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Though the first appointment and the ongoing dialogue with the Access Advisor will focus on removing barriers, the OSD is part of student services and also has the complimentary role of providing a holistic approach to student well-being and success.  As such it deploys part of its resources to providing ancillary resources which students should feel free to explore if these respond to their specific needs or situations.

Workshops  

There are a number of workshops offered by the OSD.  The list below highlights workshops currently offered and is updated each semester.  All our workshops are free.  To register, simply complete the online registration form.


Graduate Student Writers' Group

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Every other Thursday from 4.30 to 6pm, Graduate students who are in the process of completing their Masters or PhD theses meet to share their experiences, discuss their progress report, explore solutions to the barriers they are experiencing and create a peer network.  For more information concerning the Writers' Group, please contact jessica [dot] giles [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Jess Giles).  There is no formal registration for this workshop; simply email us to inform us of your intention to join the group. 

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Work Hard & Play Hard

Man on high wire

Do you feel anxious, overwhelmed, or unmotivated when it comes to school work? Do you find it difficult to organize yourself? Does everything feel like a priority? Do you have too much to do but not enough time? 

Students will be guided toward setting, maintaining, achieving goals, and maintaining a healthy balance even during the busiest of times. 

New!  Fall 2014 schedule

To be announced!

To register, please complete the online registration form.


How Do I Learn Best?

 How do I learn best?

Do you have trouble concentrating and focusing in class or while trying to learn something? Do you think you are having a harder time than others when it comes to learning material? Do you become upset with yourself when your grades do not reflect the time and effort you devoted to studying?

This workshop is intended to identify how undergraduate and graduate students could enhance personal learning styles. Each student's strengths will be identified to improve on learning strategies.

New!  Fall 2014 schedule

To be announced!

To register, please complete the online registration form.


Create Your Own Toolbox

Managing Academic Anxiety

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Do you freeze up when it comes to school work? Does your mind go blank when it comes time write an exam? Do you put off doing work because you are too anxious to face it? Does being evaluated stress you out? Do you think your work is never good enough?

This workshop is intended to help both undergraduate and graduate students manage anxiety related to academics. Whether it is anxiety experienced in or related to class, preparing for an exam/assignment, during the exam, or following or related to an evaluation, students will learn how to deal with the anxiety using a variety of cognitive behavioral strategies and tools. 

New!  Fall 2014 schedule

To be announced!

To register, please complete the online registration form.


What is Universal Design for Learning? 

How does it affect my inclusion on campus?

Universal Design for Learning

This interactive workshop (duration: 1.5h) is offered twice a semester and seeks to introduce students to the concept of Universal Design.  The content covers theory and the notion of Social Model of disability, but also investigates the tangible impact of the adoption of this framework in Disability service provision on the classroom experience. Please register here.

Fall 2014 Workshops:

To be announced!

Macdonald campus April 11th, 1pm-2pm CC2-207, Centennial Centre

To register, please complete the online registration form.


Unleash your potential

(CBT workshop for students with ADHD)

Unleash your potential

Under a CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) framework,  this workshop is aimed for students with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD). This workshop will be done in two sessions.

The group will focus specifically on the effects of ADD on Organizational Skills, Time Management and Project Planning.  These two sessions will emphasize on learning new techniques tailored to the student’s needs. Group members will leave both session with new skills to apply in their lives through the use of specific homework exercises.

Because the second session builds upon the first, it is essential that students commit to attend both sessions.

Fall 2014 Two Workshops:

To be announced!

To register, please complete the online registration form.


Beyond Microsoft Office

Apps to Help Your Writing

Notepad and Paper

Whether you’re frustrated with writing your essays in Microsoft Word or you’re simply looking for new strategies to improve your composition skills it’s worth trying something new. However, there are literally hundreds of applications to help you with your writing, it can be overwhelming to know what is worth trying?

This workshop will provide an overview of inexpensive and free applications that can help you improve your writing depending on your specific needs. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop, though loaner laptops can be provided as needed.

Fall 2014 Workshops:

To be announced!

To register, please complete the online registration form.


Organizing Your Digital Clutter

Apps for the Busy Student

Lightbulb sketch

One of the major challenges that students face is managing the overwhelming amount of information that they receive over the course of the semester. Course notes, readings, due dates, office hours, and exams, can easily be lost track of without some form of organizational tools.

This workshop will be dedicated to various study apps that will help you organize and make use of this wealth of information. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop, though loaner laptops can be provided as needed.

Fall 2014 Workshops

To be announced!

To register, please complete the online registration form.


Testing Made Easy

Does writing an exam plague you with anxiety? Do multiple-choice tests overwhelm you, and essay questions stress you out? Is your test performance unreflective of your course material knowledge?

 This workshop is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students who would like to perfect their test-taking skills. Participants will learn how to prepare for tests, general test-taking strategies and specific strategies for various types of exam questions.

New!  Fall 2014 schedule

To be announced!

To register, please complete the online registration form.


Walkthrough of Government Funding Application (Quebec)

A Step-by-Step Guide For Quebec Students

Although financial assistance from the government can help make your academic life easier, filling out the necessary forms can be very stressful!

If you have trouble understanding what exactly needs to be filled and sent or you simply don’t know what to do, this workshop is for you!

This workshop is a step-by-step guide for your Quebec government funding application. Personal concerns will be addressed and helpful tips will also be provided!

Winter 2014 Schedule:

To be announced

To register, please complete the online registration form.


Walkthrough of Government Funding Application (Ontario)

A step-by-step Guide for Ontario Students

Although financial assistance from the government can help make your academic life easier, filling out the necessary forms can be very stressful!

If you have trouble understanding what exactly needs to be filled and sent or you simply don’t know what to do, this workshop is for you!

This workshop is a step-by-step guide for your Ontario government funding application. Personal concerns will be addressed and helpful tips will also be provided!

Fall 2014 Schedule:

To be announced!

To register, please complete the online registration form.


Navigating the Challenges

Internships, Stages and Real-World Evaluations

This workshop is designed to help students with a variety of complex identities and needs to feel better prepared to successfully navigate the transition from professional program to the field (internship, clinical) component of their program.

The workshop addresses particular challenges that students might face in the field, provides a safe and relaxed forum for the sharing of experiences, encourages discussion and offers strategies for transitioning successfully from program to field. In addition, the workshop offers concrete supports and resources that students can access during their time in the field. Jointly offered by the OSD, the Office of Student Teaching (OST), and the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology. Facilitation to be shared among Frederic Fovet, Fiona J. Benson, Tara Flanagan and Jess Giles.

Fall 2014 Schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 4 14h-15h30

HSSL - M3-37F (Humanaties & Social Sciences Library – McLennan Library Building, 3rd Floor).

To register, please complete the online registration form..
Thursday, Dec. 18 10h-11h30

HSSL - M3-37F (Humanaties & Social Sciences Library – McLennan Library Building, 3rd Floor).

To register, please complete the online registration form..

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