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Less Stress, Better Grades with the Writing Lab

Writing is a complex creative effort that involves many steps, such as the design of a strategic plan, data collection and processing, structuring ideas, and finally putting them into coherent and understandable words.

Both the undergraduate as the graduate programs are full with assignments that demand writing skills, like discussion points, essays, reviews, and of course the thesis as the final and most important challenge.

Necessary support

In order to provide students with the necessary support to face these academic tasks, the Faculty of Archaeology launched the Writing Lab, an initiative that offers individual assistance for issues related to academic writing style, text structure, time management, and all inconveniences related to student’s relationship with the writing process. To fulfil these goals we, the Writing Lab supervisors Sophie Tews and Natalia Donner, receive appointment requests through email (writinglab@arch.leidenuniv.nl), as well as welcome students to walk in at room A0.09 from Monday to Thursday, between 12.00 and 14.00 hours.

Great response

So far, students have reacted very positively to this initiative, with several appointments and email inquiries that are made on a daily basis. Also, 19 thesis writers attended our Thesis Writing Day, held on March 27th. Save the date (Monday 24th of April) for our next Writing Marathon!

Help us!

We kindly ask all Faculty members to promote this helpful service to all students, regardless of their writing level. Do not hesitate to contact us, the results will be beneficial for both students and teachers, with less stress and better grades!