The Writing Lab is an individual tutorial service provided for those who seek to improve their written English. It is available to all students in the department, from the first year to the master’s level.
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: https://calendly.com/edwl/.
Please note that appointments become available up to 14 days in advance.
Spring Semester 2020 Schedule (17 February-15 May):
To find out more about the tutors, please consult the staff pages.
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 () 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).
Additional Schedule Information
The Writing Lab runs from 15 September to 15 May (the first week is devoted to administrative tasks - see schedule above for exact start date). Although it is open during ‘reading week’ in November, it is closed most of the winter holiday and over Easter break. There are usually two weeks in January, just before exams, that students may also visit the lab.
Help and Guidelines for Writing
The Style Sheet
The Style Sheet contains the writing conventions that should be applied to all essays for the English Department, including mémoires. A hard copy is available at the Secretariat for CHF 2.-, and an e-version is available under Helpful Documents.