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
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.
Thesis Thursdays (12:00 to 4:00 p.m. weekly, JDUC rm 352) is a drop-in graduate writing space, a consultation, and a workshop all in one. 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. Sometimes a short, relevant workshop (e.g., applying for a Vanier, structuring your work, how to show your academic integrity, etc.) will be included as an opening activity. All graduate students are welcome!
This thesis manager is a useful planning tool that can help you feel in control and manage your time in graduate school.
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
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 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 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.
Would you to enhance your professional and research skills? Explore the modules available at MyGradSkills.ca, a resource for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Courses are categorized under five themes: Career Development, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Research, and Teaching & Learning.