Graduate students form a highly selected, competent and
well-motivated group. Most of the time, they know what needs
to be done and have the resources, abilities and skills to do
it. What is often missing in graduate studies is the
structured environment that we find in undergraduate studies
and in the work place. Often the graduate student is
not provided with or encouraged to develop effective
short-term and intermediate-term goals and deadlines that
enable timely progress toward completion. Indeed, in Canada
nearly 1/3 of all Masters and 1/2 of all Doctoral students do
not complete their degrees in spite of the fact that these
individuals are the proverbial "cream" of the academic crop.
And of those completing, many take well beyond the time that
they (and their partners, children and the supervisors)
The Thesis Completion Group is context for mutual support
and encouragement, and a place to problem solve issues
related to completing the thesis or dissertation. Past
participants have found the group helpful in setting
priorities and in making steady progress toward degree
completion. Graduate students from all disciplines are
We have a new format for the group! On occasion, we have a "guest scholar," drawn from UVic faculty members who have recently completed their graduate studies. We will share tips and strategies that she/he has found helpful. The final 45 minutes will be devoted to discussion of progress, obstacles, goal setting, and problem solving.
The Counselling Services lending library has several books that focus on the writing of the thesis/dissertation. Drop in and check out our modest collection.
Some helpful links for Graduate Students:
If the Group or Workshop is not already scheduled
This group meets nearly year around, every other week.
Please check the events page to see when the group is scheduled.
Page updated: May 2012.