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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.

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 programming is available on the 4th floor of the new Student Learning Centre, 341 Yonge Street.

Browse through the menu for details on specific programs.


Graduate Student Support

Individual Help

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

Can't find an appointment? Want to discuss your assignment from the convenience of your own home? We now offer remote appointments via phone, Skype, or Google Hangouts. Check out our Remote Appointments tab on the left for availability.

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Graduate Student Support

Remote Appointments

NEW! We know it’s cold outside. You can now discuss your assignment via phone, Skype, or Google Hangouts from the convenience of your home.

Starting on February 5, we are introducing remote appointments available from 9 am to 9 pm, 7 days a week. You can book an appointment using the calendar below:

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


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 20 - 24, 2018: Work, Rest, Renew, Reflect: Dissertation Retreat at St. John's Guesthouse

April 30 - May 4, 2018: Toronto Island Dissertation Retreat

Graduate Student Support

Do you dread sitting down to work on your dissertation? Have you spent more time texting your mother than you have drafting an introductory paragraph? Are you a regular at your local coffee shop, known for the thick books you bring in and the coffee you linger on because you just haven't done enough research? Does the written dissertation seem like a big mountain to climb, and you just have no idea where to start?

To book your session with a dissertation coach, please write to Dr. Natalya Androsova, Writing Programs Specialist ( Please book early to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited.

Graduate Student Support

Graduate Write-a-Thon: Saturday, April 14, 2018

All Ryerson graduate students are invited to spend the day writing with us. Whether you are working on your comprehensive exams, your proposal, revising your dissertation, editing a paper for publication, we invite you to join us.

Graduate Write-a-thon offers a large block of uninterrupted time during which students can focus on their work in a quiet, distraction-free setting, and enjoy optional workshops and 1:1 drop-in support.

Food, coffee and snacks will be provided. View the Write-a-Thon April 15, 2016 schedule


  • Research Ethics Board Submissions – Writing a Protocol for Approval
  • Time Management and Achieving Focus
  • How I did it: Practical Strategies from Recent Graduates
  • Citation Management and Research Clinic
  • Guided Mindfulness Meditation
  • Copyright Bootcamp

Individual drop-in support

  • Writing
  • English Language 
  • Math (Financial, Stats, Engineering)
  • Learning Strategies
  • Research Librarians
  • Dissertation Coaching
  • Research Ethics Consultations


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