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How can QUIC help me with my academics?

English Academic Writing Support

  • What is it? A chance to practice your English academic writing
  • When? Tuesday evenings, 5:30pm-7:30pm (starting Sep 10, 2019)
  • Where? Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) in Mitchell Hall
  • How does it work? Each week, SASS’s EAL Coordinator leads an interactive workshop on a different writing topic, such as articles, critical thinking, or sentence variety. Students can join for the topics which are of interest to them in order to build on writing foundations, evaluate examples, do practice exercises, learn strategies, and ask questions. Formal registration is not required.

 

English Conversation Group

  • What is it? An opportunity to practice English language conversation skills
  • When? Thursday evenings, 5:30pm-7pm (starting Sep 12, 2019)
  • Where? Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) in Mitchell Hall
  • How does it work? Volunteers help guide English conversation with group activities and discussions. There’s a new topic every week. Students can learn idioms, expressions, and pronunciations in a welcoming environment. Formal registration is not required.

 

What does Student Academic Success Services (SASS) do?

Student Academic Success Services (SASS) supports undergraduate and graduate students at all levels of academic success improve their writing and academic skills and confidence. They offer resources, workshops and 1:1 appointments for students in any faculty, in any year.

Where is SASS located?

SASS is located on Stauffer Library’s ground floor at the north end, and online at sass.queensu.ca.

What are SASS’s most popular Online Resources?

  • The Academic Skills and Writing Resources page offers downloadable PDFs, strategies, and tools on a wide variety of topics, including time management, academic stress, presentation skills, thesis statements, paragraph structure, grammar, and academic integrity.
  • SASS Peers (upper year volunteers) post a weekly blog during the fall and winter terms that offers candid, helpful and often funny posts on surviving and thriving as a Queen’s student.
  • The Assignment Calculator and Thesis Manager can support planning and managing larger assignments.
  • The Subject-Specific Academic Resource Guide lists resources and supports across faculties and academic departments at Queen’s.

Where can I get support if English is an additional language (EAL) for me?

SASS offer a variety of support programming for students with English as an additional language (EAL).

Where do I find out about SASS workshops and events?

Students should check the SASS Events Calendar regularly.

How do I book a 1:1 appointment?

Students can use the online booking system to book an appointment. SASS also offers online appointments if they are away from Queen’s main campus.

What are the kinds of appointments you can book?

Academic English Skills Appointments

  • What are they? Appointments with the Academic Skills Support Coordinator (EAL) to help develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in academic English.
  • When? Students can book an introductory consultation to make a plan that fits their schedule.
  • Where? SASS is located on Stauffer Library’s ground floor at the north end.
  • How does it work? Students assess their needs and set goals to develop their Academic English skills with the coordinator in the introductory consultation. Subsequent 50-minute appointments are tailored to the individual student and the skills they want to develop.

 

Professional Writing Consultations

  • What are they? These free, confidential appointments are specific to individual student needs, but commonly include topics such as understanding an assignment, brainstorming ideas, developing an argument or thesis statement, organizing main points, revising a draft, improving grammar and style, or integrating research.
  • When? Students can use the online booking system to book an appointment. Students are able to book six appointments over the fall and winter terms; additional appointments are available in the spring/ summer (please note that there is a limit of one appointment per week, per student. Exceptions can be made in consultation with the director). Appointments may be 25 or 50 minutes long. Students may get help at any stage of the writing process, but SASS does not edit or proofread.
  • Where? SASS is located on Stauffer Library’s ground floor at the north end.
  • How does it work? Students book an appointment and bring a printed copy of their writing.

 

Peer Writing Appointments

  • What are they? Writing assistance appointments for first- or second-year undergraduate students. Peer Writing Assistants (PWAs) are upper-year and graduate student volunteers who are committed to helping other students develop their writing skills and confidence.
  • When? Students can use the online booking system to book an appointment.
  • Where? SASS is located on Stauffer Library’s ground floor at the north end.
  • How does it work? Sessions are 25 minutes long and are based on a collaboration between the PWA and the student seeking assistance. PWA sessions take place Monday-Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. from mid-September to the end of November and from mid-January to the end of March. Students may sign up for only one appointment per evening and a maximum of two appointments per week.

 

Academic Skills Appointments

  • What are they? Individual meetings with a learning strategies advisor to help students improve their academic performance and confidence. Popular topics include reading strategies, time management, academic motivation, and learning strategies.
  • When? Students can use the online booking system to book an appointment.
  • Where? SASS is located on Stauffer Library’s ground floor at the north end.
  • How does it work? Learning strategies advisors ask questions to understand a student’s goals and circumstances, then coach them in strategies, skills, and mindsets for learning.

 

What other ongoing academic support programs are available?

 

SASS workshops

  • What are they? SASS offers workshops throughout the academic year on various topics related to academic life.
  • When? Students should check the SASS Events Calendar for specific dates and times.
  • Where? Most take place in Stauffer Library, room 121.
  • How does it work? Workshops are free and do not require registration.

 

Academic English Drop-In Support

  • What is it? A drop-in program for Academic English homework support
  • When? Wednesday evenings, 6pm-8pm (starting Sep 18, 2019)
  • Where? Stauffer Library, room 143
  • How does it work? An English as an Additional Language (EAL) assistant will sit down with a student for 15 minutes at a time to answer questions, give feedback, and offer strategies. After assisting other students, they will come back to the previous students to check in and answer further questions. Formal registration is not required.

 

Grad Writing Lab

  • What is it? An opportunity for all graduate students to get writing support
  • When? Monday and Thursday mornings, 9am-12pm
  • Where? Graduate Student Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Stauffer Library
  • How does it work? Both domestic and international graduate students can drop in and work on their writing in a graduate community space. There is a dedicated academic writing specialist on site who can help students with any writing questions.