Writing Support Desk

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  • WSD reserved sessions will be held face-to-face and online. When making an appointment using the online reservation system, please select your preferred consultation format from face-to-face or online. Walk-In sessions will be held face-to-face.
  • All face-to-face sessions will be held at the WSD booth on the first floor of the Othmer Library.
  • WSD User Interview has been uploaded!

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  • To provide more support for the students writing their senior thesis, we hold "Senior Thesis Boost Week" from December 18 (Mon) to December 22 (Fri) and "Senior Thesis Writers Q and A Session" from January 22 (Mon) to January 26 (Fri). The services available for students are listed here.

WSD Schedule for Winter Term 2023

  • December 7 (Thu) - Reserved sessions start
  • December 14 (Thu) - Walk-in sessions start
  • March 7 (Thu) - Last day of Reserved and Walk-In Sessions

The office will be CLOSED on Saturdays & Sundays and for the following day:

  • December 25 (Mon) - January 8 (Mon)
  • February 2 (Fri)

What is Writing Support Desk (WSD)?

At the Writing Support Desk, all ICU undergraduate and graduate students can discuss anything related to your assignments or papers. Tutors can help you at all stages of your writing process. You do not have to have anything written down to use this service. Through the process of trying to explain what you have written to your tutor and trying to answer the questions that he/she poses to you, you will be able to organize your thoughts and discover ways to improve your writing.

Below are some of the things that can be covered in a WSD session:

Deciding on a topic, brainstorming, identifying research questions, developing and organizing your ideas and thoughts, structuring your paper, thinking of ways to improve your paper, searching the literature and using databases, citing sources, etc. *WSD tutors do not proofread or edit your work.

Am I eligible to use this service?

All ICU undergraduate and graduate students may use this service.

Document Type

We provide support for academic papers in any field at any stage of the writing process. Whether you're just starting with your ideas or have a draft in progress, please don't hesitate to contact us. If you have a document to attach (e.g., a writing piece, assignment guidelines, etc.), you can attach it when booking your appointment, and your tutor will review them during the 10-minute preparation time before the session.

We offer assistance with various types of documents, including:

  • Class reports
  • Writing assignments for language classes (ELA, JLP, etc.)
  • Graduation theses, master's theses, and doctoral dissertations
  • Research plans, including those for graduate school and scholarship applications
  • Personal statements of purpose for studying abroad
  • Other academic and research-related documents
  • Presentation slides

If you have other types of documents that require assistance, please feel free to discuss them during your session.

*Please note that we do not correct or revise sentences, nor do we provide proofreading services.
*For job-related documents such as entry sheets and resumes, please seek advice from the Placement Group.


  • Sessions are available in both English and Japanese.
  • Both works written in English and work written in Japanese can be discussed.

Session Type

  • Reserved Session (Face-to-face or Online)
    ・ Each session is 40 minutes in duration.
    ・ You can reserve up to a total of two sessions at a time. Sessions can be reserved up till 6 pm on the previous working day.
    ・ When making an appointment, please select your preferred consultation format from face-to-face and online.

  • Walk-In Session (Face-to-face only)
    ・ Walk-In sessions will be held on weekdays between 12:50 pm and 1:40 pm.
    ・ It is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and no appointment is necessary.

Useful Information


Center for Teaching and Learning (Writing Support)
Othmer Library 1F
Email: wsd@icu.ac.jp

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