Grad Student Resources


Grad Chat/Connection: Imposter – Are you a grad imposter HANDOUT 2020

GradStepUp for Incoming International Grad Students – August 2019 HANDOUT “Early & Effective: Tips for managing difficult grad school situations”.

2019 Minds Redefined Mental Health Wellness Conference September 2019 HANDOUT “GradSkills: Effective Communication & Conflict Resolution”


Dealing with any grad school issue (big or small)?  Visit the Grad CRC YouTube Channel to watch our videos on supervisor relationships, grad resources, placements/practicums, authorship, career, motivation and more!


Need to SELECT A SUPERVISOR? Check out our HANDOUT Student Supervisor early days best practices- AODA.  Read about the experience of one PhD student looking for a supervisor, the questions she asked, including “what about taking parental leave?” Grad Student Blog: Finding a Thesis Supervisor

Work harder neon signConcerned about SUPERVISION / COMMITTEE ISSUES? Review the SGS Guidelines for Supervision of Graduate Students.  Read G2G Natalie P.’s guest blog: Student-Supervisor Relationships and What to Do in Times of Conflict .  Book an appointment to talk to a G2G Peer Advisor.

57 Ways (Not) to Screw up in Grad School cover of bookWondering how (NOT) to Screw up in Grad School? Read this tongue-in-cheek book to learn about a variety of tips and tricks to help students to succeed and flourish in graduate school through the use of personal anecdotes and thoughtful advice from REAL supervisors.

computer with time displayStruggling with WRITING / TIME MANAGEMENT? Reserve a Writing Centre consultation (limited space) or talk to a Learning Strategist at the Academic Success Centre (they run grad writing groups too!).   SGS has Thesis & Dissertation Writing Support resources or watch this Time Management video (2016 Western). Connect with Academic Success Centre via online chat  info about services, resources & appointments.

Calculator, pen and financial statementDealing with complicated FINANCES? Talk confidentially to a financial counsellor at the SGS Graduate Awards Office . If your concerns are around family events / responsibilities, talk to the Family Care Office. SGS has support for grads planning on taking parental leave. The Financial Planning Calculator tool can help you to predict how much it will cost to live in Toronto (customize by program, year of study, residency status and campus).

Feeling like an IMPOSTER IN GRAD SCHOOL? This brief animation from Ted-Ed connects self-doubt with high performance and explains 3 ways you can combat it, and the article “We’re all frauds…” from the ASCB talks about the real feelings that lie beneath  joking comments about not belong in your grad school program.  You are not alone!

Identify as having a DISABILITY? Accessibility Services has a booklet on Demystifying Academic Accommodations as well as Grad Get Started workshops to help you learn about navigating accommodations and the skills needed to thrive at the University of Toronto.

Looking to learn about emerging MENTAL HEALTH issues and university supports? Grad Minds Elemental Magazine is a tri-campus initiative with staff/faculty contributions. Raw Talk Podcast is an academic and student driven podcast featuring faculty, students and alumni of UofT. Episode #47 features conversations around graduate student mental health and coping strategies including U of T on-campus resources, including advice from 3 grad student G2Gs.

Looking to increase your understanding of CYBER-AGGRESSION? Check out this study on cyber-aggression from the University of Toronto. Connect with a G2G at the Grad CRC to talk more about your options if you are a grad student experiencing cyber aggression.

Planning for PARENTAL LEAVE?  SGS has information on supports available for grads with new families. The Family Care Office provides confidential guidance, resources, referrals, educational programming and advocacy for the University of Toronto community and their families. They raise awareness of family care issues central to the achievement of education and employment equity at the University of Toronto.

Looking to enhance your PROFESSIONAL SKILLS? Free Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) workshops & other resources including: Mitacs workshops – professional skills development courses for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; MaRS Library – communication, negotiation & dispute resolution articles and videos; 5 Professional Skills? How can you be strategic about developing professional skills.

Person at bus shelter waitingWorried about CAREERS after graduation?  Book a 1:1 appointment with a Career Educator and or take advantage of the career offerings for grad students . The Graduate Dossier Service (GDS) for U of T doctoral students is an online depository for confidential letters of reference/ transcripts which can then be forwarded to academic institutions upon request.

Hand signing letterAnxious about asking for a REFERENCE LETTER?  Want pointers on asking for that all important professional reference?  Look into developing strategic professional relationships outside of the university.


MicrophoneStressed out about WRITING A GRANT / SPEAKING AT A CONFERENCE? Register for one of the writing grant proposals workshops offered for ALL grads through the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC).  Consider free mindfulness classes at U of T to manage stressful situations.

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Want to know How to Ask good questions at academic conferences? Check out tips from a UofT  PhD Candidate at OISE in her youtube series .Videos cover topics such as: starting grad school, preparing for an academic conference, productivity, writing groups and more.


ornate roomPreparing an ACADEMIC APPEAL?  Check out the academic advocacy services provided by the UTGSU (Graduate Students’ Union) and the information on appeals on the SGS website. Students seeking to overturn a grade decision or a denial of a request to defer exams or late withdrawal from courses for medical/compassionate reasons may be able to get advice from Downtown Legal Services (DLS).

University doorwayFeel like a university process or decision is UNFAIR?  Contact the U of T Ombudsperson – confidential, independent and impartial services for U of T students, staff and faculty (& they have Skype as well!).


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In need of LEGAL INFORMATION/ADVICE?  Steps to Justice helps people in Ontario understand and take action to deal with  legal problems with comprehensive online information on common legal problems that people experience in family, housing, employment and other areas of law.  U of T students can also contact Downtown Legal Services.

Apartment buildingHaving trouble with HOUSING situation (on or off campus)?   Housing Services has resources on their website or Downtown Legal Services can assist tenants in raising concerns, negotiating with a landlord and with Landlord & Tenant Board and the Ont. Human Rights Tribunal applications.  Mediation for roommate or landlord disagreements is a great option: free services from St. Stephen’s Community Mediation and Osgoode Mediation Clinic.

Earth from spaceAn INTERNATIONAL student or grad student interested in doing research abroad?Connect with a Transition Advisor for Graduate Students at the Centre for Int’l Experience (CIE).  The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) runs workshops for students whose primary language is not English on topics such as Strategies for Making Requests in Academic Settings .

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2019/2020 Essential Grad Guide

Resources about conflict resolution in the university context with emphasis on graduate studies?

UBC Graduate School Personal & Professional Effectiveness Resources
Ryerson – Group Work Dealing with Conflicts


Negotiation is a skill you can learn.  Michael Erdle, Managing Director of Deeth Williams Wall LLP, highlights five key strategies for successful negotiation and conflict management. (4:40) Play video to select closed captioning [CC].

Try to stay in the moment. Mindfulness is about maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. [CC].

Motivation matters – moving from “what” to “why”.  In this video about the distinction between interests and positions, Bruce Patton explores the concepts developed in Getting to Yes, by Roger Fisher and William Ury.  He focusses on the importance of looking for solutions that best address the interests of both sides (4:12). We recommend the transcript in lieu of the video’s closed captioning [CC]: Getting to Yes Transcript.

More resources are available on the STAFF & FACULTY page