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Learning Support and Advising for Graduate Students

Advisors can help grad students transition to their program, acquire analytical skills and new genres of reading and writing, manage workload, operate over extended timelines, and navigate interaction with faculty.

Graduate Student Advising and Learning Support

Services include:

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
  • advice on supervisor relations and academic appeals
  • development of critical reading skills

Meet with an Academic Support Specialist


Academic Development Specialist (International Students)

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

Meet with the Academic Development Specialist (International Students)


Writing Support

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.

Meet with a Writing Tutor


Graduate Coaching Program

The Graduate Coaching Program offers coaching sessions with trained peer coaches to help students thrive in their graduate programs. Peer coaches will discuss strategies to help you with

  • goal setting
  • research management
  • motivation
  • implementing feedback
  • writing process
  • other topics that will improve your chances of success in graduate school

Meet with a graduate coach

Graduate coaches are also available for discipline-specific campus tours.

Book a tour with a graduate coach


Graduate Writing Boot Camps

Tired of writing your thesis alone? Join the Graduate Writing Community for twice-weekly sessions in a sunny space on the 3rd floor of the TFDL. During the first half hour of each three-hour session, enjoy conversations with grad coaches, grad students, and the occasional faculty member about the writing process and its challenges. In the last hour, feel free to break off for some one-on-one writing support with a Student Success Centre writing tutor. In between, set a writing goal and draw on the collective energy of your fellow students as you motor towards completion! You bring your computer; we’ll supply the plugs, the coffee, and the granola bars!

Register here


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.

Learn more