Why participate in Grad Ready?

Get prepared for success

Grad Ready aims to support the early stages of your graduate student journey by building upon the following program goals:

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Sense of Community 

We will provide opportunities for you to connect, engage, and network with peers from within and outside your program. 


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Setting Expectations

We will provide information on what to expect when you begin your degree and offer advice on how to prepare for the adjustment.


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Peer Mentorship

We will facilitate opportunities for you to connect with senior graduate students, learn about their experiences, and receive guidance on how to navigate early transition.


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Personal Success

We will introduce campus resources and services to support your academic, professional, social, and personal growth.


Resources to support you

As part of Grad Ready, you’ll have access to a wealth of resources to support your transition, including: 

Checklist iconA New Student Checklist

To highlight key tasks you need to complete before the start of term.

Laptop iconLive Webinars

To discuss a range of topics, including housing, funding, academics, and more. All webinars are recorded and made available for viewing.

Chat iconLive Chats

To connect with the Grad Ready Discipline Specialists, who are fellow graduate students.

Laptop iconDiscussion Boards

To ask questions and engage with various topics of interest

Laptop iconSelf-paced Modules

To help set expectations and prepare for your role as a Teaching Assistant (TA).

People iconPeer Communities

To connect with other incoming graduate students.

LEARN Modules

Our optional and self-paced LEARN modules are a comprehensive resource that you can refer back to throughout your degree. Each module is designed to set expectations for your first term, highlight opportunities for skills development, and connect you with key resources and supports. Below, we've highlighted what you can expect to find in each of the modules.

Module 1 – Preparing for Graduate Studies

  • Your UWaterloo graduate community

  • Waterloo online systems and tools

  • Housing and transportation in Waterloo region

  • Resources for navigating your first term

Module 2 – Understanding Academic Expectations 

  • Academic integrity
  • Academic milestones and timelines
  • Research practices
  • The supervisory relationship

Module 3 - Preparing to be a Teaching Assistant

  • Teaching Assistantship (TA) expectations
  • Tips for engaging with students and instructors
  • Opportunities to develop your teaching skills