The Mentorship course is an obligatory part of the first-year BA Dutch Studies programme.
This non-credit course is designed to offer students instruction and practice in academic skills, such as:
study skills, time management
getting the gist of lectures, note-taking
reading and skimming academic literature
library skills, assessing (online) resources
academic writing, text editing
the basics of academic research.
The students will improve their skills in:
using their study time efficiently, studying effectively
identifying the main topics and the main ideas in academic lectures and publications
finding relevant literature and assessing its general quality and reliability
applying the formal guidelines on the writing of academic papers, using the formal register in writing
formulating a research question, setting up a small research project
The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website.
The classes take place bi-weekly, 4 times during the 1st semester. For detailed information, please consult the Blackboard page of the course.
Mode of instruction
Interactive lectures and tutorials
No credits (= 0 EC)
2 hours x 7 bi-weekly classes = 14 hours
Self-study of the library’s online tutorials = 2 hours
- Obligatory attendance, active participation
Blackboard will be used for announcements, general course information, a detailed timetable, distributing course material, etc.
Students are required to register for this course via uSis, the course registration system of Leiden University. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.
Students will be divided into groups at the beginning of the course by the coordinator of studies.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Coordinator of Dutch Studies: Ms. I. Zagar