Are you looking to strengthen your understanding of course content?
The ERC Peer Tutoring program provides BU students an opportunity to meet with a fellow student and ask questions related to their course material. Peer Tutors are BU students just like you, and understand how intimidating certain courses can be. They are here to guide, encourage, and support you in your learning process. All tutors are undergraduates who excelled in their course and are recommended by BU faculty. Our services are free to all BU students!
1 hour long
- just want try out tutoring
- have a few specific questions
- prefer working 1-on-1
- want flexible scheduling
Group tutoring (2-3 students)
1.5 hour long
Every week all semester
- want consistent review
- enjoy collaborating with your peers
- can commit to a set schedule
Single appointments book up quickly prior to exams, so plan ahead!
ERC Peer Tutors know the challenges of your course because they’ve been through it themselves.
Peer Tutors are here to help solidify your understanding of core concepts, guide you through challenging problems, and provide personalized study tips. You will get the most out of your session if you bring questions and think through what concepts you want to focus on during the appointment. Peer Tutors are not professors and do no prepare lesson plans, so please bring questions and practice problems with you.
What does a tutoring appointment look like?
A tutoring appointment will look different depending on what type of appointment you select (weekly or single) and also changes based on what your needs are. You can count on the tutor always asking you what you want to work on since you drive the session. Peer tutoring is dynamic and collaborative, so your tutor will not only answer some of your questions and explain material, but they will also challenge you to engage in the learning process and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the session.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
There are many ways to get ready for your appointment, but they all have to do with figuring out where you’re having trouble. Try writing down questions you have from lecture, or highlighting the places in your notes where you might’ve missed something, or you could bring in the problems you’ve been practicing but keep getting stuck on. The key is to let your tutor know ahead of the appointment what you want to focus on so they have time to get ready to help you.
Is there anything I should NOT expect?
Your tutor is a student just like you, so you shouldn’t expect them to be an expert in the field. They don’t always have all the answers, and that’s ok. If you are looking for answers from an expert in the field, you may be better suited asking your professor.
Please do not expect your tutor to have the textbook you are using, they frequently change, so bring yours and your notes.
Also, don’t expect your tutor to work on homework/problem sets that you will be submitting for a grade.
Is ERC Peer Tutoring the only resource for me?
ERC Peer Tutoring is definitely not the only resource available to you. You’ll want to take full advantage of your professor and TA office hours, and utilize other services offered by your particular department.
We encourage you to explore all the options available across BU’s campus for tutoring and more with our Academic Resource Guide
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General Questions and ERC Policy
What courses do you offer tutoring for?
The ERC Peer Tutoring program primarily offers tutors for 100-200 level courses in a
variety subjects such as Chemistry, Economics, Math, certain languages and more.
In most cases, humanities and upper level courses (above 200) aren’t offered because
of the type of material and the limited availability of tutors.
For a sense of
what courses we typically cover, you can explore our Academic Resource Guide
and select the subject
you are looking for. The guide also has information about various options for support on writing assignments.
What do I do if I can’t log into TutorTrac?
First, you’ll want to make sure you are using FireFox and Safari since TutorTrac tends to work best on these browsers. If you’re trying to log in and it is slow to respond, please take a look at your web browser’s progress icon – this is a good indicator that it is loading and might take a few extra seconds.
If you continue to have trouble logging in, please use our CONTACT US
form to let us know and we will work on getting this resolved for you.
Am I going to meet with the same tutor every week?
This depends on whether you choose to sign up for Weekly or Single appointments. For a Weekly, you will be meeting with the same tutor every week. For a Single (one-time) appointment, it only happens once so you won’t necessarily meet with that particular tutor again. But, many students get to know their tutors and talk directly with tutors about setting up additional Single appointments. If you’ve met with a tutor and want to make additional appointments specifically with them, talk with them or send them an email directly and see if they are available.
Modern & Romance Language Policy:
Academic Misconduct Policy:
All tutors and tutees are expected to adhere to BU’s Academic Conduct Code
. Any work submitted by a student must be their own. Any deviation from this may be considered academic misconduct. Any violation of the Academic Conduct Code will result in immediate termination of Peer Tutoring services.
You may also be interested in reading our Homework Policy below.
Tutors are not permitted to work on homework that you are submitting for a grade. They can help you figure out how to approach the problem and are more than happy to help you with similar practice problems, but the work you will submit for a grade must be your own.
How do I schedule an appointment?
for instructions on scheduling a Peer Tutoring appointment.
I am running late. Can I come to my appointment late?
