Welcome to Queen’s! As a first-year student, you probably have questions about university-level academic expectations and academic writing. We offer many resources to support you in your first year, including
- Academics 101, a series of online tutorials that cover the academic transition to university, from workload to exam prep (and everything in between).
- Our popular handouts help you write university essays and assignments; check out What Makes an “A” Paper, How to Develop a Thesis Statement, How to Avoid Plot Summary in an English Essay, and Conventions of Science Writing. See all of our available handouts here.
We also encourage all students, including first-years, to take advantage of our in-person services:
- workshops, including the popular ‘Making the Grade: The Transition from High School to University’
- appointments with a learning strategies advisor to design a customized plan for managing your academic goals and concerns
- course-specific, discipline-specific, and general writing workshops. The fall term workshop schedule will be posted here
- appointments with professional writing consultants. 50-minute and 25-minute appointments are available
- drop-in sessions with Peer Writing Assistants. These 25-minute consultations allow you to discuss writing issues with and ask questions of trained peers
- consultations with the EAL Program Coordinator, which focus on writing, speaking, listening, and reading skills.