Tips for a successful colloquium

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General tips
  • Do not end your day stuck. Make sure you know what you will start with the next day, maybe saving something easy like formatting or creating a figure. You can also write a note for yourself for the next day about what to start with.
  • Feedback is very valuable. You will receive feedback from your supervisor, but you can organise more feedback yourself. Perhaps a fellow student who is also working on their colloquium would like to swap essays or listen to a practice presentation.
  • If you need help, reach out to your supervisor, especially if you are stuck on the content. Perhaps you have difficulty finding enough literature because your topic is too narrow or are overwhelmed because your topic is too broad. Your supervisor is there to help.
  • Make a plan before you start. Look at the example time schedule and discuss your plan with your supervisor. Making a plan will help you stay in control and avoid issues that may lead you to intentionally or unintentionally plagiarise.


Tips for writing a good academic English text
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  • If you need help with structuring your writing or with your English, reach out to the lecturer academic writing, Miriam Moester, at


Online resources