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Academic Resource Centre

As a university student you can expect to spend much of your time reading and writing various academic texts. Additionally there is an expectation that you are able to work independently and take responsibility for your learning.

The Academic Resource Centre (ARC) can work with you to develop your skills in the following areas:

  • Academic writing
  • Information searching and retrieval
  • Referencing
  • Presentation techniques
  • Study skills

Welcome to Academic Resource Centre

Do you need tips on how to study more effective? Writing better thesis? Make good oral presentations?

Contact us

The writing tutors are able to schedule appointments Mondays–Fridays.

studieverkstad@umu.se

Our location

You find us in the University Library i the Social Science Building.

Digital map to Academic Resource Centre (shown as Studieverkstaden)

Drop-in

Academic support (English)

You are welcome to visit our walk-in service and talk with a writing tutor and librarian. We can help you work with your writing rather than fix or polish a text. After the session, expect to apply what was discussed and continue working and revising. To better help you, please don't leave your assignment to the last minute.
We meet with students on a first-come, first-serve basis in the Alcove next to the Information desk in the University Library.

When: Tuesdays 12:00–13:00 (Starts 17 Sep)
Where: The Academic Resource Centre, UB

Sök- och skrivverkstad (Swedish)
When: Thursdays 13.00–14:30 (Starts 12 Sep)
Where: Academic Resource Centre, UB

Skrivande (Swedish)
When: Tuesdays 12:30–13:30 (Starts 24 Sep)
Where: Medical Library entrénce

Studieteknik (Swedish)
When: Tuesdays 09:30–10:30 (Starts 1 Oct)
Where: Academic Resource Centre, UB

Our lectures and workshops

Different ways to develop your academic skills

Come to one of the ARC's lectures, workshops or walk-in services where you can learn more about for example, the writing process, different search strategies, critical reading and thinking, references/citing, presentation technique, note taking as well as time management.

Book a librarian if you would like to know more about how you for example find journal articles, write references or use a reference management program.

For more practical tips and subject guides, see our University Library web pages.

Who can turn to the ARC?

You can take part of the ARC's services, at no cost, as a campus, distance or PhD student enrolled at Umeå University or at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Feed your brain

An intensive introduction week about the skills you need at university and is geared towards students who are:

  • new to the university,
  • interested in refreshing their skills or discovering new techniques.

No registration necessary. Attend as many presentations as you like.

September

Work with time, not against time – time management
Mon
9
Sep
Work with time, not against time – time management
Time 12:15 - 13:00 9 September 12:15 - 13:00
Place The Balcony Umeå University Library
Lecture. This presentation shows you different strategies to help you with long-term, weekly and daily planning.
Be selective, active and critical – reading and notetaking
Tue
10
Sep
Be selective, active and critical – reading and notetaking
Time 12:15 - 13:00 10 September 12:15 - 13:00
Place The Balcony, Umeå Univesity Library
Course. Effective note taking can help you to better understand and retain the information that you obtain from reading or from lectures.
What do I have to do - understanding the assignment
Wed
11
Sep
What do I have to do - understanding the assignment
Time 12:15 - 13:00 11 September 12:15 - 13:00
Place The Balcony Umeå University Library
Course. This presentation shows you how to break the assignment task into different parts.
Organization and structure are key - the academic essay
Thu
12
Sep
Organization and structure are key - the academic essay
Time 12:15 - 13:00 12 September 12:15 - 13:00
Place The Balcony, Umeå University Library
Course. Structure in an essay is vital for producing a more clear and readable text. And the structure of the text is related to its purpose
Let’s argue – building an argument in the text
Fri
13
Sep
Let’s argue – building an argument in the text
Time 12:15 - 13:00 13 September 12:15 - 13:00
Place The Balcony, Umeå University Library
Course. At university you are expected to take part in the academic conversation that is taking place in your field.

Useful links

Organising your time guide – University of Leicester

Time management – managing your time at university – University of Leeds

Reading skills for university – York University

Tips for effective reading – UNSW, Sydney

Understanding the assignment – Northern Arizona University

Understanding writing assignments – Purdue University

Writing a paper – organizing your thoughts – Walden University

Structuring written work – The University of Sydney

The architecture of arguments – University of Wisconsin - Madison

Developing an argument - University of Sussex