Academic Writing ProgramWaseda University

About the Writing Center

Using the Writing Center

Paper/Writing We Advise

At the Writing Center we deal with the following types of papers (please note that we do not specialize in particular subjects):

  • Term papers
  • Language class essay assignments
  • Presentation scripts and slides
  • Graduation theses
  • Master’s theses
  • Ph.D theses
  • Articles for publication
  • Research proposals
  • Essays for language tests

* We do not deal with materials related to job hunting. For these matters, please consult with the Career Center.

Charge

Free.

* (online sessions) The writer is responsible for any device used during the session, such as microphone, camera, internet connection etc.

Session types

Writers are free to choose their reservation time and session type.

1 EE To discuss a paper written in English while speaking in English
2 EJ To discuss a paper written in English while speaking in Japanese
3 JJ To discuss a paper written in Japanese while speaking in Japanese
4 JS To discuss a paper written in Japanese while speaking in Japanese with a specialist in Japanese grammar
(For international students and beginners of Japanese)
5 CW To discuss a creative writing paper written in English while speaking in English
(We do not deal with creative writing papers written for commercial purposes)

Opening hours

Opening hours

Tuesday through Friday during term time.
Tuesday & Thursday – face-to-face sessions / Wednesday & Friday – online sessions

Session times(Each session is 45 minutes.)

Face-to-face sessions (Tue & Thu)

Class period Session time
2nd Period 10:40 – 11:25
11:25 – 12:10
Lunch 12:15 – 13:00
3rd Period 13:00 – 13:45
13:45 – 14:30
4th Period 14:45 – 15:30
15:30 – 16:15
5th Period 16:30 – 17:15

Online sessions (Wed & Fri)

Class period Session time
2nd Period 10:40 – 11:25
Lunch 12:15 – 13:00
3rd Period 13:45 – 14:30
4th Period 15:30 – 16:15
  • Please note: on Monday, there will be no sessions.
  • (online sessions) The session will start at the time shown on the table. In order to make the best use of the session time, please check your internet connection etc. and prepare everything necessary in advance.

Location

  • Waseda Campus, Building 3, 2F(map
  • Online sessions will be held through Blackboard Collaborate (part of Waseda Moodle)

How to book a session (online or face-to-face)

Both online and face-to-face sessions can be booked in advance through the web.
The booking process is different depending on the type of session.

For online sessions
Online sessions can be booked in advance through the web. The booking process is divided in two different and essential parts.
To learn how to book an online session, check the section “① Choose the desired session through MyWaseda (Step 01 ~ Step 11) “, then the section “② Online Session: Fill in the Reception Form with the necessary data (Step 12~Step 14)”, then the section “From Online Reservation to Having an Online Session.”

For Face-to-Face Sessions
Face-to-face sessions can be booked in advance through the web. The booking process is divided in two different and essential parts.
To learn how to book an online session, check the section “① Choose the desired session through MyWaseda (Step 01 ~ Step 11) “, then the section  “③ Face-to-face Session: Fill in the Reception Form with the necessary data (Step 15~ Step 17), then the section “From Online Reservation to Having a Face-to-Face Session.”

You can find a step-by-step explanation here below.

① Choose the desired session through MyWaseda (Step 01 ~ Step 11)

Choose the desired session date. The system is the same for both types of session.

Step 01
Access MyWaseda.
Step 02
Input your Waseda Log-in ID and password.
※We cannot allow those who do not have a Waseda University Log-in ID to use our services.
Step 03
This is the page you will see if you successfully log-in to MyWaseda.
Click “Classes” on the menu on the top (if you’re a faculty member etc. and do not see the “Schedule Tutoring Sessions” under the “Classes” tab, please choose “Research” instead).
Step 04
A pull-down menu will open after you click “Class Related”.
Click “Session Reservation” from the pull-down menu.
Step 05
The “Session Reservation” page will open.
Step 06
From the “choice of department (school)” pull down menu, click Waseda University Writing Center.
Step 07
In the “Choice of Subject” field, choose the desired type of session from the drop-down menu.
For Online Sessions: please choose “Online Session”. Please ignore the “(Old) Online Session” field.
For Face-to-Face sessions: please choose “Waseda Campus, Bldg.3”.
Step 08
Choose a session category from the “choice of field” pull-down menu at the bottom of the screen.
Step 09
The reservation board details will be shown.
Step 10
Click the time slot of the session which is available for reservation on the day you desire. When you have successfully clicked on the chosen slot, the time and date you desire will change to ●.
Step 11
The phrase “The session has been reserved,” will appear on the upper left hand part of the page.
Confirm again that the time and date are that of the reservation you chose.
Please note: your reservation is not complete yet.
Cancelling a reservation for a session
Cancelling  in advance (Cancelling through MyWaseda)
Please login to MyWaseda in the same way you would to choose a session. Then access the “Reservation Situation” page. When you click the ● of the time slot of your desired session from the summary of this page, the reservation will be cancelled and the message “The reservation has been cancelled” will appear on the screen. Confirm that the ● for your reservation time has become a ○.
You can cancel through MyWaseda until 24 hours before the session.Cancelling a reservation later than 24 hours before the session
If you want to cancel a session after the 24 hours mark has passed, please contact the e-mail address indicated in the ‘Reception Form’. For online sessions, also make sure to contact the same address if you cannot have a session due to connection issues etc.

② Online Session: Fill in the Reception Form with the necessary data (Step 12~Step 14)

After choosing the desired session, you will receive an automated e-mail from the Writing Center with a link to the Reception Form.
Please fill the form with the necessary data. You will be able to submit your paper/materials through the Reception Form until 9AM of the day of the session.

