Graduate student services

Graduate students are welcome to access all suitable programs and services offered by the Writing & Learning Centre. In addition, we will soon be developing a specific suite of services to support the research, writing, study and creative and critical thinking you do. New students may find that working with the Writing & Learning Centre will clarify some of the academic expectations, conventions and working methods typical to graduate study and offer some new ideas for how to succeed.

Graduate student consultations

As a graduate student, when you book a consultation, you will be paired with a consultant who holds a graduate degree. Consultations are useful for analyzing difficult writings, exploring research avenues, debating ideas, finding language that matches your studio process, experimenting with unconventional writing methods, managing large amounts of reading and more.

Consultations take place in room 314, Level 3, 230 Richmond St. When booking or inquiring, please identify yourself as a graduate student and let us know what services you wish to use.

Graduate thesis/MRP panel discussion

Hosted by The Writing & Learning Centre and the Office of Graduate Studies, this panel discussion features talks and advice from recent OCAD U graduates. This is opportunity for current graduate students at various stages of their work to acquire and share insights and strategies on the thesis and MRP process. At the end of the panel, the Office of Graduate Studies will review the formatting and final submission process. Some of the themes for discussion will include: developing a thesis topic, research and methodologies, and writing tips.

Writing intensives

For the first time, the WLC will offer the Thesis/MRP Intensive, a writing and trouble-shooting workshop for students in the second year of graduate study as you work toward Thesis/MRP completion. The Intensive is scheduled for January 4 to 8, 2016. Students will apply and be considered to be a participant. Through the week, you will workshop key issues, receive individual and group feedback with WLC staff and be given individualized strategies for completion and revision. The beginning of the winter term marks a critical time in the development and writing of final papers.
 
A Proposal Writing Intensive is scheduled for February 17 to 19, 2016, to support first-year students working on their thesis/MRP proposals.

English language learners (ELL)

ELL specialists also offer learning support to English language learners in one-on-one consultations. Additionally, they offer specialized workshops and mini-series in vocabulary, grammar and the use of specialized language as well as assistance with bridging new educational cultures in research and in the classroom, and oral communication in a class context, with peers and with faculty and advisors. All ELL programs take place at the WLC on the 5th floor of 113 McCaul St.