Graduate Students

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SASS  workshops that specifically address graduate students needs are run through the School of Graduate Studies’ Expanding Horizons workshops series. Information on the six suites of workshops is available here.

If you are in the writing stage of your graduate degree, consider signing up for Dissertation Boot Camp. Student Academic Success Services collaborates with the School of Graduate Studies to offer Dissertation Boot Camp to graduate students in the process of writing the thesis. It offers a comfortable, focused space for uncluttered thinking and writing.

Check out our Learning and Writing Resources section for online resources to help you

  • manage your time in graduate school
  • cope with academic stress
  • think critically about what you’re reading
  • develop presentation skills and address presentation anxiety
  • increase your motivation

Graduate students are entitled to six writing consultations over the course of the Fall-Winter terms and six during the Spring-Summer term (for a total of 12 appointments in a given 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; most have graduate degrees and several have doctoral degrees themselves.bootcampers2012

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 Second Language Support

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

Referencing and E-Thesis Support

Writing Centre consultants are generalists and do not answer detailed referencing questions in specific disciplines. While the Centre 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.

Useful Handouts

Check our handouts page for useful resources such as The Annotated Bibliography.” If you don’t find what you are looking for, be sure to contact us.


Want to enhance your professional and research skills? Be sure to explore the modules available at, a resource for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Courses are categorized under five themes: Career Development, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Research, and Teaching & Learning. was created by the Ontario Consortium for Graduate Professional Skills Training Development in a unique collaboration funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities, through their Productivity and Innovation Fund (PIF).  The Consortium comprised McMaster University, Queen’s University, the University of Guelph, the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and Western University.