Academic Transition and Support
Experience a new Academic Community
As you start your classes at Queen’s, you may encounter academic practices that you are not accustomed to, such as:
- different ways to communicate with professors or peers
- unfamiliar approaches to research
- new types of assignments.
Each academic community has particular ways of behaving, interacting, valuing, thinking, believing, speaking, reading, and writing. You may be asked to perform tasks, display skills, or use disciplinary language that you have not encountered before.
Learn some common academic words you may hear at Queen’s in the Academic Dictionary
Transitioning to a new community is a process that needs time.
Think of a time that you tried to learn a new game. Unless the rules of the game were extremely similar to something you have done before, you probably needed some time to understand the expectations. By participating multiple times, learning the specific language of the game, clarifying expectations, and asking questions, the game became more natural.
If you don’t get it right away, it does not mean you lack knowledge or competency. It may just mean taking more time, asking more questions, and getting support is necessary.
Build upon the foundation of academic knowledge and skills you already have while learning new academic expectations! Think about how can you use your background to integrate new knowledge and adjust your academic practices.
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Words you might encounter at Queen’s
Words you may encounter in your courses