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Academic Writing and Language Support

The Academic Writing and Language team offers the following support:

  • One-to-one AWL Tutorials
  • One-to-one AWL Express Tutorial
  • AWL Workshops

Scroll down to find out how to access these services.

Not sure what one-to-one support you need? Use the guide below to help you decide.

Choose the right Academic Writing and Language service for you

An AWL Express Tutorial is a ten minute appointment; an AWL tutorial is a 30 minute appointment.

This handy guide is designed to help you choose which is best for you. If you still aren't sure what kind of help you need, please email awl@mdx.ac.uk and we will be happy to assist you.

AWL Express Tutorial

Students are allowed one appointment per day.

Key points about AWL Express Tutorial

  • They are private
  • They can only be booked on the day of the appointment
  • They can be booked up to 15 minutes before the appointment takes place
  • They are 10 minutes long

Use the calendar on the right to book a place.

AWL Tutorials

Students are allowed one appointment per week and must book only with their school/faculty.

Key points about AWL Tutorials

  • They are private
  • They can be booked up to 15 minutes before the appointment takes place
  • They are usually 30 minutes long
  • There is very high demand so please tell us at least 24 hours in advance if you need to change or cancel an appointment. You can do this by email: awl@mdx.ac.uk

Please note that we do NOT offer a proof-reading service.

  • Book an AWL tutorial: Click on your school to view availability.

    • Business School

    • Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries

    • School of Health and Education

    • School of Law

    • School of Science and Technology

AWL Workshops

Our Open Workshops provision is unavailable during summer. These will resume at the beginning of Academic Year 2021-2022.

Key points about AWL Workshops

  • They are offered from October to March
  • They are open to all students
  • They must be booked in advance
  • Multiple topics are taught
  • Additional topics may be requested

Workshop descriptions can be found below.

  • Workshop Descriptions

    • How to get a first

      This workshop aims to put you on the path to getting yourself a top degree from Middlesex. It covers tips for both face-to-face and online learning.

    • Understanding and avoiding plagiarism:

      This workshop will help you understand exactly what plagiarism is, when and how to use references in your work, and how to use and understand Turnitin.  This workshop covers Harvard referencing.

    • Critical Thinking:

      This workshop shows you what “critical thinking” actually is, and provides tips on how to make your reading and writing more analytical.

    • Essay Writing

      This popular workshop will show you how to plan and write a typical academic essay.

    • Report Writing

      This workshop takes a step-by-step approach to report writing, and offers examples to guide you.

    • Reflective Writing

      This workshop shows you what “reflective writing” is, why you’re asked to do it, and how to do it.

    • Writing a Literature Review

      Most Postgraduate students, and many Undergraduate students too, will need to write a Literature Review – and writing one is a challenge for anybody! This workshop will introduce you to the art of writing a top quality Literature Review, including typical structures of a Literature Review and the language you will need to use.

    • How to give presentations

      It can be hard to sound convincing when you speak in front of people. This workshop will help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to give effective presentations. It will cover face-to-face, online synchronous and online asynchronous presentations.

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