Campus secrets for ArtScis: Academic resources on campus that you may not know about
By Joyce Leung, 2nd-year Concurrent Education student
Make sure you are aware of all the academic resources you have access to. Here are some of the resources that I have found helpful!
If you’re in Arts and Science, there are friendly, professional academic advisors located in Dunning Hall who can help with degree plans or regulations, academic appeals, or course selection process to name a few. You can book an appointment via phone call (613) 533-2470 with Office Hours: Mon-Fri from 8:30am to noon and 1:00-4:30pm.
In fact, all faculties and schools have some kind of academic advising available to you. If you’re in Engineering, Commerce, Computing, or any other faculty or school on campus, contact your faculty or department (often someone known as an “Undergraduate Chair” or “Undergraduate Coordinator”) for advising options specific to your plan.
Also located in Dunning Hall are volunteers who you can help answer questions related to degree options in Arts and Science, based on their own experiences and training. They’re more informal and can provide insight from a student’s perspective.
Unsure about academic disciplines and regulations? Come by the lower John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) room 26 to ask the volunteers about your concerns. They’re students as well who have been trained to help with these issues and can answer questions and guide you to the right resources.
Learning and writing resources
1. Student Academic Success Services: Writing Centre
Anytime you need someone to look over your writing (i.e. assignment, essay, proposal, etc.) for organization, structure, brainstorming, or feedback – the Writing Centre located at the back of Stauffer Library provides free appointments with either Peer Writing Assistants or Professional Writing Consultant.
Sometimes the Writing Centre can get busy toward the end of term, but often there are cancellations or last-minute available appointments — it’s always worth giving them a call to see what’s available.
2. Student Academic Success Services: Learning Strategies
A group of student volunteers located in Stauffer Library provide study skills coaching, general and subject-specific workshops/tip sheets and workshops to enhance the techniques for more effective studying and learning based on research and proven methods. You can also book an appointment with a Professional Learning Strategies Advisor or send an email if you have any questions at askaPLA@gmail.com.
3. List of Tutoring Services
They range from a variety of different disciplines provided by students.
If you have trouble finding the right person/place to answer your questions about research or discipline-specific material (i.e. essay, word problems, etc.) this guide can help. Applicable for all the areas of studies and faculties at Queen’s!
It includes a variety of:
- Help desks specific to subjects & Subject-specific Workshops
- Tutoring services
- Research Guidelines & Resource locations
- Subject-specialized Librarians to help with research
- Tips and advice for essays/quantitative problems
Other helpful academic resources at Queen’s:
- Academic Calendar for faculties and all of Queen’s – with important dates, such as when courses can be dropped with and without academic/financial penalty
- Academic Degree Program Plans – includes list of mandatory courses required for degree completion
- Academic Appeal Process – the next step to take if you feel as that your penalty or grade requires a reconsideration
- ExamBank – helpful for exam preparations to get a feel for the length and potential questions and take note if it’s your current instructor who made the exam material
- ca – (coming soon!) a site that will have a list of professor teacher’s uSATS and syllabi for their courses
- Queen’s Learning Commons (QLC) – a branch of Queen’s library they includes other resources:
This resource list is geared toward Arts and Science students, but if you’re in another faculty, send us an email and we can find faculty-specific resources for you, too. Good luck this term!
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