Graduate Students

If you thought Learning Skills Services were only for undergrads, think again! High work standards and expectations (both from within and without), coupled with the lack of structure of most graduate programs can lead to confusion, writer’s block and stress. Feeling overwhelmed with the work load at Grad School? Wondering how you’ll ever keep up with the readings, pass your comps and/or get your MRP or thesis completed in this lifetime? Graduate students have a unique set of needs and Learning Skills Services can help!

Our workshops are for all York students, including upper year and Grad students. Many of the Learning Skills workshops offered regularly, such as Time Management and Reading and Notebooking, are valuable no matter what level of study you are pursuing. In addition to our ongoing program of workshops, we occasionally offer special sessions targeted for Grad students only, a few times a year. Check our monthly workshop calendars and our website for updates.

Graduate students may also sign up for an individual session with a Learning Skills Specialist, who specializes in working with grad students, by booking an available Grad Student Coaching space via our online booking system, updated weekly. Information about how to book an individual appointment can be found here: How To Book An Individual Learning Skills AppointmentPlease look for an available time in the line labelled 'Grad Student  Coaching - Cathy Boyd-Withers'. If you don't see this category, that means there are no available times that week. Unfortunately, availability is limited, so if there are no times available, please check again the following Monday morning when new spots may become available

Accessing Learning Skills Services and resources on a regular or occasional basis can help you better manage your time, organize the work flow, maintain momentum, and successfully complete your Master’s or PhD degree requirements within a reasonable length of time.

In addition, Learning Skills staff are willing to work with individuals and/or groups of graduate students, to custom-design workshops and services to fit your needs. Please email Cathy Boyd-Withers (, the Learning Skills Specialist who specializes in working with graduate students,  and let us know how we can help!