Writing and Speaking Consultations

Make an Appointment

To book an hour-long consultation appointment with a Global Writing & Speaking Fellow, you can log into WCOnline. Click here for more information about online-specific resources.

Location: Open in Spreadsheet
Hours: 9am to 8pm, Monday - Thursday
            9am to 5pm, Friday
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Who We Are

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 2023-2024 Global Writing & Speaking Fellows.

Where We Are

Writing & speaking consultation appointments take place in person on the New Bund Campus or online. In-person appointments may take place in individual consultation rooms on the 3F and 4F of the East Block (E305, E306, E308, E407, E408, E409) or the tutoring space in the ARC (W523 on the 5th floor of the West Hall). Please refer to this spreadsheet within half an hour prior to your appointment to access the location of the Writing & Speaking tutor. 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.

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 suggest new approaches to 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.
  • We will help you understand an assignment prompt and brainstorm ideas.
  • We will help you make writing/speaking outlines together.
  • We will provide you with feedback on essay drafts.
  • We will walk you through the research process and prepare you for essay writing.
  • We will help you practice reading skills and better understand course texts.
  • We will help you practice note-taking and listening skills.
  • We will prepare you for class presentations.
  • We will help you understand concepts of academic integrity.
  • We will help you polish and revise personal statements.
What we do NOT do?
  • We will not proofread, edit, ghostwrite, or grade your paper.
  • We will not read through the paper and correct it 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.
What should I bring to my appointment with a Writing and Speaking Fellow?

When you make a writing appointment, you are required to bring the following:

  • Copies of your most current draft (if applicable)
  • Assignment guidelines from your instructor
  • Feedback from your instructor (if applicable)
  • Notes and readings relevant to the assignment
  • Questions, concerns, and issues you want to address
Can a Writing and Speaking Fellow read my draft paper before a writing consultation?

We do not read any student work in advance of a consultation – all work, reading, and discussion should be done in the space of the session.

How long is a typical appointment with a Writing and Speaking Fellow?

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

How many appointments can I book with a Writing and Speaking Fellow per week?

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.

How can I cancel an appointment?

You can cancel appointments in WCOnline up until two hours before the appointment time. If you need to cancel the appointment within two hours or encounter any problems in canceling your appointment, please directly email the tutor (Tutors' emails can be found on their appointment booking page on WCOnline).

Does the ARC have walk-in hours?

The ARC does not offer walk-ins in the ARC space (W523). Please either make appointments on WCOnline in advance or visit our walk-in hours in the library at the reference desk, Monday through Friday, 2:00-3:00 PM. Each library walk-in appointment is a maximum of 20 minutes. If you are in urgent need of an appointment, you can let the IA at the ARC front desk know or email shanghai.arc@nyu.edu and we will help you to see if there are any available fellows. Appointments like such will not be guaranteed.

What happens if I am late for an appointment?

If you are more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, it will be canceled and marked as a “no-show”. If you miss two appointments, your WCOnline account will be disabled. In this event, please email the ARC at shanghai.arc@nyu.edu or your tutor directly for assistance. Tutors’ emails can be found on their appointment booking page.

What if all the appointments are booked?

If no appointment slot is available for you at the time of booking, you may join the waiting list for that day by clicking on “Waiting List” in the lower right corner of the schedule. You will receive a notification once an appointment slot becomes available. Please note that in this event, you will need to log back into WCOnline and book the appointment in order to secure the appointment. You may also visit our walk-in hours in the library at the Reference desk, Monday through Friday, 2:00-3:00 PM.

I am an undergraduate student at NYU Shanghai, and I am taking courses offered by other NYU global sites this semester. May I book appointments for help with courses not offered by NYU Shanghai?
NYU Shanghai ARC consultations prioritize undergraduate students enrolled in NYU Shanghai courses, whose course codes usually start with "SHU". If you need support for classes offered by other NYU global sites, you are strongly encouraged to use the corresponding writing center's services or seek support from your professor directly. Appointments about courses not offered by NYU Shanghai may be canceled. 
I am a graduate student studying at NYU Shanghai, may I book appointments at the ARC?

The ARC currently only offers consultations to undergraduate students. You're advised to seek support from faculty and resources in your graduate program instead. Appointments booked by graduate students may be canceled.