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Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Student Service Centre
Ammerländer Heerstr. 114 - 118
26129 Oldenburg

In the Learning Workshops at the Study and Career Counselling Service (ZSKB), we help students of all degree programmes to develop their academic working and writing skills.

Our aim is to promote independent academic thinking and to present the various options available to students when working on specific projects. In order to provide personal, individual support, we take into account both university requirements and the needs and wishes of the students.

Our services ...

Workshops with the following topics:

  • Reading, writing and learning techniques
  • Writing homework and final papers, etc.
  • Spelling and punctuation
  • Citation techniques
  • Literature administration
  • Free speech and presentation techniques

Personal writing advice

In a confidential one-on-one meeting we offer students the opportunity to discuss their work – regardless of whether it is a term paper or thesis, essay or exposé (developing the structure, formulating questions, time management etc.). We also provide ideas when writing comes to a standstill.

Accompanied writing groups

Another great way in which we support students’ individual writing process is via our accompanied writing groups. The Learning Workshops provide rooms for small groups, supported by writing tutors.

Materials, tips and links

These include:

  • Scripts and working materials for each workshop
  • Recommended reading for scientific working methods and academic writing
  • Final theses for viewing in the waiting zone on the 3rd floor of the SSC
  • Collection of readers for scientific work from the scientific fields on our website
  • Information on external university writing centres

What is important to us ...

  • Our work is interdisciplinary, taking into account the cultures of the different scientific fields.
  • We think that it is important to provide an opportunity for neutral consultation and reflection.
  • We provide a safe environment for productive and respectful communication. That's why we generally do not award ECTS points.
  • We are well connected to other university institutions and can therefore provide all-round support to students so that they can successfully complete their studies.
  • We focus on both research into higher education and into how to teach writing skills, and regularly take part in specialist conferences and training courses.
  • We don't always have a quick answer to every question, but we do have ideas on how we can solve problems together.
  • We regularly get feedback on our services and engage in open discussions with students and teachers.  
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