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Graduate students

Students studying in Law Library

Graduate students have highly developed academic skills, but graduate school poses its own challenges that may prompt students to seek support. SASS can help! Many graduate students find our appointments, workshops, and resources practical and effective.

Workshops and Dissertation Boot Camp

Our graduate workshops are part of the School of Graduate Studies’ Expanding Horizons series. Information on these workshops is available here.

Consider signing up for Dissertation Boot Camp if you’re in the process of writing your thesis. SASS collaborates with the School of Graduate Studies to offer a comfortable, supportive, focused space for uncluttered thinking and writing.

Graduate Writing Lab (9:00am to 12:00pm on Mondays and Thursdays) offers graduate writing space, consultation, resources, and community, whether in-person in Stauffer’s Graduate Reading Room or online, when in-person services are not available. Bring your writing and work in a quiet, supportive atmosphere with a professional academic writing consultant right there to help if you’re feeling stuck. All graduate students are welcome!

Online resources

This thesis manager is a useful planning tool that can help you feel in control and manage your time in graduate school.

For writing support and strategies, see our graduate writing and graduate student writing groups modules.

Check out our Learning and Writing Resources section for help with

  • managing your time in graduate school
  • coping with academic stress
  • critical thinking and reading
  • developing presentation skills and addressing presentation anxiety
  • increasing your motivation and focus

Interested in learning more about communicating well with your supervisor, and enjoying a productive working relationship? Please see the resources provided by the Queen’s School of Graduate Students.

Writing and learning appointments

Many graduate students benefit from appointments with our learning strategists; we can talk with you about thesis completion, motivation, organization, managing time, and more.

Graduate students are entitled to ten writing consultations over the course of the Fall-Winter terms, and six during the Spring-Summer term, for a total of 16 appointments in a calendar year (note that you may not request to use appointments from the Spring-Summer allotment to increase the limit for the Fall-Winter terms, or vice versa).

Although it is unlikely that the individual writing consultants with whom you work will have specific knowledge of your subject matter, all Writing Centre consultants are familiar with the academic conventions of thesis and dissertation writing. Many of our writing consultants are experienced professional editors and writers; all have graduate degrees and several have doctoral degrees themselves. Some are faculty at Queen’s.

Once you begin to work with a consultant on a writing project, you may request further appointments with the same consultant to maintain continuity. Alternatively, you may wish to work with different consultants, as you may find you learn more through experiencing a variety of different consulting styles and approaches.

English as an Additional Language support

For graduate students whose first language is not English, Student Academic Success Services (SASS) offers a variety of resources including workshops, EAL handouts and books, and help with preparing for English proficiency tests (particularly for Engineering students). For more information, consult the EAL resources on this website. For specific help or guidance, contact SASS’s EAL program coordinator.

Referencing and e-thesis support

Writing Centre consultants are generalists and do not answer detailed referencing questions in specific disciplines. While SASS has general guides on hand for consultation, specialized queries should be directed to supervisors. For e-thesis support, consult the Queen’s Library’s page on how to format and submit theses and dissertations