Doctoral students at convocation

Preparing for academic success

Learn about the University of Calgary's wide range of supports to help graduate students succeed in their programs

Grad student support at the Student Success Centre

Get support for writing and learning. Attend workshops, weekly support groups or get help via one-one-one advising.

Writing support

  • Join the Graduate Writing Community and participate in drop-in tutoring sessions
  • Sign up for graduate writing workshops
  • Make a one-on-one appointment with a tutor
  • Take advantage of online resources on plagiarism, citation styles, grammar and editing and more

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Learning support

  • Book a session with an Academic Development Specialist to develop skills and strategies for managing your graduate workload and program expectations
  • If you are an international student, you can get advising specific for your needs from an Academic Development Specialist 
  • Meet with a Graduate Peer Coach. This is a graduate student who has been trained to help you with managing your dissertation, life balance, implementing feedback and more
  • Become a Graduate Peer Coach and pay it forward to your colleagues

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Grad Success Days

Grad Success Days takes place every year in late spring/early summer. Find resources from previous sessions on the Student Success Centre website.

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Taylor Family Digital Library

Workshops at the Taylor Family Digital Library

Library services provide workshops to help graduate students develop key skills for academic success. Current workshops offered at the TFDL or Health Sciences Library include (but are not limited to):

EndNote Keeping Current with Your Research: Using Alerting Services Conducting Systematic Reviews Searching MEDLINE Systematically Copyright: What You Need to Know for Your Thesis and Teaching Research Data Management 101 Creating a Data Management Plan Visualization: Encoding Data Visualization: Using Visual Variables Tableau Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis Using NVivo 12 Intermediate Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo 12 Virtual Reality Openhouse Makerspace Safety Orientation