Educational Resource Center

Peer Tutoring

We believe that every student encounters a class or topic that is difficult for them to understand. Our Peer Tutors want to help you figure out what is confusing and how to address that because they’ve been there. They bring their own experience to the table and work with you to help you achieve success.

“It’s very helpful and it makes you stay on top of the course topics. It also encouraged me to do my homework a week in advance, so I could ask my tutor any questions.”—Student survey response

The ERC offers two types of tutoring:

Single Appointments:

During a single appointment, you will meet with a tutor individually for one hour. These appointments are designed for students who:

  • Have a few specific questions for the tutor
  • Want to try out tutoring as an extra resource
  • Are looking for flexible schedule


Weekly Appointments:

During a weekly appointment, you will meet with a tutor for up to an hour and a half each week. Weekly appointments have a maximum of three students from the same course. Weekly appointments are designed for students who:

  • Have tried ERC tutoring before and want to continue regularly
  • Wish to add a consistent element of support to their schedule
  • Like to collaborate on content, ideas and study strategies with supportive peers

Use our Appointment Comparison Guide to determine which type of appointment would be best for you.

Find out what to expect and how to have a productive tutoring appointment.

Before you sign up, read the general policies for the Peer Tutoring program.

Got questions? Read our Peer Tutoring frequently asked questions.

Please keep in mind that Peer Tutoring is only one form of support for your courses. If you have not already done so, we strongly encourage you to talk to your professor, TA/TF, as well as check out our listing of Additional Academic Resources to learn about other types of support available to you.

Are you an undergraduate BU student interested in being a Peer Tutor?
Visit our employment section for more information.

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