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Graduate Student Support

We offer services for Master’s or PhD students. Book an individual appointment to discuss research papers, grant applications, theses and dissertations. Graduate students can join a graduate writing group, meet with a dissertation coach, or attend our Dissertation Retreats to develop academic skills specific to graduate education.

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Book an appointment with a graduate support consultant for one-on-one help with academic writing, research, grant applications, dissertation writing, and more.

Want to make real progress, while supported by a distraction free atmosphere and an expert writing tutor who will help you move through any specific writing blocks? 

Turn off your phones and notifications for 2 hours and join us for coffee and silent graduate writing sessions. We will not be talking, reading or whispering. We will be writing non-stop for 2 hours. We ask that you arrive on time to minimize interruptions to your peers.

This group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 3pm - 5pm and Thursdays from 12pm to 2pm. Please note, you must register for Wednesday and Thursday sessions separately.

We invite all Ryerson Master's and PhD students to join us for two days of learning at the Graduate Research and Writing Institute. Enjoy the long lasting benefits of an intensive and tailored learning experience dedicated to research and writing. Some topics include:

  • Academic research and writing standards in Canada
  • Narrowing the scope of your research
  • Writing a research proposal
  • Working effectively with committees and supervisors
  • Scholarly research skills
  • Integrating sources, paraphrasing, and citing
  • Revision, editing and proofreading skills …and more!

Fall 2021 dates: Thursday, November 11th, 10am to 1:30pm and Friday November 12th, 10am to 1:30pm.

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*Time for a lunch break will be allotted each day.

Graduate Student Support -Getting Started on an Academic Paper: November 17, 2021 1-3pm

This workshop situates and explains key elements of graduate academic papers, and explores the process, purpose and structure of writing a paper at the graduate level. Highlighting the differences and similarities between undergraduate and graduate student writing, this interactive workshop will also explore tips for getting started and strategies for navigating writing anxiety. Students are invited to bring an outline, a working draft and/or instructions of an assignment to the workshop and practice a variety of strategies for getting started with the support of two graduate student writing consultants. Open to all graduate students. Please note this workshop will consist of two 50-minute sessions. 

Feeling stuck in the writing process for your PhD dissertation? Meet with a dissertation coach to develop writing strategies, set up an accountability system, and receive direction and feedback on the written components of your dissertation

How it works:

  • google formSubmit a request, external link for a 50 minute 1-on-1 appointment with a dissertation coach
  • The initial appointment will include an informal needs assessment and goal setting
  • Subsequent sessions will focus on the progression of your goals and providing feedback unique to your writing needs

What we can help with:

  • Developing a writing plan and goals  
  • Providing an accountability system
  • Tailoring feedback on to your writing and approach
  • Providing solutions to issues that arise such as writer's block, motivation, productivity
  • More!

PhD students who are at the “all-but-defended” (ABD) stage of their program are invited to our residential Dissertation Retreats. 

The Retreat offers a rare opportunity for Ryerson PhD students to immerse themselves into their dissertation work in a quiet, distraction-free setting, where they can enjoy dedicated writing space and time, individual writing support, and a writing community of peers committed to the same goal.

Retreats are be postponed due to COVID-19.

Did you know?

Graduate students who use English as an additional language can participate in many of our Writing & Language Support programming, such as English Conversation Groups, ECS Classes, Conversational Connections, Speaking & Listening appointments and Grammar/Supported self-editing appointments.