Academic Resource Centre (ARC) - for a successful academic experience
Do you have to read, write or present in English? Would you like to receive some feedback? The following services might be of interest to you.
Self help - step by step
- Read the information available here on our webpages. There are many links to useful web resources in English.
- Come to our walk-in service - starts October 2. Read more below.
- E-mail your questions to the ARC, please use the contact form to the right.
If you would like to meet with a tutor, then you can schedule an appointment for a one-on-one writing tutorial or feedback on a presentation. Appointments are not always available the same week an appointment is requested. At the end of a term, there can be a two-week waiting period for an appointment.
Our focus is to help students become more independent writers and aware of their own writing process and skills.
The ARC does not provide editing or correcting services nor do we evaluate students’ writing. It is important to understand that we do cover some basic language and writing instruction; however, we do not provide remedial writing services to students. Our services are especially helpful for students who have an active interest in developing their own writing skills.
Please note that we can only provide feedback on texts that are a part of a Umeå University course. We are not able to give feedback on CVs, scholarship applications or PhD proposals being submitted to other universities.
Prior to an appointment you may be asked to work with certain features in your paper. After you have worked with this initial feedback in your text, then you can send the revised draft. If the writing tutor determines that these features have not been addressed in the paper, then the appointment can be cancelled.
New this autumn - Academic Support Walk-in Service - Starts Thursday, October 2
ARC tutors and librarians will be on hand to help answer your questions about study skills, information searching, citing information, writing, presenting.
What to expect at the Walk-in Service
Writing tutors are available to answer your writing-related questions at different stages of the writing process (from brainstorming through drafting and final editing).
Study skills tutors are on hand to help students with planning, organizing, reading and note-taking techniques.
Librarians are on hand to provide reference assistance.
No appointment is necessary – first-come, first-served in a small group setting. Be certain to arrive on time so you can put your name on the
sign-up sheet, especially during our busy times at the end of the semester.
Thursdays 14 – 16
Location: Academic Resource Centre
We hope to see you there!
The Academic Resource Centre's lectures for Autumn 2014
These lectures must be signed up for in advance. Sign up for the lectures via the specific calendar event. At the top of the right-hand column there is a link to the Calendar where you can sign up. If you have signed up for a lecture and find that you are unable to make it, then it is necessary to e-mail us to let us know. Letting us know allows us to make the space available to someone else.
SQ3R - a character in a sci-fi book or a helpful reading method - NEW -
This lecture walks students through reading a chapter in a text book and covers note-taking techniques.
Reading a research article - some helpful, general guidelines - September 17
This general lecture walks students through reading an IMRAD article (briefly addresses source-based articles) and covers the importance of keeping a note-taking system.
Write it in your own words! A workshop for sharpening your paraphrasing skills - NEW - October 1
This half-day workshop lead by both a librarian and writing tutor is geared towards students who feel they need more help with their paraphrasing skills.
This workshop is limited to 16 students.
Academic writing in English - some helpful, general guidelines - October 8
This general lecture focuses on writing effective paragraphs, problems with sentences, word choice and proofreading. This lecture does not address: how to write the different sections of a paper, citation style, referencing, paraphrasing.
Giving a presentation in English - some helpful, general guidelines - Oct. 15
This general lecture focuses on structure, language and techniques used in presentations. This lecture does not cover: instruction of how to use PowerPoint, slide formats, instruction in pronunciation, specific presentation situations.