Graduate Students

Learning Development & Success helps students succeed in graduate school. Check out the services below to see how we can help and for information and ideas on how to balance the challenges of conducting research, 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:

Check back later for updates. Session will start again in Fall 2022. 


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.

Prerecorded Sessions:

Please consider viewing our Prerecorded Learning Videos.  

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 Workbook

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

PhD Planning Group

PhD students year 2 and up are eligible to register. Every week, 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 CLOSED FOR SUMMER 2022. To learn more about the program and/or be placed on a waitlist for next term, go to the summer 2022 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.