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Better writing, less stress, higher grades!

Are you a student of the Faculty of Archaeology and working on a paper or thesis? Do you have any issues concerning planning, referencing, style or the faculty guidelines? The Writing Lab can help you!

The Writing Lab (WL) is a free service to coach and support you with all your written assignments, whether this is a paper or your thesis and whether it is in English or Dutch. Our aims are:

  • To assist bachelor and master students working on any writing project, in all stages of the writing process;
  • To help improve your writing skills and thereby improve the quality of all your written assignments;
  • To support and motivate you by helping you organize the process of writing, provide you with the right tools or merely function as a sparring partner.

Help offered by the Writing Lab

Time Management
We provide you with the best tips and tricks on how to make schedule as well as sticking to it, setting clear goals, make efficient use of time and monitoring progress.

Defining research questions
A clear research question forms the basis of any paper and is therefore of utmost importance for the quality of the end result. We help you defining or fine-tuning your research questions.

Sources: finding, interpreting, referencing
Because they are a pain in the *, but essential for any academic text.

Writing style
The style of a text depends on the target audience. We will help you finding the right tone and style for any kind of writing project. 

Recognising recurring (grammatical) errors and correcting them
Grammatical and stylistic errors in the text weaken your argument. We will teach you how to recognise and correct these errors, in such a way that repetition of the same mistakes is avoided.

Provide additional resources
Do you sometimes just don’t know where to start your research or when to stop collecting information? Ever have trouble with the faculty guidelines? And do you occasionally wish you could discuss your paper without having to worry about it effecting your grade?

We are here for you!

Contact us

The Writing Lab organises group instructions on Academic Writing. These will be announced on the Events calendar of the Faculty of Archaeology.

For personal assistance, the service is open by appointments only. You can make an appointment by sending an email to m.s.de.waal@arch.leidenuniv.nl.

Please specify the issue you have and attach the piece of writing.

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