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Writing Lab


The Writing Lab is an individual tutorial service provided for those who seek to improve their academic writing. It is available to all students in the department, from the first year to the master’s level.


Services Provided

Tutors review the skills necessary for writing English academic essays. Meetings often cover structural elements, such as formulating thesis statements, constructing paragraphs, and organizing the essay. They also deal with writing techniques, including how to make smooth transitions and choose an appropriate register. Tutors do not evaluate the merit of arguments or help students analyse, nor do they proofread papers. The services of the Writing Lab are not available to students outside of the English Department of the University of Geneva. 


How to Sign up

You may sign up online at:

Please note that appointments become available up to 14 days in advance.

Spring Semester 2024 Schedule (4 March - 24 May)

MONDAY          09.00 – 12.00    Marianna RIISHOJGAARD
WEDNESDAY 13.00 – 16.00 Christina ZHOLDOKOVA  
THURSDAY 09.00 – 12.00 Christina ZHOLDOKOVA  
FRIDAY 13.00 – 16.00 Marianna RIISHOJGAARD  

To find out more about the tutors, please consult the staff pages.


Your appointment

You will work one-on-one with a tutor during a 30-minute appointment. Please arrive on time and bring a piece of writing (e.g. brainstorm, outline, thesis statement, paragraph, or draft) that you would like to discuss. If the door is closed, you may wait outside until the previous session has finished. 



After signing up you will receive an email confirmation that includes a button to cancel or reschedule. If you cannot find your confirmation or did not receive one, you may contact the Writing Lab by email (english-dep-writing-lab(at) or phone (022 379 70 18). Please cancel at least one hour before so that other students may take advantage of your time slot.



The Writing Lab is located next to the Secretariat in the English Department (CO 213), on the second floor of the Comédie building (12, Boulevard des Philosophes).


Help and Guidelines for Writing

Helpful Documents.