Our core service is a 50-minute, one-to-one consultation with one of our professional consultants. We hold these appointments face-to-face (in the Writing Center and at the Newman Library Reference Desk), and via online chat.
Most students choose to meet with us in person, in order to work side by side with an invested, attentive reader. You and your consultant can easily and efficiently ask one another questions, practice strategies, and evaluate the results. Visit our online scheduler to book an appointment either at the Main Writing Center or in the Library. (To choose between the two locations, use the dropdown menu in the middle of the scheduler’s main page.)
Please note that while we don’t hold official walk-in hours, we’re happy to serve students without booked appointments whenever we have an opening. Stop by and we’ll help you find what you need.
Have a thesis statement that you want to make as strong as possible? If you’re not able to come to campus, and you have a contained, specific goal, you may want to schedule a time to “meet” with your consultant in an online chat room. These sessions move more slowly than face-to-face appointments, but enable you to connect with us from home. Book your appointment via our online scheduler, exactly as you would for a face-to-face session. (Just look for the “Meet Online?” prompt in the appointment window.)
When it’s time for your session to begin, log in to the scheduler and click on your appointment. You’ll be directed to join your consultant in a chat room where you can instant message and look at your draft together.
Preparing for your session
Whether you come see us in person or join us online, you’ll get the most out of your session with a little preparation. Here’s what we recommend:
- Try to schedule your appointment so that you can draft beforehand, and leave enough time following your session to revise. You’ll want to put into practice what you learned.
- Collect all the materials related to your project: hard copies of your draft, any assignment prompts or feedback you’ve gotten, the texts you’re reading, and sources you’re considering using.
- Take some time to read your writing before your session. Identify what feel like the strongest parts, and a few goals or areas that you’d most like to work on.
If you have specific questions about your professor’s assignment or expectations, ask! The more you can tell us about the goals for your writing, the better.
So that we can best serve all students, we also ask for your courtesy.
- Arrive on time. All appointments begin at the start of the hour (for example, at 11:00 sharp). After ten minutes (e.g., at 11:10), you risk losing your appointment to another student.
- Cancel your appointment if you can’t make it. You can do this yourself on the online scheduler, or give us a call (646.312.4012). If you miss an appointment without canceling it, your online scheduler account will be suspended and you won’t be able to make future appointments until we hear from you.