Subject-specific academic resources

Student Academic Success Services provides support in learning and writing across disciplines, to all students. This list is intended to complement this broad-ranging support with academic resources more closely tied to specific subjects.

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This resource is also available as a PDF (last update: January 2019).

General Academic SupportFaculty of Arts and ScienceArts and Science: Departmental SupportFaculty of Engineering and Applied ScienceSmith School of Business (Commerce)School of NursingSchool of Kinesiology and Health Studies

General Academic Support

Student Academic Success Services

  • Student Academic Success Services (SASS) comprises Learning Strategies and the Writing Centre. This free and confidential service, located in Stauffer Library, offers workshops, one-on-one consultations, and practical online tips. SASS helps all students—struggling and high-achieving, 1st-year to PhD—improve their writing, learning, organization, and studying skills.
  • SASS also provides English as an Additional Language (EAL) students one-on-one support in academic language (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). To request an initial appointment, complete the online form.

GAELS Athletics Tutoring Program

  • Tutoring opportunities are available for all student-athletes enrolled at Queen’s University through Athletics & Recreation by contacting the Coordinator, Athlete Services. This service is FREE for all varsity-athletes who are included on the team eligibility certificate.
  • Tutors are available for most first-year courses. Upper-year course tutoring availability will depend on the course. Contact tutor@queensu.ca or the Athletics website for more information or to request a tutor.

QSuccess Mentors

  • This program offers first year students the opportunity to be matched with a knowledgeable upper year mentor who will provide one-on-one support throughout the academic year. First year students can register for Q Success
  • Upper year students who would like to request a mentor can apply for the Student Experience Office’s peer mentorship program.

Subject Liaison Librarians

Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)

  • The QUIC provides support for International Students in many ways. In addition to International Student Advising and lots of social activities, they provide a number of academic support services. They run an Academic English Writing Skills clinic and a weekly English Conversation Group, and host SASS workshops in academic skills. The Intercultural Awareness Certificate is also a great experience for all students looking to develop their intercultural skills. Check the QUIC Events Calendar for dates and times.

Faculty of Arts and Science

  • Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) peer tutoring is a student-organized service that partners student tutors with those looking for a tutor in a variety of Arts and Science courses. Tutoring fees are $15/hour and bursaries are available for students in financial need. Questions regarding tutoring can be directed to academics@asus.queensu.ca. Sign up here.
  • Bounce Back is an academic support program for first-year undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science who acquire a GPA below 1.6 after the fall term. Eligible students will receive an email in January inviting them to participate.
    • Students who opt into the program will be matched with a trained upper-year peer mentor called a Bounce Back Coach. Coaches will work individually with each participant to help them identify the source(s) of their academic challenges, set new goals, and identify strategies to achieve those goals over the course of the winter term.
    • The program runs for up to 12 weeks (January to April). More information can be found on the Student Experience Office website.
  • Peer Academic Support Services (PASS) is a volunteer service that eases the transition into university and promotes academic success. Peer Advisors address issues such as scheduling, plan requirements, SOLUS, and course selection in confidential, non-judgmental advising sessions. PASS is located on the First Floor of Dunning Hall and is available Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. No appointment necessary.

Arts and Science: Departmental Support

Biochemistry

  • Biochemistry Peer Assistance Program: A program where undergraduate students can get advice from upper year students who are currently in, and understand the demands of, the program here.
  • Peer tutoring services are subject to availability and can be requested through the department. Email lifesci@queensu.ca or biochem@queensu.ca, tell them for which course(s) you require a tutor, and they will send you a list of potential tutors. You and the tutor will discuss your needs and their payment.
  • Occasionally, the LifeSci/BCHM student council runs informal, drop-in academic support sessions.
  • Queen’s University Library research by subject (Life Sciences and Biochemistry)
  • Queen’s University subject librarians (Life Sciences and Biochemistry: Sandra and Sara)

Biology

Chemistry

  • Chemistry tutors (peer support)
  • Chemistry references
  • Queen’s University Library research by subject (Chemistry)
  • Queen’s University subject librarian (select “Chemistry” under Subject)

Classics

Computing

Drama and Music

  • Queen’s University Library research by subject (Drama | Music)
  • Queen’s University Library subject librarian (Drama and Music)

Economics

  • ECON 110/111/112 has a free help centre staffed by MA/PhD TAs, 4 days per week in DUN227. The schedule is posted on the Economics website and in the onQ pages for the courses. The room seats about 20 comfortably and often there are two TAs working. They are all trained to ‘teach’ the gaps or go over the potentially confusing aspects of the principles course.

