Writing and Speaking Consultations

Spring 2021 ARC Appointments - W&S Consultations

This semester, the ARC will be offering both in-person and online support for students enrolled in NYU Shanghai!

If you're located in Shanghai, you're welcome to join us in in-person consultation sessions, online consultation sessions, and library walk-ins.

  • To book an hour-long consultation appointment (either in person or online) with a Global Writing & Speaking Fellow, you can log into WCOnline.
  • To have a library walk-in appointment with a Global Writing & Speaking Fellow, you don’t need to reserve in advance. Walk-in appointments will be held Monday-Friday, 2:00-4:00 PM at the Library Reference Desk, Academic Building. Each appointment is a maximum of 20 minutes.

If you're learning virtually at NYU Shanghai, you're welcome to book an online session. Click here for more information about online-specific resources.

*For Go-Local students, please choose the [Go-Local schedules] when making appointments and go to the Shinmay ARC (28-101) for in-person appointments. You're also encouraged to book online appointments with NYU Writing Center for writing support!

Individual Tutoring

We offer support at any stage of the writing process. Drop in or schedule a one-on-one Writing or Speaking Consultation on WCOnline by clicking on the Appointment button below. If it is your first time using the site, you will need to register first.

Make an Appointment


Who we are:
NYU Shanghai Global Writing & Speaking Fellows provide academic support and enrichment for the students at NYU Shanghai. Fellows provide support in writing, speaking, and general academic skills. They work closely with faculty, and they tutor, teach, and collaborate with different university departments to spearhead projects and initiatives that enrich the student academic experience and university community at large. Fellows also have the opportunity to work on their own writing and research projects over the course of the academic year. Learn more about the cohort of AY 2020-2021 Global Writing & Speaking Fellows.

Where to find us:
All writing & speaking consultation appointments take place in the ARC, 5th floor, Academic Building. You may ask the Information Assistant (IA) at the front desk outside of the ARC for assistance if you can’t find your appointed Writing & Speaking Fellow. Library walk-in appointments take place at the Library Reference Desk, 4th floor, Academic Building, Monday-Friday, 2:00-4:00 PM.

What we do:

  • We will work with you at any point in the writing, speaking, listening, studying, and reading process, including brainstorming and academic skills.
  • We will help you with your concerns about the paper at hand and to suggest to you something new about the craft of writing.
  • We will prompt you to rethink and complicate your idea, and develop ways to clarify, deepen, and refine your readings of evidence.
  • We will Make suggestions about style as we come to understand your meaning. In cases where we think sentence structure needs review, we will address specific rules with you.

What we DO NOT do:

  • We will not proofread, edit, ghostwrite, or grade your paper.
  • We will not read through the paper and correct your paper for you.
  • We will not tell you what your idea is or how to read a particular piece of evidence.
  • We will not provide feedback to your writing in email without having a consultation session.
  • We will not pre-read your essay before a consultation session.

In an ARC consultation, a Writing and Speaking Fellow can:

  • Help you understand an assignment prompt and brainstorm ideas
  • Help you make wiring/speaking outlines together
  • Provide you with feedback on essay drafts
  • Walk you through research process and prepare for essay writing
  • Help you practice reading skills and better understand course texts
  • Help you practice note-taking and listening skills 
  • Prepare you for class presentations
  • Explain you concepts of academic integrity
  • Help you polish and revise personal statements
  • ......

Writing & Speaking Consultation Policies

Required Materials

  • When you make a writing appointment, you are required to bring the following:
  • 2 hard copies of the most current draft
  • Assignment guidelines from instructor
  • Feedback from instructor (if applicable)
  • Notes and readings relevant to the assignment
  • Questions, concerns, and issues they want to address

Appointment expectations
Appointments are booked for 1 hour, but typically last around 45 minutes so that there is time to complete a client report that summarizes your progress and is shared with relevant faculty, unless you request otherwise.

The ARC expects that students will engage in substantial reflection and revision before scheduling a follow-up writing consultation. We strongly recommend against scheduling more than one appointment per week for one assignment in order to allow for reflection and revision.

A student can book up to two appointments with Global Writing and Speaking Fellows per week and one appointment per day for the same project. 

You can cancel appointments in WCOnline up until two hours before the appointment time. If you encounter any problem in canceling your appointment, or you need to cancel the appointment within two hours of its start time, please email the ARC at shanghai.arc@nyu.edu.

You may walk into the ARC anytime if there is an appointment slot, unbooked, and it is no more than 45 minutes passed that appointment hour. If you walk in on an unbooked appointment 10 minutes later after the appointment begins, our Fellow will let you know whether they would be able to work with you in this session or it's better that you book a full-hour appointment at a different time. You may also visit our walk-in hours in the library, Monday-Friday, 2:00-4:00 PM. Each library walk-in appointment is a maximum of 20 minutes.

Late and missed appointment
If you are more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, it may be canceled. If you miss or be late for more than two appointments or cancel at the last minute more than twice, your WCOnline account will be disabled. You must email the ARC at shanghai.arc@nyu.edu for assistance.

If no appointment slot is available for you at the time of booking, you may join the waiting list for that particular day by clicking the “waiting list” on the lower right corner of the schedule. You will receive a notification once an appointment slot becomes available. However, you will need to log back into WCOnline in order to secure the appointment.

Read the full policy here.