As part of NYU’s Expository Writing Program in the College of Arts and Science, the Global Writing Center offers writing support for any student in NYU’s Global Network. Using Google’s video chat (Google Hangout) and document sharing functions (Google Docs), students will discuss their writing one on one with an experienced peer-tutor trained to help them address identified writing needs. Students can expect to work actively during the session and to have some new writing as well as a plan for how to move forward independently by the end of the session.
Making an Appointment
(1) Writing Center sessions are 45 minutes long. In the fall semester in particular, you should try to schedule your appointment about a week prior to the date you want the conference to take place. Allow yourself time to schedule the appointment, revise your writing based on the progress you make during your conference, and turn in your paper by the due date.
(2) There are five Senior Tutors with whom you may be able to make an appointment: Yianni, Nina, Nate, Amanda and Emilia. During a typical week, each of these tutors is available during the following hours: Yianni (Tuesday, 2:00-6:00 pm and Friday, 1:00-4:00 pm), Nina (Monday 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Tuesday 5:00-7:00 pm, and Thursday, 5:00-7:00 pm), Nate (Monday, 4:00-7:00 pm, Tuesday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm or 1:00-3:00 pm, and Wednesday, 7:00-8:00 pm), Amanda (Tuesday, 7:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday, 6:00-7:00 pm, Thursday, 1:00-2:00 pm or 6:00-8:00 pm, and Friday, 11:00 am-2:00 pm), and Emilia (Monday 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Wednesday, 5:00 -7:00 pm, and Thursday, 5:00 -8:00 pm). A week or so before you would like to discuss your writing with a tutor, email firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating five times starting on the hour (e.g. 2:00 pm on Tuesday, November 1st with Nate) when a tutor is generally available and you would like a conference. If we are able to schedule you at one of the times you propose, you will receive an email confirming the time and offering further instructions for your appointment. If we are unable to schedule you at one of the times you request, we will email you to request additional times.
Appointment times listed are Eastern Standard Time, so when you request an appointment, be sure to adjust for any time difference between your site and NYU’s New York campus. You may schedule one appointment per week and as many as five appointments per semester.
Preparing for Your Appointment
(1) Please follow the instructions on the confirmation email for using Google Docs to share your paper with the Senior Tutor. If your writing concern relates to a particular assignment, please also upload the assignment and, if possible, comments you may have received from your professor as you have worked on the assignment.
(2) Prior to your conference, review your draft and related materials, and think about the particular questions or concerns that you would like to address during the conference.
(3) Be sure that you are on Google Hangout through your NYU email by the time scheduled for the start of your conference so that you and your tutor can start to work promptly.
What You Can Expect During Your Conference
(1) The Senior Tutor will ask you for input at the start of the session so that you and the tutor can jointly set the agenda for the session.
(2) During the session, you and your tutor will consider the writing that is on the page and the writing that is not yet there. Your tutor will prompt you to think actively, to compose new writing, and to discuss your thoughts about your paper and your writing process.
(3) Your tutor will treat you with respect and respond fully to your concerns. Since we at the Writing Center are just as interested in your long-term development as a writer as we are in your paper, you may also be asked to try a new strategy. Our aim is two-fold: to address your concerns about your current writing and to suggest to you something new about the craft of writing.
Our Bottom Line
(1) We are writing consultants, not proofreaders, editors, ghostwriters or graders of your paper. You should not expect us to read through your paper and fix it. Rather, we will make suggestions about style as we come to understand your meaning, and we will address any patterns of error that we see in your writing.
(2) We will not tell you what your idea is or how to read a particular piece of evidence. Instead, we will prompt you to rethink and complicate your idea, and we will help you to develop ways to clarify, deepen, and refine your readings of evidence.
(3) We will not assess the validity of a grade you have received or predict the grade you will receive.
Our Attendance and Cancellation Policies
(1) To cancel a scheduled session, email email@example.com at least 24 hours in advance.
(2) If you are not available on Google Hangout by ten minutes into the time scheduled for your session, you will lose your session.