The Queen's Learning Commons is an inviting, collaborative learning space where people pursue and share ideas. Centrally located in Stauffer Library, this enriched learning environment brings together in one place a comprehensive, integrated set of academic support services and resources for Queen's students. It unites staff from several service units (Library, Learning Strategies Development, The Writing Centre, Adaptive Technology Centre and IT Services) who assist students through individual consultation, workshops, peer mentoring, and collaboration, and includes improved support for accessing and exploring digital resources and technology.
The Learning Strategies Development program aims to enhance students' independent learning skills and academic success, within the context of the students' personal and learning environment. The office offers individual consultation, group workshops, and various peer supported learning opportunities. Located in the Queen's Learning Commons, the program is administered through Health, Counselling and Disability Services.
The Queen's Peer Mentoring Program matches upper-year students with students who would like support and/or help with academic skills. Students may self refer or be referred by Counselling or Disability staff. The Peer Mentors participate in a training program in which they are taught how to perform learning and study skills assessments; they are also given sensitivity training to understand how disabilities may affect students and what strategies are helpful in each case.
The Inquiry at Queen's undergraduate research conference and e-journal offer undergraduate students opportunities to develop their skills in inquiry-based learning and critical thinking, and to gain experience in writing and presenting in an academic environment.
The Peer Academic Support System is a support and referral service for first-year students run out of the Faculty of Arts and Science.
Douglas Tutorials are an optional fee-based service available to first year students who are experiencing difficulties in their classes. Tutorials are available to each student at least once per week; locations and times are scheduled for each section of first year students.
The Education Equity Program offers free and confidential tutorial services to support the academic efforts of all law students, particularly those in first year and students whose circumstances make the law school process uniquely difficult. The program offers individual counselling, information and assistance concerning school-related and personal issues, special needs access and language support.
The Faculty-Student Mentorship Program places faculty in a mentorship role where they offer guidance, advice and resources to self-identified racialized undergraduate/graduate students and to offer support through their university experiences.