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VWA Mentoring

Writing texts is not always easy. It is a skill, however, and a skill that can be learned. As part of this programme, Styrian schoolchildren who are currently working with their VWA (pre-scientific paper) are given the opportunity to receive additional support from a mentor to further development their writing skills.

A mentor helps with

  • Tips for researching and handling up-to-date specialist literature
  • Problems with sources, e.g. their quality or usability, citation styles, etc.
  • Discussions about the subject area and the research question of the paper
  • Feedback on the pre-scientific paper
  • Experience in time management during the last school year – after all, the time to graduation passes faster than you think
  • Questions about studying at a higher education institution
  • Assistance in applying for library cards
  • Campus tours or attending a lecture together

Programme duration

The programme begins in the second semester of the 7th grade in secondary school and lasts until the end of the first semester of the 8th grade. 

Participating faculties

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Languages, History, Philosophy, Cultural Anthropology etc.)
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences (Physics, Biology, Psychology etc.)
  • Faculty of Law (human rights etc.)
  • Faculty of Catholic Theology (World Religions, Applied Ethics etc.)
  • Faculty of Environmental, Regional and Educational Sciences (Geography, Education, Sports Science, Environmental Systems Sciences)

The programme has been open to all Styrian grammar schools since the school year 2016/17. The VWA Mentoring programme was developed by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Graz with the support of the Styrian Board of Education.


Dean of studies

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Margit Reitbauer

Vice dean of studies

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Nikolaus Reisinger

Coordination Centre for teacher training programmes


Contact persons

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