Our Ongoing Session Model
While The Center for Writing and Learning offers a number of open, one-time sessions each week, most sessions are ongoing: weekly one-hour sessions that allow Associates to take a long-term view of student development, and allow students and associates to build a constructive rapport. Ongoing sessions are in high demand—about 20% of Cooper’s students request them each year—so students are encouraged to sign up for them early. The Center usually operates with a waitlist.
The Student Leads
All Cooper students have a rare talent for thought—sometimes for very specific forms of thought. Associates work to help students harness the power of their particular way of thinking, their experience, and their identity, enabling them to connect their own knowledge to classroom material. And, in general, Associates don’t give students answers—and instead help them come to answers themselves.
A Focus on How
Cooper’s faculties decide what students should learn—the curriculum and content that make up students’ schedules. The Center is focused on how students learn. Associates give students the tools and strategies that help them develop as readers, writers, thinkers, and speakers.
The Center Is Not a Remedial Space
When a student needs remediation, the Center provides it, but works simultaneously to develop a student’s ability to read, write, and think at a high level. Associates aren’t here to fix papers or improve grades—but when students regularly attend the Center, their written work, and their grades, get better. The Center for Writing and Learning believes in the potential of Cooper students to do excellent work; the goal is always to help them build upon their strengths rather than to focus on their weaknesses.
An Inclusive and Anti-Racist Ethos
The Center for Writing and Learning's staff is committed to making all students feel welcome and to actively challenging forms of discrimination that stand in the way of justice for everyone in the Cooper community.
More Forms of Student Support
For more student resources, please see the Center for Writing and Learning's pages on StudentConnect.
The Center’s Major Awards Advisement Program—a collaboration with the Center for Career Development—recruits and advises student candidates for major awards and ensures that candidates get the support they need during the application process.
The Center hosts a number of programs designed to help students develop as scholars and creators, beyond the boundaries of their disciplines. Opportunities include a student lecture series, a literary magazine, and a creative writing group.
The Center for Writing and Learning
Foundation Building | Library
7 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003
Monday - Friday: 10 am to 6 pm