Your tutors: Bartek, Daniel, Ronja, Faiza, Lisa, Luisa

Writing tutoring service

Just drop in! From student to student - free of charge and competent, straightforward and confidential. We talk about your current writing project (in German or English) and give feedback on your drafts in both languages.

When can you come and see us?

No writing tutoring from 21.12. to 1.1.! From 2 to 4 January you can email us, if you have urgent questions. From the 7th of January we will be there for you again as usual:

Open drop-in sessions during the winter semester 2018/2019:

Wednesday, 11.00 - 13.00

Just come to the work bay in the library.


Book an individual appointment so we can focus exclusively on you and your questions. The sessions take place either in the library or by Zoom (video telephony). Use our booking calendar on ILIAS.

Book your appointment here

Writing? Writing! Writing.

Come and see us,

we won't write you off,

we'll help you!

Komm zu uns,

wir schreiben dich nicht ab,

wir helfen weiter!

Come and see us,

we won't write you off,

we'll help you!

Komm zu uns,

wir schreiben dich nicht ab,

wir helfen weiter!

Come and see us,

we won't write you off,

we'll help you!

Komm zu uns,

wir schreiben dich nicht ab,

wir helfen weiter!

Come and see us,

we won't write you off,

we'll help you!

Komm zu uns,

wir schreiben dich nicht ab,

wir helfen weiter!

Come and see us,

we won't write you off,

we'll help you!

Komm zu uns,

wir schreiben dich nicht ab,

wir helfen weiter!

FAQs about the Writing Tutoring Service

What is the Writing Tutoring Service?

We are peers - students like you, and we see eye to eye with you. The only difference is that we have a bit more experience in academic writing, have been trained by the writing centre to tutor you and continuously develop our tutoring skills further.

Where can I find the writing tutors?

Our writing tutoring takes place in the library - you can find us in the work bay right next to the library café. Just look for our sign. During the drop in sessions, you can simply come and see us.

Because we know that sometimes it's not possible to come past, we also offer tutoring via Zoom (video telephony). To use this service, you make an individual appointment just like you would for a session in the library with our ILIAS calendar. The online appointments are labelled accordingly.  Everything else is explained in the confirmation email you receive - it is a simple and straightforward process. Just like in the sessions in the library, we will talk to you about your individual questions and can also look at your text if you like.

What can peer writing tutors help me with?

We can help with everything and anything to do with academic writing: questions about finding a topic, about narrowing down a broad idea, about structuring your paper, the writing process, revision and editing or if you would simply like some feedback about your text. We also give advice on academic genres and their peculiarities or on how to overcome writer's block.

Who can use the writing tutoring service?

Our tutoring service is open to all students who want to produce good writing. It doesn't matter if you are just starting your degree and are unsure what is expected of you at the university or whether you have already gained some experience in academic writing and the feedback on your texts has been ok so far: The tutoring service can help you write even better texts and develop your writing skills further. Good writing is not an innate talent - it is a skill you can learn. To do so, you need to practice it, reflect on it, talk to others about it and get feedback on your texts. The writing tutoring service at the University of Konstanz is offered by students for students and for all disciplines. At present, there is no comparable offer for emerging researchers even if they might benefit from a writing tutoring service.

Which languages can you tutor on?

Most of our  tutoring sessions are conducted in German, but many of our tutors are also happy to hold a session in English. If you would like to speak English during the session it is best if you let us know beforehand via email so we can ensure that the respective tutor is comfortable with the language. We always try to ensure that we have a multilingual team and are keen to attract tutors who speak more than one language.

The language spoken in the session is one thing, the other is the language the text is written in. If you need to write a text in German or English (be it as a first or second language) you have come to the right place. However, we do not offer language tutoring or an editing service. If you write in a language other than English or German we may not be able to read your text, but we can still offer advice on your writing process. If you are in doubt please feel free to come and see us to discuss things.

Can I send you a text I would like feedback on?

Yes please because it helps us prepare for your tutoring session. Write us an email and attach up to four pages of text or your idea for a table of content, your notes on your research question or whatever else you have. Ideally you should also let us know what your questions are about these texts or what aspects you would like feedback on.

Do I need to already have writtten a text to come and see you?

No. Writing tutoring can help you in all phases of the writing process: in understanding the task your lecturer has given you, in finding and narrowing down your topic, in developing a research question, in structuring your ideas and in matters of academic language and correct referencing. We can also help you in motivating yourself, in setting a timeline or in finding a way of overcoming writer's block.

Can I send you my text for you to edit it?

The writing tutoring service helps you in your current writing project and also helps you get ready for your next writing tasks - because the next text is always waiting just around the corner. To do this, we talk about your writing and your texts with you and together find answers to your questions. We do not offer an editing or proofreading service - but we do help you find a solution for your questions.

Should I prepare for the tutoring session?

If you have some general questions about academic writing or are not sure exactly if or how we can help you, you can just drop in to our open office hours and we'll talk about it.

If you already know what you need advice on you will benefit more if you come prepared. We can help you best if you

a) book an  appointment  so that we know you are coming and can reserve time just for you.

b) send us an email in which you put down as clearly as possible what you need from us / what is important to you. Ideally you should attach the drafts you would like to talk about as well. Please remember that we need a bit of time to prepare for the session and can only read about four pages of text per session. If you send us more than that, let us know which parts you would like to focus on.

Do you only help with academic texts?

We are trained to give feedback on academic texts, that is, term papers, essays, exposes, final theses etc. However, we can also help you with your letters of motivation, application letters etc. If you would like someone to take the time to discuss a text like that and get constructive feedback from a third party, you have come to the right place. If you need specific information on applications, curriculum vitaes etc, the Career Service is a good point of call for you.


Would you like to join our team? We are always happy to welcome new tutors. Find out how you can work with us.