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Academic writing tutorials

The University Language Centre offers international students a one-to-one tutorial service to support them with their written academic work. Home students may also be referred for an appointment if they are experiencing particular difficulties.

Please note: this service is only available to postgraduate research/PhD students. 

Each academic writing tutorial is based around a sample of the student's own writing - submitted at the time of making the appointment - allowing the tutor's advice to be tailored to the student's specific needs. Feedback will focus on areas such as structure, referencing and appropriate use of English.

The academic writing tutorial service is available during term-time throughout the academic session (between October and June, excluding the Christmas, Easter and summer vacation periods).

Tutorials last for up to one hour and students are advised that one tutorial appointment per semester is possible. This service is free of charge to students.

Please note: this is not a proof-reading or correction service and the University Language Centre does not provide such a service.

How has this service helped students to develop their writing?

We receive positive feedback from students who have used this service during their studies at Manchester. Below are some comments from students who have used this service and have found the feedback from an experienced language tutor beneficial to their personal academic needs.

The session was a huge turn around for me. I not only gained better understanding of how to construct paragraphs, sentences and the correct use of grammar but also had better understanding of the use of punctuation as well as good referencing. The session renewed my confidence.

Student / School of Law

I particularly liked the tutor's approach. The in depth discussion of my work exceeded my original expectation when I, encouraged by Rachel Sinnott, requested a one-to-one appointment with the University Language Centre. The practical advice and guidance I was given to use available resources online are assets that I will use actively during my studies at Manchester.

Student / School of Medical and Human Sciences

How do I book an academic writing tutorial?

Submit a sample piece of your writing and a tutorial request form. The writing sample should be a recent piece of coursework or any other piece of your academic work in any stage of its preparation. Your sample must be:

  • 900 -1500 words in length (if it is any longer, please indicate clearly which portion you wish to have considered by highlighting the text)
  • In Word format (we are unable to accept PDF documents)
  • With double spaced lines and page numbers
  • In size 11 or 12 pt. font

If your sample does not meet this criteria, your booking is likely to be delayed. Please email your documents to the Tutorials team.

Please bear in mind that we require at least one week's notice of each tutorial appointment so allow yourself plenty of time if you are working to a submission deadline. Please also be aware that the notice period may be a little longer, particularly during busy periods when there is high demand from students.

Once your tutorial request form and writing sample have been received, you will receive an email offering you a choice of appointment times.

When your choice has been received, you will need to wait to receive a confirmation email. Your appointment has not been confirmed until you receive this.

If you find that you have to cancel your appointment, please let us know immediately so that the appointment slot can be allocated to another student.  Any failure to attend an appointment without informing us may result in you being denied a tutorial opportunity in the future.

Where will I have my tutorial?

Normally, in the Samuel Alexander Building, but you will be told where your tutor will meet you when your appointment is confirmed.

Can I book more than one appointment?

Normally, we advise that one appointment per semester can be offered (a maximum of 2 across the academic year). However, if you attend an appointment and either your tutor recommends a follow up appointment, or you feel you need further support, you should contact the Programme Support Officer in the first instance to check availability (contact details below). Please note that priority will always be given to those students who have not yet used this service.

Please quote your full name and student ID number in all correspondence.

General data protection regulations

The University needs to collect, maintain and use personal data in order to process your registration for classes. It is important that you read our Students, Applicants and Offer Holders Privacy Notice, to understand how we process your personal information. 

If you have any queries regarding the service, please contact the Academic Support Programmes Officer:

or view the Frequently Asked Questions below:

Link to the tutorial request form.