Are you writing a paper, essay or thesis and would you like to get individual coaching? Then the Skills Lab Writing Centre is the place to be. Together with a student coach you will discuss the writing process and your text.
Short workshops and longer courses are given at the O&T – COLUU. All courses of O&T-COLUU are given in Dutch. If you are interested in an English version of a course or if you want personal advice, please contact them or visit the consultation hour.  
Babel offers an online course on academic writing in English. Would you like to improve your English or Dutch, please check “Improve your languages’’ on this site. Do you want to find out more about citing and references, have a look at the LibGuide Citeren (in Dutch only) of the University Library. On the website of the library you will find more useful information if you are going to publish.

Writing tutoring

Costs: free of charge

Length and frequency

  • Individual writing tutoring (45-minute sessions)
  • These sessions are offered all year round.

Brief content of the course

  • Improving your academic writing skills
  • Demand-driven (you are the one who decides what to discuss during the session)
  • Formulating the research question
  • Write more efficiently
  • Structuring your text
  • Argumentation
  • Planning
  • Academic writing style

Course provider: Skills Lab Writing Centre

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Online course ‘Academic writing in English’

Costs for UU students: €183,75  
(this is already including a 25% discount. Check the conditions on

Length and frequency:

  • Online course: 10 modules
  • The course takes up 60 hours of home study and you have access to the course for a period of three months.

Brief content of the course
The course involves various aspects of academic writing, such as:

  • using formal language
  • expanding academic vocabulary
  • structuring a text
  • using correct punctuation
  • avoiding wordiness
  • revising grammar issues
  • linking ideas
  • recognising common pitfalls

Course provider: Babel

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Literature references

A very important (but unfortunately a bit boring) part of writing an academic paper is learning the correct way of citing literature.

  • How do I refer to an article, a book or a Facebook message?
  • When am I guilty of plagiarism?
  • What are the rules for my discipline?
  • How do I cite according to the rules of APA, MLA, Chicago, Vancouver etc.?

Subject specialists and information specialists of the University Library know the rules. They can teach you how to cite correctly and show you which reference management tool  is the simplest solution for you. Send an email to your contact person to make a personal appointment.

More information about literature references can be found in the Libuide.


Use of language *

Go to the page 'Improve your languages':

  • Academic Writing: style
  • Academic Writing: developing vocabulary
  • Academic Writing: cohesion & clarity
  • Academic Writing: common pitfalls
  • Personal feedback on style and use of language 
Paperworkshop *

Costs for UU students: €35,- 

Length and frequency:

  • One session of 3 hours
  • This workshop is offered 4 times a year in Dutch and 4 times a year in English

Brief content of the workshop

  • Characteristics of a scientific paper (and the different genres)
  • Structure and planning of your text
  • Setting up your line of reasoning
  • Peer feedback on and assignments for your own texts / assignments

Course provider: This course is given by 'Educational Development and Training'. There is a consultation hour in which you can get more information about this course or ask for personal advice. Check their site

Click here for more information about the workshop and sign up!