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Graduate Student Support

For students enrolled in one of Ryerson’s Master's or PhD programs looking for help with developing graduate-focused academic skills.


To ensure everyone's health and safety during COVID-19,  we have moved all of our Learning Support 1-1 appointments, workshops and supported learning groups to phone or virtual connection.

Book an appointment using the SLS online booking tool or select the "1-1 Online Appointments" option on the left navigation menu.

Download the Online Learning Resources for students.

What is Graduate Student Support? (video, no sound)


Graduate students have specific concerns about their academic skills and the demands of graduate-level study. Our programming will help you to further develop these skills under the guidance of our staff.

Graduate Student Support appointments are held in SLC-452. This room is located on the 4th floor of the SLC and is accessible through elevators and a powered door entrance. A height adjustable desk is available in the room for those who may require it. We proudly offer a scent-free environment. If you require additional information regarding accessibility, please contact

Browse through the menu for details on specific programs.

Graduate Student Support

Book an appointment with one of our graduate support consultants for one-on-one help with writing, research, grant applications, dissertation writing, and more.

Need assistance connecting? Read our How-to guide on online apps (Google hangouts, Skype, and Zoom).

Appointment Limits

Each student can book 50 minutes per week. Our goal is to be widely available to all Ryerson students and to prevent overuse of the service.  

Spring/Summer 2020 Hours

  • Monday to Thursday: 12 pm to 6 pm

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Graduate Student Support

Virtual Graduate Write-a-Thon

Next date: Monday, June 29, 2020, 12pm to 5pm

Ryerson graduate students, let’s spend the day writing together online!

Writing doesn't need to be so daunting. Building community can help! This first virtual Graduate Write-a-thon is our chance to get down to writing, together. 

Whether you’re writing a paper, editing a proposal, or revising a thesis, we invite you to join us for intensive writing time, individual support, and camaraderie!

Immerse yourself in your work in a quiet, virtual distraction-free setting. Enjoy dedicated writing space and time, individual support, and a community of peers committed to the same goal.

Bring your work, and we will provide a structure and support. 

We look forward to seeing you on June 29th! View the Write-a-thon schedule.

Register for the virtual Write-a-Thon.

For accessibility requirements or questions, please contact Natalya Androsova at

Graduate Student Support

Writing doesn’t have to be about stress, anxiety, and self-doubt. It can be about fun, creativity, and exploration. If you are interested in a deeper understanding of your own writing process, please join our graduate writing groups, where we will learn, practice, and share together. 

If you want to start a writing peer-support group in your course or department and are not sure how to do it, please let us help you set it up. We will guide you from beginning to end and help you develop the format and materials for your meetings. Contact our Writing Programs Specialist,

Writing Groups

Register for our graduate-level writing groups below, or join one of our Writing Support groups available to all Ryerson students.

Graduate Student Support

If you have reached the “all-but-defended” (ABD) stage in your PhD program, you can join us for one of our residential Dissertation Retreats that will help you engage in an effective dissertation writing process. 

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.

We look forward to seeing you on the Retreat!

Upcoming Retreats

February 25, 2020 to February 29, 2020: Work, Rest, Renew, Reflect - Winter Dissertation Retreat at St. John's Guesthouse.

April 27, 2020 to May 1, 2020: Toronto Island Dissertation Retreat. This retreat will be postponed. 

Graduate Research and Writing Institute

Fall Institute: Thursday, November 19, 11am to 5pm

Need help fine-tuning your research and writing skills?

We invite all Ryerson Master's and PhD students to join us for a day of learning at the Graduate Research and Writing Institute.

In response to a recent survey, we’ve developed a full day of programming specific to Ryerson graduate students’ needs. Some topics include:

  • Academic research and writing standards in Canada
  • Guidance with MRP, thesis, or dissertation writing
  • Working effectively with committees and supervisors
  • Scholarly research skills
  • Integrating sources, paraphrasing, and citing
  • Revision, editing and proofreading skills
  • …and more!

Enjoy the long lasting benefits of an intensive and tailored learning experience dedicated to research and writing. Sessions will be led by a variety of experts on campus.

Register for the Graduate Research and Writing Institute.

Graduate Student Support

Some of our graduate-focused workshops are available for download. You can also request an in-person workshop for groups of 4 or more graduate students. During the year, we offer drop-in group sessions dedicated to various topics relevant to graduate students at Ryerson. Meet fellow students, discuss your dissertation progress, get guidance, advice, and feedback, and build your network of support for graduate school and beyond.

Online Workshops

(Google Slides) Effective Academic Reading
(Google Slides) Major Research Paper
(Google Slides) Reading Journal Articles in Science and Engineering
(Google Slides) Writing a Humanities and Interdisciplinary Dissertation - Part 1
(Google Slides) Writing a Humanities and Interdisciplinary Dissertation - Part 2
(Google Slides) Writing a Science and Engineering Dissertation - Part 1
(Google Slides) Writing a Science and Engineering Dissertation - Part 2
(Google Slides) Writing a Scientific Research Article
(Google Slides) Writing Proposals and Applying for Funding
(PDF) Writing Science for Graduate School