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WLS writing coaches provide writing support to all Duke Kunshan students, staff, and faculty. Our writing coaches come from different academic backgrounds and are familiar with a variety of writing styles and formats. Although our writing coaches are not editors, they can help with any stage of the writing process, from initial brainstorming, to structural revisions, to putting finishing touches on a final draft.
How to prepare for your writing coaching sessions
We are happy to help you wherever you are in your writing process. Keep in mind that our coaching sessions are more productive when you have specific goals that you are working towards. Please think carefully about what you want to work on and select from the items on the appointment form. You may add more specific information or questions about your goals, needs, or issues to the appointment form for your coach to see before your session.
Important guidelines for writing coaching
Our goal is to help you develop the skills you need to examine and improve your own writing. Therefore, we do not provide editing or proofreading services. We also ask that you not make an appointment to talk about a writing assignment just before the assignment is due. Writing is a process that takes time, and you will need time after a coaching session to reflect on the things you discussed with your coach and to revise your writing. Therefore, it is best to meet with a writing coach at least a day before your assignment is due.
How to make an appointment
To make an appointment, please visit our online scheduling system.
This quick tutorial will help you schedule an appointment online:
- Log into the system with your NetID and password. If you do not have a NetID, please contact us at DKU_WLS@dukekunshan.edu.cn;
- If you haven’t registered an account with the WLS yet, you will need to fill out the registration form to complete registration;
- Select coach type from the box at the top of the page:
- Time blocks in different colors show the availability of our coaches: White blocks are available time slots, blue blocks are booked time slots, and black blocks are unavailable time slots. Each block represents 15 minutes. Appointments can only start at :00 and :30.
- Click on a white time slot for the time at which you want to meet with that coach.
- When you click on a white time slot for a specific coach, you can view that coach’s bio in the appointment window.
- Fill in the form, and save the appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I sign up for a coaching session?
There are two ways to sign up for a coaching session: (1) through our online scheduling system, or (2) in person at the WLS Office in CC 1068.
What kinds of sessions can I sign up for?
You can sign up for writing coaching or for language coaching in Mandarin Chinese, English, or another language listed in the online scheduling system. Language coaching sessions could focus on, for example, speaking and listening, presentation skills, pronunciation, reading, vocabulary, and/or grammar. For languages that are not listed in the system, you are welcome to sign up for an “Other Languages” coaching session, in which the coach can provide general guidance on learning plans, goals, and strategies for a language that they may not have expertise in.
How long are the coaching sessions?
You may sign up for a 30-minute or a 45-minute coaching session. All coaching sessions include time at the end of the session to review and summarize the work that was done. For example, a 30-minute session includes a maximum of 25 minutes for coaching, with 5 minutes for the coach to complete a session summary with the learner.
When can I sign up for appointments?
You can make appointments up to 14 days in advance.
How often can I have coaching sessions?
At this time, you may sign up for one coaching session per day.
What should I prepare before my coaching session?
Our coaching sessions are more productive when you have specific goals that you are working towards. If you haven’t set any goals, we can help you do so. The appointment form will also guide you towards identifying one or more goals for your session. For writing coaching sessions, we are happy to help you wherever you are in your writing process. First-time users of the WLS for language coaching (not English writing) should ideally have an initial consultation with the WLS Coordinator before signing up for a session.
Do I need to have an appointment? Can I walk in if a coach is shown as available on WCONLINE?
If you weren’t able to make an appointment in advance but would still like to meet with a coach, you may be able to have a walk-in session, depending on coach availability. Please view the coaching schedule for that day on WCONLINE and go directly to an available coach’s location (specified on the appointment webpage) at a time the coach is shown as available. You may also see the WLS Coordinator, Shuhan Li, in CC 1068. She will direct you to an available coach. Walk-in appointments are available on a first come, first served basis.
Can I get help on a class assignment in a coaching session?
If you have questions about or need help understanding a class assignment, the first thing you should do is talk to your professor. If you need additional help on a class assignment, you may bring the assignment to a coaching session. Coaches will provide you guidance on the skills you need to complete the assignment, or feedback on presentations, but they will not complete, edit, check, or proofread assignments for you. If you would like a coach to help you with a writing assignment, please schedule an appointment at least four hours before the assignment is due so that you have enough time to work on the writing after the coaching session; it’s best to schedule your writing appointment at least a day before the writing assignment is due.
Can the writing coaches proofread/edit my essay?
We are happy to answer specific questions about an essay that you are working on. However, we do not provide editing or proofreading services. Our goal is to help you develop the skills you need to examine and improve your own writing.
I need to show my professor that I attended a coaching session. What can I do?
At the end of your coaching session, your coach will work with you to write a brief summary of your session. This summary will be emailed to you, and you may share it with your professor if you want to.