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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.

Don’t get stuck in the details – reading a research article
Wed
16
Oct
Don’t get stuck in the details – reading a research article
Time 10:00 - 12:00 16 October 10:00 - 12:00
Place Computer lab 2, Umeå University library
Workshop. This workshop includes: review of the sections of an IMRaD article and finding the important information.
Sit ´N Write - an Open Writing Group
Tue
22
Oct
Sit ´N Write - an Open Writing Group
Time 13:15 - 14:30 22 October 13:15 - 14:30
Place Academic Resource Centre, Umeå University Library
Course. Would you like your writing sessions to be: Less isolated? More structured? More routine?
Building blocks of a paper - writing effective paragraphs
Wed
30
Oct
Building blocks of a paper - writing effective paragraphs
Time 10:00 - 12:00 30 October 10:00 - 12:00
Place Computer Lab 2, Umeå University Library
Workshop. This workshop includes: the parts of a paragraph and a review of summarizing, quoting and paraphrasing.
Building blocks of a paper - writing effective paragraphs
Wed
30
Oct
Building blocks of a paper - writing effective paragraphs
Time 10:00 - 12:00 30 October 10:00 - 12:00
Place Computer Lab 2, Umeå University Library
Workshop. This workshop includes: the parts of a paragraph and a review of summarizing, quoting and paraphrasing.

November

Sit ´N Write - an Open Writing Group
Tue
5
Nov
Sit ´N Write - an Open Writing Group
Time 13:15 - 14:30 5 November 13:15 - 14:30
Place Academic Resource Centre, Umeå University Library
Course. Would you like your writing sessions to be: Less isolated? More structured? More routine?

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