Key Competencies
Academic Writing

Academic Writing

Lost the track? Can't see the wood for the trees? Scared of plagiarism?

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Whether term papers, essays or dissertations: writing is a process involving more than writing some words down. From the initial vague idea to the finishing touches – the steps in between are all part of academic writing. We provide support in this process to students of all disciplines – from the planning stage to the revision of texts.

Please note: The International Writing Team / InterWRITE provides support for international students and writing projects in German or English as a second/foreign language. If you have questions regarding time management or procrastination you can contact our Lernwerkstatt.

We offer support on the following topics:

  • Specifying the topic
  • developing research questions and outlines
  • working with sources
  • Collecting and analysing data
  • Structuring material
  • Writing and reviewing texts ...

Individual advice

Consultation online and on-site

If you need advice, please contact us via email and we will arrange an appointment for an on-site consultation on campus or a video/telephone call. Tips via email are possible as well. There will be no open consultation hours on campus. You will find the contact information on the bottom of this website.

Starthilfe Schreiben: Tips on planning and writing your academic texts (in German, PDF)
New: Tips, guidelines and network on academic writing in Stud.IP
  • Text feedback

    What is text feedback?

    Text feedback provides feedback on the results of text production, e.g. on the draft of an outline, introduction and summary, individual paragraphs and chapters. Each piece of feedback focuses on a particular area:

    • Clarity of the text structure
    • Use of appropriate academic language
    • Comprehensibility of the wording

    Text feedback is useful at every stage of text production – whether for the first draft, the revised version or the final version.

    Why is text feedback useful?

    You gain a professional external perspective, giving you fresh impetus to revise your draft text. That will motivate you to keep on writing! The process is as follows:

    • Arrange an appointment with us.
    • Send us up to ten pages of your text three days before the appointment at the latest, and tell us what we should focus reading on (see above), then we will read your text.
    • Bring a copy of your text to the meeting.

    We look forward to seeing you and reading your text!

  • Our method of working

    During writing support

    • We meet for an individual 45-minute session
    • We discuss the question you have concerning academic writing
    • We address a specific writing task, e.g. an essay or report
    • We formulate realistic work steps
    • We do not read entire pieces of work, but give feedback on up to ten pages of text (see above)
    • We do not give private tuition for spelling, grammar or punctuation.

    We support students by

    • Accompanying the writing process
    • Explaining and breaking down the academic writing process
    • Talking about writing problems and finding solutions together with the student
    • Communicating working, reading and writing strategies
    • Giving productive, motivating feedback
    • Reading and discussing up to ten pages of text per session
    • Providing material.
  • Guidelines of the faculties/institutes, FAQ


Contact

Student peer counseling

Note for international students: The International Writing Team / InterWRITE provides support for writing projects in German or English as a second/foreign language.