UM Library Thesis SupportAll

Next to practical help issues, such as ‘finding the right literature’, using ‘EndNote’ and ‘academic writing’, this portal also contains modules for self-reflection on personal issues, such as ‘stress’, ‘fear of failure’, ‘feedback’ and ‘procrastination’.

Getting started

Finding your way in academic writing

Starting to write a thesis is quite a challenge. Where to begin? How to choose a topic?

Faculties provide information about specific thesis requirements and offer guidance on several issues. The Thesis SupportAll provides additional basic information for bachelor and master students on how to get started.

Getting started takes time; if you face any difficulties while writing your thesis, it might be wise to check out the other items of the Thesis SupportAll.

If you get stuck in the process due to personal issues contact your student advisor or a student psychologist. For help in searching and writing contact the Writing Studio or Peer Point.

Personal Issues

Common non-writing-related issues

In recent years many books and manuals were published on the topic “how to write a thesis”; this shows that writing a thesis is a process with numerous learning related aspects.

You may have many content-related questions like; “where can I find the literature” or “what brings all of the data together”, but also personal concerns such as “will my work be good enough” or “how can I do this in such little time”. Also supervisors may have questions like “why can’t my student write an argument” or “why is this writing so tentative”.

The issues which are dealt with in this section of the thesis portal are related to personal concerns of students but the information given is also intended for supervisors. The topics may not only help students in reflecting on issues they seek answers for, but hopefully also bridge the gap between student and supervisor. If issues mentioned in this section are obstructing your thesis process, it is advisable to contact a student advisor as soon as possible.

Tips & articles about getting started
Tips & articles about personal issues

Bookshelf

Resources for every step in thesis writing

Go to the thesis support bookshelf

Contact

Study Advisers

Study advisers offer guidance and coaching to thesis students on how to create an overview on the practical as well as the academic tasks to

  • how to create an overview on the practical as well as the academic tasks to come
  • the work process, e.g. time management, study/work/life-balance, relationship with your supervisormotivational issues, stress management, etc.
  • motivational issues, stress management, etc.

More information on the study advisers 

UM Career Services

UM Career Services aims at assisting students in a successful preparation for their future career. This goal is achieved by providing students with the required education, information, advice and counseling.

Visiting address:

Studenten Service Centrum, First floor, room B1.21 (secretariat)
Bonnefantenstraat 2, 6211 KL Maastricht

Contact via email: careerservices@maastrichtuniversity.nl
Contact by phone: +31 (0)43 388 5263 (secretariat)

Student Psychologists

If you’re experiencing personal problems like stress or fear of failure relating to your thesis, you can consult a student psychologist.You’re welcome to make an appointment, even if you’re not sure what’s wrong. In your first meeting, you’ll discuss and clarify the nature of the issue and – together with your student psychologist – decide what to do next. Sometimes, one meeting may be enough to get back on track. In other cases, some follow-up meetings may help. If long-term or more specialised help is needed, your student psychologist will consult with you and may refer you to a specialist.

You’re welcome to make an appointment, even if you’re not sure what’s wrong. In your first meeting, you’ll discuss and clarify the nature of the issue and – together with your student psychologist – decide what to do next. Sometimes, one meeting may be enough to get back on track. In other cases, some follow-up meetings may help. If long-term or more specialised help is needed, your student psychologist will consult with you and may refer you to a specialist.Workshops are also organised to help with psychological issues; examples include stress management, time management and assertiveness training.

Workshops are also organised to help with psychological issues; examples include stress management, time management and assertiveness training.

More information on the student psychologists 

Language coaches

Language coaches are academic language professionals in the employment of the University’s Language Centre, who can offer guidance and coaching to thesis students on:

  • How to create an overview on the practical as well as the academic tasks to come
  • linguistic matters for academic papers as work in progress.

The Language Centre also runs additional classes, which are open for students from any academic discipline.

University Library
  • University Library website: library.maastrichtuniversity.nl (this site)
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