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There are four ways to schedule a private consultation:

  • Schedule it online at
  • Email your request to
  • Call 212-678-3789
  • Stop by our office at 162 Thorndike

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.

Currently, we also offer online consulting sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9pm - 11pm for all TC students.  Schedule appointments online at

GWC Consultation Policy

As of Spring 2018

Scheduling an Appointment
  • Appointments are required for one-on-one consultations. One appointment per day, with a maximum of one appointment per week. The person making the appointment is expected to 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.
  • 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.
  • Writers must fill out a "Consultation Goals" slip BEFORE a consultation begins and share it with their Graduate Writing Advisor.
  • 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 immediately. 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.
  • 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 and 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 their appointment. 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 Coordinator.