Graduate Students

Learning Development & Success helps students succeed in graduate school. We cover areas such as time management, goal setting, research organization, habit creation, presentation skills, reading and writing strategies, motivation and positive mindsets, and so much more! Check out the services below to see how we can help and for information and ideas on how to balance the challenges of taking courses, conducting research, doing volunteer work, writing your dissertation, and being an effective teacher.

Presentations and Workshops

The Learning Development & Success team offers a variety of live sessions on topics that are common challenges among graduate students. These sessions are held at different times in the year and include the following:

Synchronous Sessions for research-based graduate students:


Reading strategies for grad students (Zoom link), Monday, January 16th, 2023 at 1pm-2pm

Time management for graduate students (Own Your Future sign up), Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 11:30am

Time management for grad students (Zoom link), Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023 at 11am-12pm

Staying motivated in grad school (Zoom link), Thursday, March 23rd, 2023 at 2pm-3pm

Mindful preparation for comprehensives and evaluations (Own Your Future sign up), Wednesday, April 19th, 2023 at 1:30pm

Staying motivated in grad school (Own Your Future sign up), Wednesday, May 17th at 2:30pm

Synchronous sessions for course-based graduate students

Click here to view our list of synchronous presentations that are more relevant for course-based graduate students.


Prerecorded Sessions:

Please consider viewing our Prerecorded Learning Videos.  


For additional sessions offered by LDS and other campus partners, please visit Own Your Future (OYF) which is Western's doctoral professional development program. You can view their upcoming live sessions in the OYF Calendar or view their recordings of past sessions. Master's students and postdocs are welcome to attend if space is available.

GradUpdATE: E-Newsletter

Subscribe to our monthly E-Newsletter and receive helpful suggestions and useful information on how to succeed in grad school every month. To sign up, send an e-mail to Type 'subscribe' as the subject and send - that's it! Feel free to also browse our archived editions of GRADUpdATE.

Time Management (PDFs, progress tracker, dissertation calculator)

Here is a time management workbook developed for graduate students with information, resources, tools, and strategies to assist with time management. For tips on time management for grad students, click here

Use a calendar to help manage your time and organize deadlines.

Use a dissertation calculator to help break down your project and a tracker to monitor your progress

PhD Planning Group

PhD students are eligible to register. Every Monday, students discuss and reflect on what they were or were not able to get done during the previous week, then you have time to plan for the upcoming week, and share your plans with each other. Space is limited. Registration is now open for Winter 2023. To learn more about the group or to sign up, go to this Winter 2023 PhD Planning Group registration form.

Book an Appointment

Looking for help developing a plan to complete your work? Wanting progress check-ins to stay on track? Wondering how to improve your time management or motivation? Book a confidential individual appointment with us.

Mindfulness Events and groups

Mindfulness can greatly impact your learning and work by lowering your anxiety and helping you focus and recharge better. Learn more about our mindfulness programs and how you can benefit from mindfulness.


A 5-week program specifically designed for graduate students in research-based programs and a 10-week program for graduate students in course-based programs (and undergraduate students) that introduce you to a range of helpful learning and thriving concepts. Learn more about Learn2Thrive here.