TAKING ADVANTAGE OF RESOURCES AT WAGNER
Wagner’s International Student Workshops are designed to help Wagner students from outside of the U.S. acclimate to NYU and to New York City. Each workshop focuses on a different facet of adapting to U.S. and New York culture, offering information but also encouraging interactive discussion among students. Workshops will take place throughout the first couple of weeks in the fall and continue throughout the year.
The ability to write clearly and concisely is a critical skill for all successful public service professionals. NYU and Wagner provide several resources to support students who want to improve their writing skills.
Wagner's Professional Writing Workshop (NONCR-GP 907)
Wagner offers non-credit writing workshops in the spring and fall semesters. This workshop meets several times mid-semester and covers the basic principles of professional writing as well as a review of stylistic aspects of writing, such as writing concisely and clearly, avoiding clichés and redundancy, varying word choice, and outlining and organizing ideas. The scheduling of the workshop is designed to coincide with writing assignments in the school-wide core courses (CORE-GP 1020 Management and Leadership and CORE-GP 1022 Introduction to Public Policy). Students bring in papers they are writing and are guided through the editing process. Check Albert for dates and times as well as to register for NONCR-GP 907, Professional Writing.
This 0-credit workshop will drill down on fundamentals of written English. We will cover punctuation, articles, passive/active voice, how and when to cite others’ work and best practices for self editing. Our focus will be on memos, but the lessons will be applicable to all written communications deliverables. Using short in class assignments and a memo you could possibly use in another class, the course is geared toward Wagner students who want to improve sentence mechanics. Check Albert for dates and times as well as to register for NONCR-GP 904. Grammar Fundamentals
Becoming a Better Writer: A Crash Course
This crash course is geared toward writers at all skill and comfort levels. In short interactive modules we will cover: 1) habits, strategies, and practices that will make you smarter and your writing more effective; 2) how to write memos: the most common assignments at Wagner; and 3) how to keep getting smarter and improving your writing after this crash course. Find more information about this lecture in the Wagner Writing Center folder in NYU Classes.
Wagner Writing Tutor
NYU Wagner provides writing tutors free of charge to assist students—in person or online—with their writing assignments. Beyond a general expertise in writing skills, NYU Wagner Writing Tutors specialize in public policy-specific formats and can assist students at any point in their writing process—from initial concept brainstorming and mid-paper writer’s block, to first draft clarity and coherence checks and final draft line edits. Email appointments are a fantastic way to get extensive feedback on a deep read of your paper. In-person and video chat appointments are best used as a way to talk through a writing block, an organizational issue or something else.
To learn more about Wagner's writing tutors and to make an appointment, visit the Wagner Writing Center folder in your NYU Classes.
International Student Writing Workshop
Part of our workshop offerings for international students include a specific International Student Writing Workshop. Keep an eye out for an email in February for updated information on when and where this workshop will take place.
Using the NYU Library to Research and Write a Paper
NYU's main library, the Bobst Library is used by Wagner students. Bobst offers an international student guide, along with access to a Librarian for International Students to help with additional information and questions you may have around the Bobst Library. To learn more about doing research at the library in general, visit the NYU Libraries Graduate Student Services page.
Regardless of the specialization you choose, three of the core courses you will be required to take will involve quantitative skills. The following opportunities exist for Wagner students to brush up on their math skills:
Online Math Refresher (ALEKS)
Wagner will send you information about an online math refresher (ALEKS) after you participate in a First Advisement Webinar. We encourage you to review these materials to determine how much review you may need to do before classes begin.
Math Review (NONCR-GP 906)
Math Review (NONCR-GP 906) focuses on math skills that are essential to statistics, microeconomics, and financial management. This noncredit workshop will offer you an opportunity to ask questions in a classroom setting and will contextualize the quantitative review by giving examples of how the material will appear in your core courses.
Every semester, Wagner provides tutors in microeconomics, statistics, and financial management at no charge to students. Tutoring hours and locations are posted on the Quantitative Support page.
Giving presentations in class, at events, and in Capstone are a large part of the Wagner experience. The following opportunities allow you to become more comfortable with public speaking:
Public Speaking Masterclass: the Art and Science of Ideas
Communicating ideas effectively, in a way that is both compelling and memorable, is hard. In this workshop, facilitated by Ashley Kolaya, the lead curriculum designer for TED's official public speaking course, TED Masterclass, you will learn the foundational principles of effective communication and idea development. Check Albert for dates and times as well as to register for NONCR-GP 112 Public Speaking Masterclass: the Art and Science of Ideas.
English Speaking Practice
NYU’s Office of Student Affairs offers English Conversation Hours to develop confidence in informal conversation and discuss common American idioms. You can sign-up to receive their weekly program emails.