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    What's more exciting and intimidating than having to write a small book at the end of your studies? From start to finish, we can offer some tips to help.

    What's the next step?

    After deciding on the content of your thesis with your promotor, it can be difficult to get started. Later on, perhaps you would like some tips on what to do next or how to better structure it. You can find what you need on this section.

    Our workshops offer a lot of advice on planning, researching and writing your thesis. You can meet other students here, share your experiences and help each other. Attendance is free, so don't hesitate to find the workshop you need!

    Do you want some advice on your own thesis? Don't hesitate to seek out individual guidance. We can have a look at your thesis and arrange for personal guidance or tutoring.

    Looking for the perfect ambience to focus your creativity? The Thesis café offers a quiet, relaxing place for students to work on their thesis and exchange ideas while enjoying a hot drink.

    How to write the perfect thesis?

    Feeling stuck? If you have problems in planning and writing your thesis, the Study Guidance Centre is here to help.

    Our advisors will listen to you and offer whatever you need to help you focus and write a good thesis. If you are worried about the quality of your writing in English, we can arrange for a tutor to help and proofread your paper. Find out more on how to get individual guidance on our page, or contact us.

    A thesis covers a very specific subject, but there's an art in presenting your discoveries on paper. You can find valuable feedback and advice on the quality of your academic language at the Academic Language Centre (ACTO).

    As much as we want to help, keep in mind that the content of your thesis is something that only your promotor can decide. Don't hesitate to talk to them if you have questions on what to add or what you can change.

    Which workshop should I attend?

    The Study Guidance Centre organises workshops which contain tons of advice regarding the Bachelor's or Master's thesis.

    Participants are encouraged to share their experiences, making it a learning opportunity for other students and for the university staff. If you feel like you could use some help regarding the following topics, don't hesitate to participate!

    Workshops are free for students at the VUB, but registration is mandatory. Please register in time, so we can reserve the proper amount of seats.

    To see the schedule of the workshops, check the calendar regularly.

    Workshop 1: How to start a bachelor or master thesis

    Since a thesis is such a long-term project, you need to know how to search for the subject that suits you best.

    • How do you get started?
    • What questions to ask to your (future) promotor?
    • How do you choose a subject? 

    Workshop 2: the process of writing a thesis - step by step

    From the start of your research to the complete project.

    • How do you write a research problem?
    • What is the difference between sources and literature?
    • Which research method will you use?

    Workshop 3: Tips and tricks for writing an academic paper.

    Tips and tricks for writing an academic paper.

    • Do you use “I” or “us”?
    • How to write clearly?  
    • How to prevent plagiarism?

    Workshop 4: Rules and considerations for writing in academic English

    This workshop provides a practical summary of the most important rules and considerations for writing a thesis. 

    It also offers an overview of common mistakes in English. Students are encouraged to bring their own texts to the session.

    Discover our workshops!

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    Write, talk & relax

    The objective of the Thesis café is to create a relaxed atmosphere to write your master thesis or paper.

    It is not a lecture or seminar, but a social event aimed at motivating students to write, exchange ideas and offer feedback. Students from all faculties can join.

    Meetings will take place on campus Etterbeek, every Wednesday from 2 PM to 5 PM during weeks 22 to 40 (no meetings during weeks 29 and 30 - Easter Holidays).

    Each meeting consists of three blocks of 45 minutes. Snacks and drinks are provided during the breaks.

    More information via thesiscafe@vub.ac.be.