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News flash:
The AWC is now open. Students wishing to book individual sessions need to first attend an email consultation. To do so, please send a past assignment and any questions you might have to awcbookings@nuigalway.ie. We will get back to you with advice on your areas of improvement. 
If you do not have any assignments, please attend one of our workshops (as advertised on the Blackboard Community page) prior to booking a session. 
This system has been put in place to make sure we help more students this year in spite of the limitations and delays caused by the current situation. 
 
Students who are registered with the University’s Disability Support Service can book a virtual consultation without completing either of the above steps. To do so, email awcbookings@nuigalway.ie and include ‘AWC virtual consultation (DSS)’ in the subject line.
 
Queries: AcademicWritingCentre@nuigalway.ie
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We provide one-on-one tutorials on essay writing. These are free and available to everyone, regardless of level of experience or grade average. 

We also support student writing through workshops, modules, and competitions. 

We offer help in the following areas: 

  • Brainstorming your essay topic and outline
  • Structuring an argument
  • Developing your thesis statement
  • Improving sentence structure and punctuation
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Using secondary sources
  • Editing and proofreading techniques

What we don't do:

  • We do not do the work for you, but support you in becoming a better writer. 
  • We do not work as proofreaders, but we can teach you to proofread your work.
  • We do not assess essays or comment on the grades they received.
  • We do not judge anyone for any writing issues.

 

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The AWC is located on Floor 2, in the James Hardiman Library. 

Please note that we are currently closed. 

 

 
 
 
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During term time, you can drop into the AWC between 11:00 - 13:00 and 18:00 - 20:00 every day except Friday nights and weekends. 

To book a session, email AcademicWritingCentre@nuigalway.ie.

To get the most out of your session, bring your written work with you. Some students bring completed assignments; others bring rough drafts or notes; past assignments are also acceptable.  An AWC tutor will identify your areas of improvement and set you on the track for becoming a better writer. You can also visit the AWC if you have trouble starting your essay or choosing your essay topic.

Help for Irish-Language Writing

Contact us for information on Irish-Language support: AcademicWritingCentre@nuigalway.ie 

Help for English as a Second Language Students

There is a saying that academic English is nobody's first language. Expressing complex ideas in a second language can be especially difficult. Some challenges particular to ESL students may include the use of definite and indefinite articles, correct word usage, and sentence structure. We can also show you how to take advantage of your linguistic knowledge and to use translation as an editing tool. 

A session at the AWC can also suit advanced learners of English who require more instruction, but whose level is too high for language classes.