English Language & Literature

Environmental Science/Studies

Film & Media Studies

French

Gender Studies

Geography

Geology

  • Geology Help Centre (first floor of Bruce Wing in Miller Hall); student-run peer support, based on availability of peer volunteers
  • Academic Advisor (Dr. Daniel Layton-Matthews)
  • Queen’s University Library research by subject (Geological Sciences)
  • Queen’s University subject librarian (Geological Sciences)

Global Development Studies

History

Jewish Studies

Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Arabic

Chinese

German

Hebrew

Italian

Japanese

  • Undergraduate Resources and Links
  • Queen’s University Library research by subject (Asian Studies)
  • Queen’s University subject librarian (Asian Studies)

Indigenous Studies

Linguistics

Portuguese

Spanish

Math and Statistics

Philosophy

  • Philosophy resources (dictionaries, encyclopedias, summaries, indexes, reviews, philosophical texts)
  • Queen’s University Library research by subject (Philosophy)
  • Queen’s University subject librarian (Philosophy)

Physics

Political Studies

Psychology

Sociology

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Smith School of Business (Commerce)

  • The Commerce Society (ComSoc) provides a peer-based service called BrainTrust. This service provides academic support, providing one-to-one tutoring and exam review sessions. For more information email tutor@gmail.com.
  • Bounce Back is an academic support program for first-year undergraduate students in the Smith School of Business (Commerce). Eligible students will be invited to participate via email. Students who opt into the program will be matched with a trained upper-year peer mentor called a Bounce Back Facilitator. Facilitators will work individually with each participant to help them identify the source(s) of their academic challenges and to set new goals and identify strategies to achieve those goals over the course of the winter term. The program runs from October to April of each year. More information can be found on the Student Experience Office website.
    • October eligibility: Students who have failed one or more midterm; students who are identified as academically at risk by their professor.
    • January eligibility: Students with an official GPA of 2.0 or below after the fall term and/or students who have failed one or more courses.
  • Queen’s University Library research by subject (Business)
  • Queen’s University subject librarian (Business)

School of Nursing

  • For information on tutoring services and TA support for Nursing courses, contact Barb Bolton, Undergraduate Academic Advisor (bolton@queensu.ca).
  • Bounce Back is an academic support program for first-year undergraduate students in the School of Nursing. Eligible students will be invited to participate via email. Students who opt into the program will be matched with a trained upper-year peer mentor called a Bounce Back Facilitator. Facilitators will work individually with each participant to help them identify the source(s) of their academic challenges and to set new goals and identify strategies to achieve those goals over the course of the winter term. The program runs from October to April of each year. More information can be found on the Student Experience Office website.
    • October eligibility: Students who have failed one or more midterm; students who are identified as academically at risk by their professor.
    • January eligibility: Students with an official GPA of 2.0 or below after the fall term and/or students who have failed one or more courses.
  • Queen’s University Library research by subject (Nursing)
  • Queen’s University subject librarian (Nursing)

School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

  • Queen’s University Library research by subject (Kinesiology & Health Studies)
  • Queen’s University subject librarian (select “Kinesiology” under Subject)
  • Bounce Back is an academic support program for first-year undergraduate students in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. Eligible students will be invited to participate via email. Students who opt into the program will be matched with a trained upper-year peer mentor called a Bounce Back Facilitator. Facilitators will work individually with each participant to help them identify the source(s) of their academic challenges and to set new goals and identify strategies to achieve those goals over the course of the winter term. The program runs from October to April of each year. More information can be found on the Student Experience Office website.
    • October eligibility: Students who have failed one or more midterm; students who are identified as academically at risk by their professor.
    • January eligibility: Students with an official GPA of 2.0 or below after the fall term and/or students who have failed one or more courses.