Welcome, SOAR students and families!

Whether you attend SOAR in-person, or whether you’ve found our website from afar, Learning Strategies welcomes you to Queen’s University. We can’t wait to meet you! In fact, if you’re on Twitter, you should tweet us to say hello! (We’re also on Facebook.)

Here are our top four most useful resources about academic transition for Queen’s students and their families.

And remember that these are all FREE to Queen’s students!

1. Download our online resources for first-year students, including the popular “Academics 101” PDF document.

2. Bookmark our workshop schedule on your web browser. We offer interactive workshops during the fall and winter, including a great one entitled “Making the Grade: From High School to University.”  While you won’t be able to register until Orientation Week, it’s good to see what’s available before you arrive on campus.

3. Watch “Leveling Up: How to think smart at university,” a short video that explores different levels of thinking. Memory does not mean comprehension! Learn what level of thinking your professor expects and how you can study to meet that level.

4. If you’re a parent or family member, visit our Parents page to learn about how you can support your student while they’re at university and what other resources are available to you.

You can also learn more about Learning Strategies, our staff, our volunteers, and Student Academic Success Services as a whole.

Cha Gheill!

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Welcome, SOAR Students and Families!

Welcome to Queen’s and to the Writing Centre. One of our goals is to help you make the transition to university-level academic writing. We offer many resources to support you in your first year, including

  • course-specific, discipline-specific, and general writing workshops. The fall workshop schedule will be posted here (check back in September) and you can register for open workshops here (classroom workshops are available only to those registered in those courses). In particular, be sure to attend the popular “How to Write Your First University Essay,” offered twice early in the fall term, which focuses on the differences are between high school and university essays, strategies for effective thesis statements and essay structure, and tips on what your markers will look for in your papers. Or come out for “Effective Writing For First-Year Science Students” for help with writing lab reports.
  • 1:1 appointments with professional writing consultants; 50-minute and 25-minutes appointments are available. See here for how to book an appointment.
  • 1:1 sessions with Peer Writing Assistants. These 25-minute consultations allow you to discuss writing issues with and ask questions of trained peers. Read more about these sessions here.

At the Writing Centre, we work with writers at every stage in their development, from beginners to very proficient writers. Everyone can benefit from having someone read through a draft of an essay and offer suggestions for improvement.  Be sure to book your appointment early!