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Frequent Questions: Academic Support

How can QUIC help me with my academic success?

QUIC wants to support you with feeling comfortable at Queen’s, and a major part of your life at Queen’s is your academic study. QUIC has created a partnership with Student Academic Success Services (SASS) so that you can easily understand and access all the academic supports on campus. Customized workshops, presentations or site visits to benefit your student groups can be requested here.

How can QUIC help me with my academics?

What is it?

An interactive academic writing workshop


When?

Tuesdays from 12:30-2:00pm at the QUIC or 6:00pm-7:30pm on Zoom


Where?

At the QUIC or on Zoom. Check out our events calendar for details.


How does it work?

We focus on a different academic writing topic every week and practice different sentence-level strategies and choices by editing a paragraph together.


What is it?

An interactive academic speaking skills group


When? 

Thursdays from 1:00-2:30pm at the QUIC.


Where? 

At the QUIC. Check out our events calendar for details.


How does it work?  

Practice skills for seminars, tutorials, and discussions to increase your confidence when speaking! In the fall term we focus on academic discussion skills, and in the winter term we focus on academic presentation skills.


What is Student Academic Success Services (SASS)?

The friendly and welcoming SASS team are experts in the science of learning and the art of writing.

Whether you’re an undergraduate, Masters or PhD student,SASS can help you discover ways to write essays, reports, theses, dissertations and academic articles, to study effectively, and to develop your academic English skills.

How can SASS help me with my academics?

Where is SASS located?

SASS is located on Stauffer Library’s ground floor at the north end. See what is available online at sass.queensu.ca.

What are SASS’s most popular Online Resources?

  • Academics 101 – A series of online lessons designed to prepare you for undergraduate studies at Queen’s University.
  • Academic integrity – This tutorial will help you: understand why academic integrity matters; know how to avoid violating academic integrity; practice academic integrity in exams, assignments, and group work; and see how practicing academic integrity will improve your academic work.
  • Academic Skills and Writing Resources  – Access online strategies and tools on a wide variety of topics, including time management, academic stress, presentation skills, thesis statements, paragraph structure, grammar, and academic integrity.
  • Assignment Planner – A tool that breaks assignments down into manageable parts and provides support toward their completion.

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

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 offers in-person and online appointments.

What are they?

Appointments with our English specialists to help you develop academic skills in writing, speaking, reading, and listening.


When?

Students can use the online booking system to book an appointment that fits their schedule.


Where?

SASS offers in-person and online appointments. SASS is located on Stauffer Library’s ground floor at the north end.


How does it work?

  • Explore writing skills, grammar, and cultural expectations.
  • Work on speaking skills, English pronunciation, and presentation strategies.
  • Discover approaches to understanding lectures and conferences, finding key ideas when listening to professors, and speaking with other students in class.
  • Develop ways to understand readings and become a more efficient reader in English.

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.


Where? 

SASS offers in-person and online appointments. 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.


* 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.

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 offers in-person and online appointments. 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. Students may sign up for only one appointment per evening and a maximum of two appointments per week.


What are they?

Individual meetings with an academic skills specialist 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 offers in-person and online appointments. SASS is located on Stauffer Library’s ground floor at the north end.


How does it work?  

Academic skills specialists 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?

What is it?

A structured, online space to support your writing progress and sense of community.


When?

Monday and Thursday mornings, 9am to 12pm (Eastern)


Where?

On Microsoft Teams. To access the Microsoft Teams channel, fill out an online form.


How does it work?

With the support of SASS staff, you will:

  • build a writing community to reduce isolation
  • increase accountability and persistence in writing
  • receive timely and supportive feedback.

What is it?

SASS offers virtual workshops throughout the academic year on various topics related to academic life.


When?

Check the SASS Events Calendar for specific dates and times.


Where?

SASS offers in-person and online workshops. SASS is located on Stauffer Library’s ground floor at the north end. See what’s available online at sass.queensu.ca.


How does it work?

Workshops and services are free.