Supporting Your Students

Mentoring NYU Abu Dhabi students for academic success involves guiding them in thoughtful academic planning, decision making, and goal setting. A powerful place to start is by asking your students: “What is your learning strategy for thriving in this course?” This will prompt students to actually identify their tools for success and where the support is available to do meet their goals.

3 Ways to Support Students in Your Class

Library for Learning

The NYU Abu Dhabi Library provides resources and technologies needed for research and teaching and an extensive range of physical and electronic resources for the NYUAD community.

Writing Center

The Writing Center is a resource for students to gain 1-to-1 support, and it is also through the Writing Center that workshops are administered for Core Curriculum classes at the request of faculty. Instructors are activated via consultation with faculty, they help design a bespoke writing workshop for the class, and then invite students to follow up with visits to the Writing Center.

The Writing Program's Directors offer 1-to-1 faculty consultation regarding the teaching of writing across the curriculum. The Directors can help with syllabus design, the development of writing prompts, and conversations about commenting on papers. The Directors also collaborate on faculty development workshops for the faculty in the core. Contact Marion Wrenn or Ken Nielsen if you would like to set up a consultation.

Visit these two sources for detailed guidance on how to teach writing:


John C. Bean, Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom, Second Edition, Jossey-Bass 2011. 

“Learn to design interest-provoking writing and critical thinking activities and incorporate them into your courses in a way that encourages inquiry, exploration, discussion, and debate, with Engaging Ideas, a practical nuts-and-bolts guide for teachers from any discipline. Integrating critical thinking with writing-across-the-curriculum approaches, the book shows how teachers from any discipline can incorporate these activities into their courses.” Kerry Walk, Teaching with Writing.

Learning Accommodation Support

NYU is committed to providing equal educational opportunity and participation for students of all abilities. The Moses Center for Student Accessibility works with NYU students (across all sites) to determine appropriate and reasonable accommodations that support equal access to a world-class education. Students can submit an online application for academic accommodations directly with the Moses Center. Faculty will be informed via a letter from the Moses Center if any of their students require accommodations.

For the administration of academic accommodations during this period of online learning, please contact Aisha al Naqbi, the Moses Center liaison at NYUAD.

Health and Wellness Support for Students

Located on the ground floor of C2 building, the Health Center provides medical, counseling and dietitian services to NYUAD students. The Health Center deploys a best practices model of healthcare for our global student body in consideration of their unique needs, available resources, and regional laws. Contact Dr. Ayaz Virji, Medical Director or the Health Center for student appointments.

Students also have access to a number of wellness initiatives facilitated by Wellness at NYUAD. They aim to provide a nurturing, challenging and supportive environment for students to develop physically, emotionally, personally and socially as part of their wellness journey. Programs include an array of fitness, athletics, wellness, and well-being workshops.

Fast Facts

Discover more about the make up of the student body and faculty at NYUAD.