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Writing Tutorials

Emma Sweeney, the writing tutor at NYU London provides one-to-one and small group writing related assistance, open to all students. Many students find that the courses in London involve rigorous writing requirements. These tutorials provide support with research, study, and writing skills. Students should feel free to ask for a critique of any piece of work; academic, creative, or professional.

Here is an overview of the Writing Tutor services (see below for more information)

Individual Appointments

  • Most Thursdays from 10:00am-2:00pm and 3:00pm-5:00pm, starting week 1 (see dates below)
  • Room 103A in 4/5 Bedford Square (off the first floor Student Lounge)
  • Sign up for an appointment online:
  • You will need to register on your first visit. Once registered, make sure to select the “Writing tutor” schedule.

PLEASE NOTE that if you require support for English as a Foreign Language, you should see our English for Academic Purposes tutors, Ben East and Nicky Wilcox. Tutorials with the EAP should be booked online: - please ensure you select the EAP (English Language Support) schedule. We will allow some students access to both these writing services only in exceptional circumstances.


Individual appointments

Six sessions per week are reserved for individual appointments with Emma Sweeney.

The Dates and times for Spring 2016 are as follows:

  • Thurs 4 Feb 10-2, 3-5; Thurs 11 Feb 10-2, 3-5; Thurs 18 Feb 10-2, 3-5; Thurs 25 Feb 10-2, 3-5; Thurs 3 March 10-2, 3-5; Thurs 10 March 10-2, 3-5; Thurs 17 March 10-2, 3-5; Thurs 14 April 10-2, 3-5; Thurs 21 April 10-2, 3-5; Thurs 28 April 2-5; Thurs 5 May 10-2, 3-5; Thurs 12 May 10-2, 3-5, Monday 16 May 10-2, 3-5.
  • Writing Services are approximately 40-45 minutes long. Try to schedule your appointment in advance of the due date for your paper so that you will have ample time to revise after the session.
  • You may schedule one appointment per week. You can book a tutorial up to two weeks in advance.
  • If you would like to attend with a friend, please indicate this on the online booking form and include their name.

If there isn’t an available convenient appointment, please use the online booking system’s waiting list. The system will automatically send you an email when an appointment becomes available.

Walk-in Appointments

All NYU in London students are eligible for walk-in sessions, even those who have already had an appointment. To find out whether a walk-in sessions is available, please come to the Writing Tutor's office (Room 103A, 4-5 Bedford Square) during her office hours.

If your class schedule conflicts with the writing tutorials

If you have class during all the Writing Tutor's office hours, please email the Academics office ( at least one week ahead of time to arrange a mutually convenient alternative appointment.


My Attendance and Cancellation Policies

Because the writing service is often busy, I have strict attendance and cancellation policies.
If you miss more than one scheduled appointment but forget to cancel it, you will not be allowed to visit the Writing Tutor again during the semester.
If you are more than ten minutes late for your appointment, you will lose your session to a student on the waiting list.

Getting the Most Out of Your Appointment

Key Tips

• If you are working on a draft, bring two copies of it, one for you and one for the writing tutor.
• If your writing concern is related to a particular assignment, bring the assignment instructions.
• If you want to discuss feedback you have received from a teacher, bring a copy of the comments.
• If you have notes, previous writing, a particular text, and/or research materials related to your draft, bring those items to the session. Prior to the session, reread your draft and your assignment to determine what particular question, concern, or issue you would like to take up during the session.

What you can expect


Emma will ask for your input at the start of every session. This gives you a chance to help set the agenda for the session. During your session, you will think, write, and talk about the writing that is on the page and the writing that isn’t yet there. Emma will prompt you to think actively, to compose new writing, and to discuss your thoughts about your paper and your writing process. Emma’s aims are two-fold: to help you with your concerns about the paper at hand and to suggest to you something new about the craft of writing, both of which you can take with you.


The Bottom Line

Emma Sweeney is a writing consultant, not a proof-reader, editor, ghost writer, or grader of your paper.
1. You should not expect the writing tutor to read through your paper and fix it. She will not correct your paper for you. She will make suggestions about style as she comes to understand your meaning. In cases where she think sentence structure needs review, Emma will address specific rules with you.
2. Emma will not tell you what your idea is or how to read a particular piece of evidence. She will prompt you to rethink and complicate your idea, and she will help you to develop ways to clarify, deepen, and refine your readings of evidence.
3. Emma will not assess the validity of a grade you have received. Students who use the writing service should be reasonably fluent in English. If the writing tutor determines that your fluency falls below her level of expertise, she may direct you to a more appropriate source for further assistance.


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Upcoming Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Priority: February 15

Regular: March 15

Applications received after March 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Admission will be granted only when space is available and time allows for required travel documents to be attained.

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