About Us

A department of Student Affairs and an integral partner in the Queen’s Learning Commons, Student Academic Success Services (SASS) provides essential academic support to students transitioning into, through, and eventually out of university into the workplace or on to further study.  The department’s programs and services are designed to enhance students’ capacity to fulfill their learning goals and academic potential at Queen’s.

The Writing Centre is dedicated to enhancing the quality of  academic writing at Queen’s, at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

At the Centre, writing experts of various backgrounds and perspectives come together with students of equally diverse backgrounds  and perspectives to tackle the expectations and challenges of writing at university.  Because people learn in different ways,  the Writing Centre offers a range of  instruction: large group, small group, one-to-one, general, and discipline-specific. The transferability of critical thinking and writing strategies plays out in tutorials, workshops, and seminars, with clear, purposeful communication as the achievable goal.

Staff at the Writing  Centre are committed to creating a dynamic, collaborative learning environment  emphasizing good writing as a fundamental communication tool of the university.

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SASS will offer students opportunities to

    • identify, access, and use, according to their needs,
        • one-to-one advising sessions with Learning Strategies Advisors
        • one-to-one writing consultations with Writing Consultants, including specialized consultations for ESL and International students
        • learning and writing skills workshops and specialized programs
        • peer learning and writing support
        • handouts and other materials on the SASS website

      in order to become more self-reliant, confident, and proficient in their learning, studying, and writing;

    • collaboratively discuss strategies and techniques in order to develop their skills in critical thinking, reading, learning, studying, effective writing and communication, and academic self-management; and
  • clarify and define their own learning and writing goals in order to modify and apply strategies to achieve them.

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  • identify critical thinking and rhetorical strategies for generating, refining, supporting, and applying ideas, arguments, and information in order to communicate them for specific purposes to a range of audiences.
  • practice and implement strategies for logically organizing information and/or arguments in order to achieve coherence and rhetorical effectiveness.
  • identify both strengths and areas for improvement in their writing in order to effectively revise their own work for clarity and accuracy.
  • familiarize themselves with conventions and requirements of university and disciplinary writing in order to produce scholarly and stylistically appropriate assignments.
  • recognize how to acknowledge in their writing ideas and information from sources in order to use the work of others responsibly and in keeping with the principles of Academic Integrity.

Depending on specific programs, services, and resources used, students will

  • identify and express their own academic goals, strengths, and areas for improvement in order to enhance their capacity to fulfill their learning goals and academic potential.
  • assess and refine their academic skills in order to optimize their grades and their experience as students.
  • modify their study and learning habits in order to meet the academic expectations of each course.
  • identify strategies for developing positive personal work habits in order to take responsibility for their own learning and become confident, efficient learners.