Our Services

Walk-In Hours

Often, you may not need a full 30-minute or hour-long appointment. In cases where you have simple questions, want feedback on a very short piece, or just want to try out the GWC, our consultant will work with you for 15 minute sessions.

Online Consulting

The Graduate Writing Center now offers online tutoring for all current TC students. 


The GWC Write-Ins will take place during or before midterms and finals each semester, where you will find a quiet place to work on your Doctoral dissertation or Master's thesis alongside other TC writers. Refreshments provided; space is limited, registration required.

One-on-One Consultation Policy

There are four ways to schedule a private consultation:

Consultations are free for TC students. Graduate Writing Center consultants are current Teachers College or Columbia University graduate students and come from a variety of programs and backgrounds. Services are provided one-on-one on the Teachers College campus. We also offer online consulting sessions. 

Asynchronous Webinars & Other Resources

Can't make in in for one of our consultations? Missed our academic writing workshop for the semester? Have basic questions but do not know where to start? The GWC website is designed to help you out.

Our consultants have put together a series of asynchronous webinars to help walk you through some basic academic writing tips and tricks. If you're looking for a guide or checklist, we have also compiled a long list of resources to help you navigate differnent types of academic papers, writing styles, citations and many other helpful tools.

Check out our webinar page  and resources tab for more details.

Asynchronous Tutoring (occasional service)

The GWC is excited to pilot an asynchronous tutoring program for reading response papers. Asynchronous tutoring, also called e-tutoring, offers flexible support to help writers strengthen their work, while understanding the demands of busy schedules and virtual learning in different time zones. This is NOT a copyediting service. 
This is an asynchronous appointment for reading response papers. You may submit up to 5 pages per session. You will receive your reading response document with feedback to your TC email address 48 hours after your appointment time.

GWC Consultation Policy

As of Fall 2019

Scheduling an Appointment:
  • We do not offer proofreading, formatting, or editing services. Consultants can discuss ideas, structures, content revision, and general writing tips and concerns.
  • Appointments are required for one-on-one consultations. One appointment per day, with a maximum of one in-center OR one online appointment per week. The person making the appointment must be the person attending the consultation. 
  • Appointments can be scheduled up to two weeks in advance, and are made on a first-come, first-served basis. While online requests are the preferred method of making an appointment, writers may also call, email, or visit the Center. These scheduling guidelines are in place to provide students equal opportunity to access the GWC's services. Please note that appointment availability may vary during peak periods.
  • Appointments should be made at least 48 hours in advance. Appointment requests received via call or e-mail outside regular GWC hours will be processed the following business day.
  • Writers must complete an appointment form to confirm their appointment with a Graduate Writing Consultant. This includes Consultation Goal details on what writers plan to work on during sessions with consultants. 
  • Always bring a printed copy of your work. The Graduate Writing Center does not provide printing services. Writers may also bring their laptops to the consultation to take notes.
  • A consultation appointment can be 30 to 60 minutes. Each appointment consists of a 5 minute summary at the end.  Please plan on working on one text (no more than 6-10 pages) per session.   
  • Please note that we do not allow students to meet with a writing consultant who may also be your Teacher's Assistant (TA) or Professor. If you schedule an appointment with your TA or Professor, we will cancel your session. However, if the only available appointment is with your TA or Professor, please e-mail us directly including in the subject line "Appointment Scheduling - TA/Professor" and we will work with you to try to schedule an appointment for you.
  • Consultants can only work with students at the Center during scheduled apointments and open GWC hours. Please do not email your consultant directly. 
  • Students must only present their own work for consultation. If a student is working on a group paper, but the other members of the group are not present, consultants will only advise on the section of the paper written by the student who is present.
  • Students working on group projects are welcome to attend the center together. We ask that no more than 3 students attend as a group. Please note that the person whose name is on the schedule must be present for the appointment. 

Late Arrivals & Cancellations

  • Writers must arrive on time. If a student is more than 10 minutes late it will be considered a missed appointment. If a student contacts the Center to notify us that you are running late, we will hold your appointment for up to 15 minutes. 
  • Cancellation Policy: Writers may login in or call or email the GWC to cancel appointments. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance. If a writer has not canceled the appointment within this time frame, it will be considered a missed appointment. 
    • Writers who miss two appointments in a semester without 24-hour advance notice will no longer be able to reserve sessions in advance for the duration of that term. Walk-in appointments will still be available on an as-available basis. Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed by the Graduate Writing Center Administrator.
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