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Helping you settle into McGill

Moving to university can seem like a bit of a rocky road. If you're feeling lost in large classes or falling behind in your studies, explore McGill's seminars and workshops for help. You can also visit CL&E's Events page for more workshop opportunities within and outside of Student Services.


University Success Workshops Series

These workshops are free and are open to all McGill students. All workshops are held in room 5001 of the
Brown Student Services Building, 3600 McTavish Street unless otherwise indicated. For more information, call the Campus Life & Engagement at 514-398-6913.


Essays & Term Papers

We will generate a plan that will take you through the process of writing an essay from topic assignment to proofreading that you can also apply to essay exams.  Included:  narrowing the topic, generating ideas, critical thinking, note-taking and unblocking the writer’s block.

Multiple Choice

We will discuss how to plan and prepare for multiple choice exams.  Included:  group and individual study preparation, strategies for handling stem and true/false questions, managing the exam time and networking.

Exam Preparation

Get the most out of final exams this semester!  Learn how to study more effectively and how to balance your schedule with exam prep techniques that will help you ace your exams.  Included:  study notes and strategies, memory techniques, scheduling and balancing strategies, and exam writing tips.

Study Skills

We present a comprehensive study plan to get you through preparation for classes, reading, note taking and preparing for essays and exams.

McGill Writing Centre Workshops

The McGill Writing Centre offers workshops and courses to help students improve their skills. Visit their website for all the details.

New Graduate Students in Science

Are you worried that your teaching skills are lacking? Would you like to use your time more efficiently and learn how to be more effective in front of a class? Do you want to learn teaching techniques geared specifically for science graduate students?

The Graduate Teaching Workshop from the Tomlinson Project in University-Level Science Education (T-PULSE) offers a two-day workshop which provides participants with the opportunity to reflect upon their own approaches towards teaching, to develop skills for demonstrating in laboratories & discussion sections, and to provide a foundation for future academic positions.

You will learn strategies for ensuring that there is a close relationship between teaching & learning and explore learner-centrered approaches to teaching that can be easily used in the lab or classroom.

This workshop is designed for Faculty of Science graduate students, especially those who are TA-ing or considering careers in academia.

For more information and to apply, visit the T-PULSE website

Computers and IT

As the central support unit for IT at McGill, IT Customer Services (ICS) gives workshops to introduce students to the gamut of IT services available to them. For complete information, please visit the McGill IT Services website.


The library is full of information and resources for your research needs and assignments, accessing the information, however, can be challenging. McGill libraries and library departments offers students instruction in library use year-round. For complete information, please visit the McGill Libraries website.