The Office for Student Success and Achievement offers several resources and services for UGA’s graduate students. Whether you need writing assistance or are looking for ways to connect with other graduate students in a small group workshop, OSSA is ready to support all graduate students at UGA. Click through our programs below to learn more.

OSSA provides online (asynchronous) writing tutoring by appointment to UGA’s graduate students, IEP students, visiting scholars, and visiting diplomats.

For Summer 2024, graduate writing tutoring will begin on June 6th and will conclude on August 2nd.

Use of Graduate Writing Resources 

Patrons of OSSA’s Graduate Writing Tutoring do not have to participate at the time of an online appointment, but patrons do need to submit a document in .doc or .docx format to the appropriate e-mail address before the confirmed appointment time. For example, for a 9:00 a.m. appointment, a patron could submit the document to the appropriate e-mail address on the night before the appointment. After requesting an appointment, please look for a confirmation e-mail message from your tutor with instructions, including the appropriate address to e-mail the document to. 

Meet Our Graduate Writing Tutors

Garrison Bickerstaff

Other Info

Click here to request an appointment with Garrison Bickerstaff.

Please request a maximum of two online appointments between Monday and Sunday of each week.

If you have any questions, email Garrison Bickerstaff at 

Graduate students seeking assistance with giving presentations or public speaking can make an appointment with our Communications Consultant via OSSA’s Presentation Collaboratory.

Appointments can be made by downloading our Penji app.

OSSA partners with the Graduate School to provide Student Success Workshops for UGA graduate students each semester. For more information on Student Success Workshops, click here.

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