Help is on hand if you require support with either academic writing, deepening your knowledge of mathematics or enhancing your digital skills. Examples of the services we offer include help to: hone your writing technique to produce a more coherent thesis text, correctly reference source material, complete ongoing maths courses, or use film, audio and web tools.
The Writing Centre – an academic writing resource
We're here to guide you in your work with different writing tasks and can answer questions about texts and language. While we do not proofread and point out grammar and spelling errors, we can help you find strategies to develop your writing skills to help you with your studies.
We are also available for questions related to study techniques, reading and oral presentations.
The Writing Centre can help you with:
instructions and help to clarify tasks
the writing process and the development of reasoning
text and sentence structure and context
bibliography and source management
How to best use your time at the Writing Centre
Bring your document to your writing tutorial in a digital format, on a USB stick or on your computer, or save your document on the university server and log into a computer in the Writing Centre with your university computer ID.
Preparations for meeting a tutor at the Writing Centre
Bring your document to your writing tutorial in a digital format, please use Microsoft Word if possible. This programme is free to all students and can be obtained via the IT Support for students.
Please upload your document to your booking on the booking page. You can always log in to your booking and upload. That way the Writing Centre tutors will be able to open your work on the computer and make comments and corrections in person.
Keep in mind that your tutorial is not long. If you have a particular portion of text that you need special help with, bring just that portion to the tutor's attention.
Remember that we are not correcting your document, but teaching you principles of self-correction. We will look at particular sentences and phrases that can be corrected or re-worked for effectiveness and clarity. However, you will not walk away from this tutorial with a perfect document that is ready to hand-in to your instructor. You will walk away with increased knowledge on how to correct your own work.
We can receive students in small groups (a maximum of five students per group), for pedagogical review of details relating to writing, reading, language and study techniques. One student makes the appointment and in the booking lists the names of the others and what it is you want to improve upon.
There are a number of free-standing courses available if you want to improve your English language skills. You apply as you would to any other university course.
The aim of the course is for you to acquire knowledge and understanding of various types of academic language. You also develop your ability and assurance to communicate, both in writing and orally, and to observe established genre conventions.
This course in English for professional application stresses three particular aspects: the logical organisation and presentation of ideas; detailed proof-reading; and the conventions of various writing genres, such as business e-mails and proposals.
The aim of the course is to develop oral skills needed to succeed in using English at the university. Through the use of drama and acting techniques for voice and speech designed by actors, the student will discover an awareness of and improve the vocal apparatus and their body and the skills to use them in public speaking.
Helpful links for you who wish to learn more about academic writing and critical thinking.
If you want help making an appointment, or want answers to short questions about writing, reading or study techniques, you are welcome to our drop-in at the Orkanen library's entrance. Drop-in times for the autumn semester are yet to be confirmed.
If there is no free time when you want to book, you can put yourself on our waiting list, and you will be notified if there is a cancellation. In the schedule, click on the clock next to the day you want to place yourself on the waiting list.
Maths workshops are for all students regardless of education and knowledge of mathematics. You can attend to deepen your knowledge of mathematics and get help in your ongoing mathematics courses.
Two workshops with different profiles – which one is right for you?
For questions about basic maths issues, you can visit the maths workshop which takes place on Tuesdays from 13.15 to 16.30, in room F409 in Orkanen. This workshop is staffed by teachers from the teacher training education.
For more advanced maths issues, you can visit the maths workshop at the Faculty of Technology and Society. Here the focus is on the mathematics that is required in technical education. This workshop is open every Thursday from 15.15 to 17.00.