If you cannot submit by that time, please send the Reception Form without the paper/materials. On the evening of the day before the session, we will send you instructions on how to submit the paper/materials.

You can also use the Reception Form to send a new version of the same paper/materials, or additional materials. Please follow the instructions on the Form.

Step 12
 Click on the link you received in the e-mail and access the page.
Step 13
Click on the “Submit” button in the page.
Step 14
Please input the necessary data in the form and click “Save” at the end of the page, then click “Yes” to confirm.
※ The online session booking is finalized with the Reception Form. You will receive a link to the online session room via e-mail, 1 hour before the session starting time.

③ Face-to-face Session: Fill in the Reception Form with the necessary data (Step 15~Step 17)

After choosing the desired session, you will receive an automated e-mail from the Writing Center with a link to the Reception Form.
Please fill the form with the necessary data. You will be able to submit your paper/material through the Reception Form until 9AM of the day of the session.

Please submit the paper/materials in advance, as this will help optimize time and ensure a smooth session. If you do not submit the paper/materials through the form, please send the Reception Form without the paper/materials. However, make sure to come to the Writing Center with a printed copy.

You can also use the Reception Form to send a new version of the same paper/materials, or additional materials. Please follow the instructions on the Form.

Step 15
 Click on the link you received in the e-mail and access the page.
Step 16
Click on the “Submit” button in the page.
Step 17
Please input the necessary data in the form and click “Save” at the end of the page, then click “Yes” to confirm.
※ The face-to-face session booking is finalized with the Reception Form. Please come to the Center at the selected date and time (make sure to wear a mask).

From Online Reservation to Having an Online Session

Step 01. ‘ I want to use the Writing Center’
  • Submitting writing for a class.
  • Preparing a graduation or M.A. thesis.

Checkpoint
You can use the Center even if you have not written anything and are just at the brainstorming stage!

Step 02. Online reservation
Click here for online reservations from MyWaseda. Check “① Choose the desired session through MyWaseda (Step 01 ~ Step 11) ” and “② Online Session: Fill in the Reception Form with the necessary data (Step 12~Step 14)” above for details on how to book an online session.

For online sessions, you will receive a link to the online session room via e-mail before the session starting time. 5 minutes before the starting time of the session, click on this link to access the session room and have the online session.

Step 03. Enter the online session room using the link in the e-mail
 The session will start at the time shown on the table.
In order to make the best use of the session time, please check your internet connection etc. and prepare everything necessary in advance.
Step 04. Having the online session
One session is 45 minutes. Click here for details on a session.
Step 05. Filling the evaluation form
After the session has ended, please fill out the evaluation form. The link will be in the e-mail you received earlier.

 Please click on the “Submit” button on the page.

 

 After filling the form, click on the button “Save” at the end of the page. The session has now ended.

From Online Reservation to Having a Face-to-face session

Step 01. ‘ I want to use the Writing Center’
  • Submitting writing for a class.
  • Preparing a graduation or M.A. thesis.

Checkpoint
You can use the Center even if you have not written anything and are just at the brainstorming stage!

Step 02. Online reservations
Click here for online reservations from the MyWaseda. Check “① Choose the desired session through MyWaseda (Step 01 ~ Step 11) ” and “③ Face-to-face Session: Fill in the Reception Form with the necessary data (Step 15~ Step 17)” above for details on how to book a face-to-face session.

Checkpoint
We do not take reservations by telephone.

Step 03. Going to the Center at your reserved time
We recommend you come to the Center 5 minutes before your session starts. The Center staff will greet you when you arrive.
We kindly ask you to wear a mask when you come to the Writing Center and to disinfect your hands at the entrance. Your temperature might also be taken.
If you’re feeling unwell and/or if you have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat etc. , please refrain from coming to the Center. See the section “Absences/Cancelling a reservations” for instructions on how to cancel your session.
Step 04. At the Writing Center reception
If you have not uploaded your paper/materials through the Reception Form, please make sure to bring a printed version of it.
Step 05. Meeting the tutor
The reception staff will introduce you to the tutor and the session will begin.
Step 06. Having a session
One session is 45 minutes. Click here for details on a session.
Step 07. The end of the session
Please fill out an evaluation of the session after it ends and before leaving the Center.

Absences / Cancelling a reservation

If you make no contact via e-mail and you miss the session or you are late for more than 15 minutes from the session starting time, we will consider the session as a ‘no show’. Please note that if you do not show up without notice for more than three times in a semester, you will be unable to take any sessions at the Writing Center for that semester. Other writers will not be able to take a session in the time slot you reserved, so please use the service responsibly.

If you encounter connection problems etc. during online sessions, please make sure to contact the Writing Center. In addition, we kindly ask you to refrain from coming to the Writing Center for face-to-face sessions if you have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat etc.: if you’re feeling unwell, please cancel your session.

Cancelling in advance (Cancelling through MyWaseda)

Please login to MyWaseda in the same way you would to choose a session. Then access the “Reservation Situation” page. When you click the ● of the time slot of your desired session from the summary of this page, the reservation will be cancelled and the message “The reservation has been cancelled” will appear on the screen. Confirm that the ● for your reservation time has become a ○.
You can cancel through MyWaseda until 24 hours before the session.

Cancelling a reservation later than 24 hours before the session

If you want to cancel a session after the 24 hours mark has passed, please contact the e-mail address indicated in the ‘Reception Form’. In addition, please make sure to contact the same address if you cannot have a session due to connection issues etc

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