Writing and Academic Skills

Anyone can improve their writing and academic skills. Explore how our writing and academic skills services, programs and events can support your development in key areas, such as reading, writing and studying.

Also, check out the new SSC: Writing and Academic Skills Hub in Mills Library L215.


Students using the tools and resources in the Thode Makerspace


STEM Week Event

Passionate about science, technology, engineering and math? Throughout STEM Week, discover sessions and resources designed to help you succeed in...

Level Up: A Second-Year Academic and Career Program

Level Up: A Second-Year Academic and Career Program Event

Second-year students, it’s time to level up and make the most of this year It’s common for students to feel...

Students studying in MUSC wearing McMaster branded face masks.

Exam Prep and Self-Care

Exam Prep and Self-Care Event

We’re here to help you reduce exam anxiety Are you feeling ready for exams? It’s okay if you’re not quite...

students enjoying snacks

January Reset

January Reset Event

Imagine, plan and achieve your goals this new year. These events and resources can help. Welcome back! Whether you want...


Your skills are essential to your personal, professional and academic growth throughout university and beyond. Use this tool to find out if you’re on track to succeed at university based on your skills and habits. The Learning Skills Inventory is based on key academic skills assessments used at post-secondary institutions across the country. The SSC academic skills team refers to these skills in their one-on-one coaching with students and skills development programming.

Academic skills programs are here to support your development in key areas, such as reading, writing and studying. Our services are for anyone who wants to become more efficient and effective. Whether you’re experiencing challenges or getting straight A’s, we’re here for you! Using research and best practices, we help students who want to improve their academic skills.

Are you a Faculty or Staff?

SSC Academic Skills supports student success at McMaster by developing and facilitating a range of skills-based programming and academic services that complement course-specific knowledge. Our aim is to help students develop transferable skills and leverage existing strengths to achieve their academic goals.


Access McMaster University’s GPA conversion on the Registrar Office’s website.


Explore more tips on the McMaster University Library’s Research Guides database (LibGuides), listed under “Academic Skills (Student Success Centre).

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Free resources including Writing and Teaching Writing, Research, Grammar and Mechanics, Style Guides, ESL (English as a Second Language), and Job Search and Professional Writing.