Our goal is for you to become proficient at writing and that you successfully complete your academic studies. Here you can find tips if you, for example, need to develop your language skills or have gotten stuck in your writing. You also get access to Grammarly Premium, which is a good tool that you can use to write correct texts in English.
Tips for writing better
The language that you encounter in your courses, which is also the language you are expected to express yourself with, has certain characteristics that can at times be a bit difficult to spot.
Reading comprehension most important
In order for you to be able to write an academic paper, it is really important to actually comprehend the text or texts you are using. If the texts you are using have been too difficult, to the extent that you don’t really fully comprehend them, then this weakness will be obvious to your teacher/examiner.
Put together a study group
Establish a study group with some fellow students, where you’ll meet about once a week and discuss the course materials that you have read and the lectures that you have attended. It is very important to have opportunities to ponder and explore out loud, in a safe and non-judgmental environment. By putting your words into thoughts, things will just click more easily, things become clear, and input has a greater chance of becoming a deep and lasting understanding.
Pose questions to yourself
Frequently take breaks as you read, and pose questions to yourself such as: What does this mean in reality? What is it that the author is saying? Is this familiar; do I recognise this? Can I compare it to something else that I’ve experienced, heard about, or read about? Do I agree with this? Or disagree? Can I come up with instances when this is not true?
Book an appointment for counselling
Writing support in English
If you need advice and support with your writing, you can book an appointment with the language supervisor. You can for example get support with the structure of your text, making sure that your message is clear and if the text is easy to follow. The Study Support Centre is not offering proof reading services, but instead gives you advice on how to improve your language and academic writing.
You can visit the Study Support Centre between 12 noon and 2 pm most weekdays. You can also ask any questions or request an appointment via the email address below.
Tools to improve your writing
Grammarly Premium is a great tool if you want to improve your writing skills in English. Grammarly works both in your browser and as an app. If you would like access to Grammarly you can apply for an account through the Study Support Centre – if your teacher has not already applied for your entire class.
Helpful links for writing
The Writing Guide External link.
The University of Sidney – Writing External link.
The University of Manchester – Academic Phrasebank External link.
Watch a video about integrity and the importance of avoiding plagiarism as a University student:
Integrity for University IT Students External link.
If you have questions about reference styles and reference management, you can get help from the University Library.
University Library reference guide External link.
The University's thesis templates
The University has templates to use when you write your thesis. You can find the templates, and instructions on how to use them, via the link below.