relevant for the majority of the participants, webinars or group sessions can be organised on subjects such as:

  • Making a good schedule
  • Dealing with your thesis supervisor
  • Improving the structure of your thesis
  • Writing effective paragraphs
  • Finding and critically analysing relevant literature
  • An academic writing style

During the week you will be guided and supported by the Skills Lab writing coaches. They will create a pleasant atmosphere within the group and regularly contact you to ask how you are getting on. You can ask for their help on how to improve your research plan, the structure of your text, your writing schedule, and any other thesis-related question.

Before the start, you will have a brief introductory chat with one of the writing coaches.

You begin each day at 9:00 with a group start-up. On Monday, we continue with a brief workshop on making a plan: starting from the thesis, you develop a good weekly and a daily schedule.

After lunch break, there will often be a short webinar or group meeting you can join, and we round off each day together in Teams. You discuss how your writing has gone that day, what you have learnt and what your plans are for the following day.

In between these group activities you work independently on your thesis. There are plenty of opportunities during the day to exchange ideas and experiences, both with your fellow students and in the morning with one of the writing coaches. In the group chats you can always ask questions.

Provisional programme:

  • 09:00 – 09:30    Daily start-up in Teams
  • 09:30 – 12:30    Independent working time
    • 11:00 – 12:00  Contact with the writing coaches
  • 12:30 – 13:15    Lunch break
  • 13:15 – 14:15    Indepth working hour about writing topics / Workshop (optional)
  • 14:15 – 17:45    Independent working time
  • 16:45: Collective day closing in Teams

The Skills Lab will be organising the Digital Thesis writing week at least three times in period 4. These weeks last five days, from Monday to Friday. They are offered online on: 

  • Monday 20 April to Friday 25 April via Microsoft Teams - the registration closed
  • Monday 11 May to Friday 15 May via Microsoft Teams - registration is closed 
  • EXTRA week: Monday 25 May to Friday 29 May via Microsoft Teams - registration is closed (waitinglist not available anymore)
  • Monday 8 June to Friday 12 June via Microsoft Teams - registration is possible from May 25 onwards

Costs and registration

Participation is free of charge. 

You sign up to work on your thesis the entire week (Monday to Friday) from 09:00 to 17:00, so make sure you can actually take part every day.

In order for us to tailor the week as much as possible to the participants’ needs and wishes, please fill in the registration form giving as much detail as possible.

You can register below for the fourth digital thesis writing week (8 June-12 June).

Speaking Dutch?

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

Contact

The Digital Thesis Writing Weeks are a collaboration between:

Any questions? Please contact the Skills Lab:

  • We can be reached by phone at: 030 253 6300
  • And by email: skillslab@uu.nl