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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?

A chance to practice your English academic writing


When?

Winter 2021: The program runs two identical series each week. Students may choose between Tuesdays from 7:30pm-9:00pm or Thursdays from 9:00am-10:30am.


Where?

Online on Zoom. Register here.


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.


What is it?

An opportunity to practice English language conversation skills


When? 

Online program runs two identical series per week January – March 2021. Participants may choose between Wednesdays, 9:00am-10:30am, or Thursdays, 6:30pm-8:00pm.


Where? 

Online on Zoom. Registration is required. Please click here for either: Wednesdays series registration or for Thursday series registration.


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.


What is Student Academic Success Services (SASS)?

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.

How can SASS help me with my academics?

Where is SASS located?

SASS is working remotely due to the Pandemic. Normally, 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?

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 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?

Due to the Pandemic, SASS is operating remotely. Normally, SASS is located on Stauffer Library’s ground floor at the north end. See what is available at sass.queensu.ca.


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.


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? 

Due to the Pandemic, SASS is operating remotely. Normally, SASS is located on Stauffer Library’s ground floor at the north end. See what’s available at sass.queensu.ca.


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?

Due to the Pandemic, SASS is operating remotely. Normally, SASS is located on Stauffer Library’s ground floor at the north end. See what’s available at sass.queensu.ca.


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 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? 

Due to the Pandemic, SASS is operating remotely. Normally, SASS is located on Stauffer Library’s ground floor at the north end. See what’s available at sass.queensu.ca.


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?

What is it?

An opportunity for all graduate students to get writing support


When?

Online schedule is available.


Where?

Please check for remote and online services. Normally, the Graduate Student Reading Room is located 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.


What is it?

Online program for Academic English homework support


When? 

Online schedule is available.


Where? 

Due to the Pandemic SASS is operating remotely.


How does it work?  

An English as an Additional Language (EAL) assistant will sit down with a student in an online virtual appointment to answer questions, give feedback, and offer strategies.


What is it?

SASS offers virtual 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?

Due to the Pandemic, SASS is operating remotely. Normally, 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.