Grad Productivity Group: Actually Work from Home is a supportive online environment where you can work in company with grad school peers. The goal is for you to have supportive, structured time in your week on a regular basis. Sit down, turn off your other devices and boost your productivity for two 40-minute sessions of concentrated work on any of your tasks.
These groups are facilitated by an experienced graduate student peer.
Program EligibilityAll graduate students at any stage of their program are welcome.
How The Program Works
Grad Productivity Group: Actually Work from Home runs on:
- Mondays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. with Tori
- Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. NEW day! with Tori
- Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. NEW time! with Jessica
You can attend one, two or all three sessions! You are welcome to try out a group before committing to attending weekly.
A learning strategist and peer advisor will facilitate sessions virtually. Following introductions, participants will identify the work or tasks they want to focus on for 90 minutes.
At the end of the time, group members will comment on how the work went for them.
There will be a brief opportunity for discussion, sharing tips and setting goals if participants choose.
We offer an Accessibility Section in partnership with Accessibility Services for students who want to work with others who experience graduate school with accessibility needs.
The Accessibility Section runs on:
- Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with Christine
Note that all students, including students with accessibility needs, are welcome to join all Academic Success programming.
Program Student Team
Role on Team: Facilitator - Accessibility Section
Program of Study: Human Development and Applied Psychology
Year of Study: Ph.D.
Learn more about Christine
- Aerial arts
- Stand-up comedy
Role on Team: Facilitator
Program of Study: Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Year of Study: PhD
Learn more about Jessica
- Performing and producing shows
- Crafting and making homemade cosmetics
Role on Team: Facilitator
Program of Study: Department of Anthropology, Collaborative Specialization in South Asian Studies
Learn more about Tori
- Exploring new places and nature
- Soap and candle-making (learning the basics!)
Considerations & ExceptionsGrad Productivity Group: Actually Work from Home is different from Graduate Writing Groups. Graduate Writing Groups are your best choice for dedicated weekly writing time and are 2.5 hours long with 2 hours of writing. We strongly recommend these for thesis writing, proposal writing and writing papers. Grad Productivity Group: Actually Work from Home is an alternate option to work on any of your graduate school work and related tasks. You may intend to tackle emails, filing, paper submission, data analysis or any other to-dos. You can attend both programs at the same time.