You can come a few minutes late, but please note that your session will still end at the originally scheduled end time. If you are more than 15 minutes late to the appointment, it will count as a missed appointment. See below for more information on missed appointments.
What if I can’t find a Single (one-time) appointment that works for me?
After you’ve checked TutorTrac for a few days and no appointments become available, you may use the Peer Tutoring Special Request Form
to request that an appointment be specially arranged for you. If the course you are looking for isn’t listed in the drop down on TutorTrac, we most likely do not offer tutoring for it. You can get a sense of what courses we typically offer by exploring our Academic Resource Guide
In most cases, humanities and upper level courses (above 200) aren’t offered because of the type of material and the limited availability of tutors. However, if your course is not listed, you are welcome to complete the special request form and we will make our best effort to help you.
What do I do if I can’t find a Weekly (reoccuring) appointment that works for me?
Before signing up for a Weekly appointment, trying a Single (one-time) appointment first will help ensure that tutoring is the right fit for you. You can discuss with your tutor the advantages and disadvantages of both types of appointments and the possibility of arranging a weekly appointment with them. If you have had a Single appointment and are committed to attending a weekly for the remainder of the semester, please fill out the Peer Tutoring Special Request Form
to request an appointment be specially arranged for you.
If the course you are looking for is not listed in the drop down on TutorTrac, we most likely do not offer tutoring for it. You can get a sense of what courses we typically offer by exploring our Academic Resource Guide
. In most cases, humanities and upper level (above 200 level) courses are not offered because of the type of material and the limited availability of tutors. However, if your course is not listed, you are welcome to complete the special request form and we will make our best effort to help you.
Please note that we do not guarantee your request will be met, but we will make every attempt to help you.
How many appointments can I sign up for and what are the limits?
The maximum number of appointments you can have for the same subject in seven days is 2 total. But you can only have 1 Weekly appointment per subject per week. So the most appointments you could schedule for one week would be:
2 Single appointments
1 Weekly and 1 Single appointment
Additionally, you are only permitted one appointment per class per day. Please note that the scheduling system counts a week by a 7 day window, so if you’ve already had 2 appointment within the last 7 days you’ll have to wait to schedule another one.
How do I know if I scheduled my appointment correctly?
You will receive a confirmation email from the ERC shortly after you have scheduled your appointment that will contain the following information:
Your tutor’s name and email, date and time of your scheduled appointment and reminders about ERC policy.
You will also get a second confirmation email the night before your appointment.
You can also sign up for text message reminders about your appointments through TutorTrac. Simply click the Activate box located on the right side of the TutorTrac main page (once you’ve already logged in).You will also know you have scheduled your appointment correctly if you refresh your home screen in TutorTrac and see Upcoming Appointments.
How do I cancel my tutoring appointment?
Cancelling a tutoring appointment is the same whether or not you have signed up for Weekly appointments or Single appointments. In either situation, you will need to email your tutor directly at least 24 hours prior to the start of your scheduled appointment. You can find your tutor’s email address in the appointment confirmation email you received. Please note that repeated cancellations for weekly appointments may jeopardize your ability to remain in the appointment.
I need to cancel my tutoring appointment; am I going to be marked as Missed?
As long as you email your tutor to cancel your tutoring appointment at least 24 hours prior to the start of the scheduled tutoring appointment, you have cancelled within policy. If you do not drop your spot in the appointment by this deadline, it will count as Missed. If you think you got a Missed appointment email in error, please see the next section of the FAQs.
What does it mean to be marked as missed?
A Missed appointment marking means that you did not attend a tutoring appointment for which you were scheduled. You either didn’t show up for the appointment at all, failed to cancel the appointment 24 hours in advance, or came to the session more than 15 minutes late. It is the policy of the ERC that once you have 2 Missed appointments, you will be unable to attend any future tutoring appointments until you have come into the office and spoken with one of the ERC’s professional staff about your attendance. If you feel you have received a Missed notification in error, please see the next question.
What do I do if I get a Missed appointment email, but I was at the appointment?
TutorTrac automatically generates missed appointment emails when a student does not sign in for an appointment or if some error happened at sign in. If you receive an email for an appointment you attended, contact us right away to let us know. If it is left as a Missed, it can impact your ability to sign up for future appointments, so it is important to notify us right away to get it fixed for you. You should email the staff member listed in the Missed Appointment email you received to get it corrected.
If I had Missed appointments last semester, will they be counted against me this semester?
No, your missed appointments only count against you for the current semester. All missed appointment records are reset to zero once the new semester begins.
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