Advisors can help grad students transition to their program, acquire analytical skills and familiarity with new genres of reading and writing, manage workload, operate over extended timelines, and navigate interactions with faculty.
Graduate Student Advising and Learning Support
Academic Development Specialists
Graduate students can get academic support from our Academic Development Specialists. Areas of support include:
- implementation of short- and long-term time-management strategies
- navigation of the transition to grad school
- development of critical reading skills
Academic Development Specialist
Academic and cultural advising is available from the Academic Development Specialist for International students. Areas of support include
- time management strategies
- academic language development
- reading skills
- support in transitioning to the Canadian academic context
Graduate students can book two, 30-minute, one-on-one appointments per week with a writing tutor who's familiar with the challenges of graduate-level writing. Bring in your work-in-progress for individualized feedback.
Graduate Peer Coaching Program
The Graduate Peer Coaching program offers one-on-one sessions with trained graduate-student coaches who can help you with:
- Project managing your dissertation
- Writing process
- Implementing feedback
- Life balance
- and other skills that will help you succeed in graduate school
Graduate Writing Community - Main Campus
Tired of writing your thesis alone? Join us for the Graduate Writing Community (GWC), a mini-writing retreat held every Monday and Thursday afternoon from 1 – 4 p.m. in the TFDL. Here's what the GWC has to offer:
Reserve a half hour of one-on-one consultation with our drop-in tutor, or get help from our roaming tutor whenever the need arises.
Graduate Peer Coaching
A graduate peer coach will be available for advice on grad-school challenges like time and research management, motivation and supervisor relations. They’ve been there; they can help!
During the first half-hour of Monday’s sessions, you have the option of participating in a mini-seminar on researching, writing or defending your dissertation.
A Productive Environment
Draw on the collective energy of your fellow students as you motor towards completion! You bring your laptop; we’ll supply the coffee and snacks!
Graduate Writing Community - Foothills Campus
Tired of writing your thesis alone? Join us for the Graduate Writing Community (GWC), a mini-writing retreat held every second Friday from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Health Sciences Library, Room 1459. During the first half-hour, attend a presentation on researching, writing, editing, presenting, or defending your thesis or dissertation, then work on your own writing project for the rest of the session. A trained Grad Peer Coach will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about time management, motivation, supervisor relations, and other soft skills that are key to graduate-school success. They’ve been there; they can help! Draw on the collective energy of your fellow students as you motor towards completion! You bring the laptop; we’ll supply the coffee and snacks.
Grad Success Week
At the beginning of May, the Student Success Centre arranges four days of workshops on a variety of topics relevant to graduate students. The week-long event offers grad students a chance to brush up on their study skills and refine their writing process before heading into a summer of research and writing.