Writing Center

Spring 2020 Update: the Writing Center is now holding online tutoring appointments. The sign-up process remains the same.

The NYIT Writing Center helps NYIT students with writing and reading assignments, generally those assigned in English classes, although anyone with a paper assignment from any NYIT class may come to the Writing Center for help.

To make an appointment
  1. In the NYIT website, sign into MyNYIT
  2. Click "Tutoring"
  3. Click "Make a Tutoring Appointment"
  4. Select "Tutoring"
  5. Select "Help with Writing"
  6. Select "General Help with Writing"
  7. Click "Next"
  8. For location, select "Writing Center (Faculty-led Tutoring) New York City" or "Writing Center (Faculty-led Tutoring) Long Island"
  9. To meet with a specific professor, select the name; otherwise, click "Next"
  10. Select a time that is convenient for you
  11. Briefly describe what you would like help with
  12. Click "Confirm Appointment"

Note: For online tutoring appointments, students should choose "Login to Online Tutoring" instead of "Make a Tutoring Appointment."

Walk-ins are welcome, but we cannot guarantee an appointment, unless you sign up in advance.

Here's what tutors in the Writing Center will help you do:

  • Read and understand your assignment
  • Understand the writing process, including brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising, and editing
  • Overcome writer's block and give you a solid start to your essay
  • Plan your essay's focus, thesis, organization, examples
  • Practice invention techniques, such as brainstorming, clustering, free-writing and outlining
  • Sharpen your thesis or controlling idea
  • Learn to read aloud in order to help you "hear" prose style, rhythm, and clarity
  • Self-edit (i.e. read aloud, edit line by line). Note: the tutor will not "fix" your paper!!! This is your job!
  • Understand how to document sources correctly (per the style manual specified for the course)
  • Learn to read and answer final exam reading comprehension questions effectively
  • Enhance your reading comprehension
  • Understand basic grammar topics and implement them in your own writing

Here's what tutors WILL NOT do:

  • Write or re-write your paper
  • Edit, proofread, or correct your paper
  • "Find" all the errors of grammar or usage or word choice
  • Read and/or comment on your text extensively in writing
  • Interpret a faculty member's grade or second-guess the grading process for the course or the assignment
  • Make changes to the assignment as stated
  • Tutor for standardized non-NYIT tests, such as TOEFL, GRE, or CLEP
  • Work with non-academic writing, such as resumes and applications for grants, jobs or graduate school

Preparing for Your Session: Bring the assignment (don't forget the professor's directions) or a piece of writing to discuss with the tutor. Bring paper, pencil, and pen.

Cancelation Policy: When you make an appointment in the Writing Center, you MUST keep that appointment. If you cannot come, you are required to cancel your appointment 24 hours in advance. To cancel an appointment, select the appointment on your mynyit calendar and click "cancel appointment" in the lower left-side appointment screen. If you miss two appointments without providing 24 hours of advance notice, you will not be permitted to return to the Writing Center for the rest of the semester.

Spring Location and Hours

Long Island

Balding House, Room 100

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Location
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 1 – 2:30 p.m. Balding House, Room 100
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. 1 – 2:30 p.m. Wisser Library, CMC Room

New York City

16 W. 61st St., Room 609

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Prof. Laura Piscitello
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dr. Barrie Balter
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Prof. Laura Piscitello
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Prof. Diana Schoolman
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Dr. Barrie Balter
12 – 2 p.m.
Prof. Diana Schoolman
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Prof. Judith Prescott
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Prof. Debbie Horwitz
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Prof. Debbie Horwitz
7 – 9 p.m. (via Zoom)
Prof. Debbie Horwitz
7 – 9 p.m. (via Zoom)

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