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Writing coaches have started in our faculty

19 October 2022

As of October, our faculty has gained ten writing coaches. Ten students from different backgrounds and nationalities have now been trained. They will help fellow students with writing assignments and will use the Science Skills Platform, among other tools.

The writing coaches support students with writing assignments. They can help with planning, structuring or the writing itself. The coaches do not give subject-specific advice, nor do they correct grammar or spelling.

Students can easily book a writing coach online. There is usually a coach available from the same or a similar study.

The pilot is a trial. Wellbeing officer Alexandra Blank is initiator: 'This project is already running at Humanities and is a great success there. We are therefore working with the Academic Language Centre, who have trained our coaches. Students can support fellow students this way. Experience also shows that this project relieves teachers.' Blank explains that the pilot will last one year. 'After that, we will decide whether writing coaches are a lasting success for the Faculty of Science as well.'

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