The Scriptorium's writing tutors can help you tackle the writing process as efficiently as possible. Our tutors are students from different disciplines. They are fellow students, so it is easy to talk to them. But they have been specially trained to recognize writing problems and to provide clear feedback. By asking questions, your tutor will help you gain a better understanding of your own writing process. In this way, you will learn to express your ideas and arguments clearly.
What can a writing tutor help me with?
- Do you have to write an essay, a report, a paper, or a thesis, but you don't know where to start?
- Are you endlessly staring at your screen or are you constantly delaying your writing?
- Do you have problems structuring everything you have read and thought of?
- Is it impossible to get something on paper because you want every word and every sentence to be perfect at once?
- Do you doubt that the information from a book or an article is expressed correctly in your own words?
How does a meeting with a tutor work?
- A meeting takes about 45 minutes. Most students receive sufficient assistance to proceed after one to three meetings.
- You indicate what you want to focus on and what you need help with.
- By asking questions, your tutor will help you gain a better understanding of your own writing process. In this way, you will learn to express your ideas and arguments clearly.
No correction service or content guidance
The Scriptorium is not a correction service. The writing tutors act as a sounding board, not as a proofreader. You are ultimately responsible for your own text. During the Scriptorium’s tutoring sessions, the writing process is central. You should talk to the lecturer or thesis supervisor who is also responsible for the assessment about the content of your paper or thesis.
Frequently asked questions about writing assistance
Which questions can I ask the tutors of the Scriptorium?
You can contact the tutors with questions about the layout and structure of your text and about wording and planning or if you want to brainstorm about your research question. You can also contact them if you want help with planning the structure, if you want to learn how to correct and rewrite your own text, or if you want to know how your text comes across.
Is the Scriptorium only available for thesis guidance?
No, the Scriptorium is available for all writing assignments, from a report in your first year to your Bachelor's or Master's thesis. The Scriptorium is tailored to your level. We help you improve your writing and information skills. You'll benefit from that during your entire studies.
How far do I have to be in the writing process to get guidance from the Scriptorium?
Do you have a deadline? Then start planning in time and already make an appointment. Do not wrestle with a problem for too long. By talking to a tutor in time, you can prevent getting stuck. You can also visit the Scriptorium before you actually start writing. You can then talk to one of the writing tutors about making a work plan. If you start in time, the writing will be faster.
Does the Scriptorium also give courses?
How can I process personal data in a safe and secure way?
If you use personal data, these have to be handled with care. In addition, you need to comply with the rules set out by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, in Dutch: Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming or AVG). Not complying with the GDPR may lead to reputation damage and claims by those involved.
The document 'Student research & personal data in your research' describes how you can process personal data in a safe and secure way. This document can also be found on the web page 'Student Regulations'.
Independent study, tips, courses, and consultations
- Purdue Online Writing Lab: for grammar, style, spelling, writing process.
- Writing Center University of North Carolina: handouts about structure, punctuation, grammar, checking your own text.
- A good online dictionary is Oxford Dictionary Online.
- Englishpage: what about English grammar?
- Taalwinkel: useful to check your text for grammar, style, and punctuation.
- Glossary: lenteachtig of lente-achtig? Check your (Dutch) spelling here.
- Noordster: planning techniques to structure your text (Dutch only).
- Theses database: examples of other theses.
- RefCite: how do I incorporate my sources correctly into the text?
Many more useful sites, programs and exercises can be found in
- the English Toolbox (if you write in English)
- the Toolbox NT1 (if you write in Dutch)
- and the Toolbox NT2 (if Dutch is not your native language)
In the toolbox you will also find various online dictionaries that help you avoid translating too literally from Dutch into English.
Courses at the Language Center
Would you like to work with a lecturer to improve your writing or language skills in Dutch or English? Then register for a course at the Language Center. Academic writing courses are offered both during the academic year and during the summer period.
Consultation Back on track
Are you running late or did you get stuck in the process of writing your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis? Then think of a Back on Track consultation (only available in Dutch).
Need help from a writing tutor?
Making an appointment at the Scriptorium is done in two steps:
- Ask your School’s program coordinator or your thesis supervisor for permission first.
- Fill out the application form tutor meeting.
Johann BambinoTutor Scriptorium
"Nobody likes doing things alone. Either you'll go crazy or you'll drive everyone else crazy. Thank God we work together with students at the Scriptorium!"
Revo LoonenTutor Scriptorium
"Getting your ideas on paper can be challenging, especially if you need to adhere to an academic writing style. Luckily, a fresh view of a fellow student can give you the confidence you need to get things done. That is what we hope to achieve with each session."
Timo van AmenTutor Scriptorium
“Academic writing can certainly come with its challenges. At the Scriptorium, we will work together with you to help you address these and improve your writing skills in the process. Ultimately, the goal is to help you gain confidence in your own work and be proud of your thesis!”
Amber SchuijersTutor Scriptorium
‘’You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.’’ – Zig Ziglar.
At the Scriptorium we don’t expect you to come up with a perfect first draft. If you have a topic or an idea, we can help you to start up the writing process and make a 'writing plan'. If you have a text, we can help you to improve it and take it from a (maybe frustrating) first attempt to something that you’ll be happy with.
Jad ArabiTutor Scriptorium
"Writing is not about being perfect from the first try but rather fostering the willingness to learn and get better. At the Scriptorium, the goal is to cultivate your skillset and ensure that your abilities as an academic writer are unleashed. We are all students so the best way we can all succeed is by working together."