Peer Tutor Training

Students at Leuphana can become certified peer tutors by completing a training week at the Schreibzentrum / Writing Center (Beware: No credit points can be earned.)

Note: Due to the Corona pandemic, the Peer Tutor Training has been postponed: It will now take place from 28/09 to 02/10/20. Currently, we are working on digitising some modules so that they can already be completed during the summer semester.


Peer tutors serve as guides to writers during the process of text production. Our goal is to support writers to become more aware of their writing process. During the training you will be introduced to the perspective of perceiving writing as a process, you will learn about the characteristics of academic writing, and how to assist other students in improving their textual skills.

Target group

The training is suitable to every student who is interested in writing, language, and reflecting his/her own actions. Reflection is a significant part of the training, as writing and text competences can only be acquired by engaging deliberately with the process. At the same time, students will be sensitized for the influence of cultural, disciplinary and genre-specific factors which will also have a positive impact on their own writing habits.

During the training, the German and English languages will be juxtaposed, and the individual language skills of the participants will be taken into consideration. The training will be conducted in German and/or English.

Structure of the Training

The course consists of compulsory and optional modules. The contents of the training are based on the "Rahmenkonzept für die Ausbildung Peer-Schreibtutor*innen" of the Gesellschaft für Schreibdidaktik und Schreibforschung.

Compulsory modules (64 training units overall)

  • Basic module 1: The writing process (16 TU)
  • Basic module 2: Speaking about writing (16 TU)
  • Basic Module 3: Scientific language German OR scientific language English (8 TU each)
  • Practical module (16 TU)
  • Final module: Reflection (8 TU)

Optional modules (at least 16 training units; further modules can be taken voluntarily)

  • German as a foreign language (8 TU)
  • Giving constructive text feedback (8 TU)
  • Basics of scientific working and writing with support of software (8 TU)
  • Reading strategies (4 TU)
  • Multilingualism (4 TU)
  • Creative writing strategies (4 TU)
  • Are you still quoting or are you already plagiarizing? Basics of discipline-specific citation conventions (4 TU)
  • Insights into the work of the writing center (4 TU)
  • Online writing consultation (4 TU)
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar (4 TU)

Next Training

At the end of each semester we offer a Peer Tutor Training. The next (postponed) training will take place from 28.9. to 2.10.20. The basic modules are taught on an intensive five-day basis. The dates for the elective modules will be selected together with the group.
A job as a student writing consultant at the Schreibzentrum / Writing Center after the intensive five-day week is possible – as long as the funds are available.

Note: Due to the corona pandemic, we are currently working on digitising some modules so that they can already be completed during the summer semester.

Reports from Students

This description of the training is only one side of the coin. The other side is the experience of the peer tutors themselves. Students from many different study programmes work for the Schreibzentrum / Writing Center. Their main task is to advise other students on academic texts. Our tutors talk about why they decided to do this job and what they have gained from doing it. (Note: only available in German)

In diesem persönlichen Bericht erzählt Sylvia, warum sie Schreibberaterin geworden ist und was manchmal am Job schwierig ist...

Andreas berichtet, wie das Schreiben sein Leben verändert hat und warum er sich entschieden hat, andere bei ihren Schreibprojekten zu unterstützen...

Dass die Arbeit als Schreibtutorin ihr Leben extrem bereichert hat, davon erzählt Janine...

In ihrem Bericht erzählt Veronika, warum es im Schreibzentrum/WritingCenter auf Teamwork ankommt...