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The Writing Centre and support for your studies
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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 mathematics 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. Contact Adam Gray for more information.
Make an appointment
We offer online tutoring via the video conferencing tool Zoom. Before your appointment, we will send you an email with a link to connect via Zoom. You do not need to have Zoom installed on your device.
We can help you with:
- Oral presentation
- Text and sentence structure and context
- The writing process and the development of reasoning
- Bibliography and source management
- Instructions and help to clarify tasks
Theme Days in The Writing Centre
Welcome to a weekly Theme Day in The Writing Centre, an informal afternoon in Zoom, to talk with us about academic language and writing. Starting with a short thematic lecture, the open question time will reflect what you want to talk about. Choose whether you want to participate actively by discussing and asking questions or if you just want to join in and listen.
- Days: Mondays
- Time: 14:15 to 15:00 (2:15 pm to 3:00 pm) Thematic Lecture & Open Question Time
Theme Days in the Writing Centre 2022
21 February • "Presentations Online – How do I make an effective oral presentation using different digital tools?"
28 February • "Grammar and Vocabulary – What are the most common errors in academia and how do I avoid them?"
7 March • "Plagiarism – How do I use my own words? How do I separate what “I say” verses what “they say”? "
14 March • "References – How do I use them? APA, Harvard, Oxford, MLA, IEEE ??? Endnote, Word, Grammarly, CiteThisForMe?"
21 March • "WORD Program Functions for Writers - How do I use WORD to create source citations, reference lists, a title page, or a table of contents page?"
28 March • "Writing Academically – The Academic Debate: How do I write and think academically?"
4 April • "Understanding the Assignment & Answering the Right Question – What do they mean by describe, document, discuss, analyse?"
11 April • "Starting Research – How do I get started?"
25 April • "Writing Abstracts, Introductions, and Conclusions"
9 May • "Presentations Online – How do I make an effective oral presentation using different digital tools?"
16 May • "Grammar and Vocabulary – What are the most common errors in academia and how do I avoid them?"
23 May • "Plagiarism – How do I use my own words? How do I separate what “I say” versus what “they say”?"
30 May • "Create References, title pages, table of contents – APA, Harvard, Oxford, MLA, IEEE. How do I make them???"
Thematic days in the writing centre
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.
Improve your English
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.
Learn more about academic writing
Helpful links for you who wish to learn more about academic writing and critical thinking.
List of useful links
- Writing in English at University. The course covers different aspects of academic writing, such as how to structure your text and how to convey your argument, as well as how to use sources and how to edit your text.
- Studying in Sweden: The Swedish Academic System. A filmed lecture on critical thinking, independent problem-solving, referencing/citation and plagiarism, given by Adam Gray.
- Searching and writing support: Information about scholarly texts, reference styles and search information can be found at the Malmö University Library.
- Lund University gives an internet based course open for everybody (so called MOOC) "Writing in English at University". The course also has a Youtube channel including a playlist with video lectures.
- Funny Video on How to Avoid Plagiarism
- A short video on Reading Strategies
- Academic Phrasebank – a resource for academic writers
- Sketchnoting – visual notetaking
The University’s DigiHub can help you with support with digital services. If you need help for an assignment or degree project, the digimentors can help you with:
- Film and photography
- Audio production
- Graphic design and interactive visualisation
- Web design or how to work in a web content management system
- Tools and services for effectively studying online.
As a student, you can borrow some equipment from the University for free, for example dictaphones, cameras and tripods. To find out what equipment is available, log into our service portal and go to 'Digihub'. The lending time varies depending on the item, up to 90 days.
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