Thinking Writing's primary aim is to make the contexts in which writing is set, judged and has purpose, more effective, engaging and meaningful. This is why we like to work with academic teachers in the contexts of their teaching. We also recognise that individuals and groups of students can benefit from additional attention to their writing process or their written texts - and as such we are pleased to be part of the Learning Development team at Queen Mary.
Learning Development at Queen Mary has a number of excellent resources that students can draw on to help make their experience of writing more rewarding. These include one-to-one tutorials from both Learning Advisors and Royal Literary Fund Fellows.
Courses in Academic Writing
The Language Centre in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film offers a number of insessional modules , available to undergraduate and postgraduate students from all disciplines.Aimed primarily at International students and those for whom English is not a first language, the modules may also be useful for home students who have English as their first or additional language who wish to develop their academic skills and awareness.
Thinking Writing runs writing retreats for postgraduate students several times each year, and for undergraduate students in conjunction with the departments. These are held on on of the QM campuses in London and offer students a chance to get away from the pressure of studying and the distractions of everyday life, and work on the writing. The retreats are not classes or workshops but are a quiet space for writing together with other people, facilitated by a member of Thinking Writing who structures the day with a series of short tasks and goal setting activities. You can find out more on our retreats here.
Please get in touch with Thinking Writing if you would like to hear about forthcoming retreats or would like to arrange for one to be held in your department.
Workshops for research students
The Centre for Academic and Professional Development offers a programme of activities specifically targeted at postgraduate research students.
The Learning Development site hosts a number of on-line and downloadable writing -related self-access resources.
Academic English Online is a resource designed by the Language Centre for Queen Mary students to develop and broaden their skills in academic English
For Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, the STEM Wishees site provides examples of authentic student writing (mostly from Queen Mary) together with short videos of academic tutors talking about the successful and less successful features of the texts. There are some additional resources that students can work through.
The Library has a range of Study Skills books that can be found in the Teaching Collection on the ground floor of the Mile End Library. The collection covers subjects such as:
- General Study Skills
- Exam Skills
- Public Speaking/Presentations
- Research and Theses/Dissertations
- Reading and Writing skills
- English as a Foreign Language
The collection also includes a bibliotherapy section containing self-help books set up in conjunction with the Queen Mary Advice and Counselling Service