Resource Guide

Academic Resource Guide

Connecting you to the wide net of academic resources across BU’s campus.
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General Resources

Office Hours

Professors and TF/TAs are your best resource for your course. See your syllabus for their office hours and contact information. If you cannot make it to their office hours, try contacting them directly to arrange a different time to meet.

Classmates

Study groups are a great way for you to pool your knowledge with other students, review class topics, and clarify points of confusion collectively. You will benefit greatly from proactively forming a study group with classmates early on in the semester – talk to your classmates and see who is interested!

ERC: Academic Skills Advising

During an Academic Skills Advising appointment, you’ll get to meet with a ERC staff member and discuss your academic journey. You’ll cover topics such as time management and study strategies, and develop a personalized plan for your academic success.

Disability and Access Services

BU is committed to providing equal and integrated access for individuals with disabilities to all academic, social, cultural, and recreational programs. The office is here to help students get set up with the appropriate accommodations. Contact them today to get the process started!

Behavioral Medicine

BU’s Behavioral Medicine can help guide you toward mental and emotional health and stability. Their team of psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical nurse specialists, and licensed mental health clinicians are well versed in the many issues that can crop up over an academic career. Don’t hestiate to reach out!

Academic Advising Offices

Academic Advising offices can help you pick out your classes, decide on a major, and explore your interests. Contact them for issues related to course registration, preqrequisites, major & minors.

See the full list of advising offices:

If you need additional support not listed, contact your department directly:
BU Schools and Departments

Biology Resources

Educational Resource Center

The ERC offers free Peer Tutoring by appointment in a variety of Biology courses. Tutors are often available for BI105/106/107/108, BI203/211/315.

Tutor availability can vary by semester and is not guaranteed.

Student to Student

Fomer LAs from BI107/108 hold review sessions prior to exams, offer open office hours, and have lecture notes available.

Visit your course website for more info or by contact the Student to Student tutor listed on your course’s Blackboard site. Email the Intro Bio Office with any questions: introbio@bu.edu.

Bio LAs

Biology Learning Assistants are former students who took the course and performed well, making them a valuable resource for students. They are in BI105/107/108/116, BI210/211/218, and BI315. Most co-teach laboratory sections with a graduate student or staff member, while some also assist faculty with lecture.

Video Resources

Looking for tips ins BI105? Check out this video with tips from an experienced ERC Peer Tutor.

Looking for tips in BI211? Check out this video with insiders tips from Dr. Co.

If you need additional support not listed, contact either:
Straaberg Finfrock
Undergraduate Programs Specialist
stacysf@bu.edu
or
Chenille Hogan
Administrative Coordinator (Intro Bio)
chenille@bu.edu
bu.edu/biology

Chemistry Resources

Educational Resource Center

The ERC offers free Peer Tutoring by appointment in a variety of Chemistry courses. Tutors are often available for General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and CH373.

Tutor availability can vary by semester and is not guaranteed.

Chemia

Chemia is BU’s Undergraduate Chemistry Soceity. Chemia offers free tutoring for BU students on Monday nights in SCI 294 and Thursday nights in SCI 512, and special chemistry events! Find up to date info on the Chemia facebook page.

CH101/102 LAs

CH101/102 Learning Assistants (LAs) are present in your lectures and discussions and are there to help you understand the material being presented. They’re undergraduate students and they participate in the creation of materials for the discussions, so they’re a natural choice if you want some help working through the confusing parts of the class.

CH101/102 Office Hours

It can’t be said enough that going to office hours is a key component to clearing up confusion. All CH101/102 students are encouraged to visit the office hours of ANY professor or TF in any of the sections. They are all available and willing to help you. Be sure to visit them, and not just before an exam. Refer to your syllabus or contact your professor or TF about their office hours.

OrgoPrep 2.0

OrgoPrep 2.0 is a free, noncredit, preparatory course for organic chemistry offered through July and August. The program is run by the ERC and Chemistry Education teams.

Orgo: Prof. Rubio’s Open Hours

Professor Rubio typically hosts open help for all students taking Orgo (203/204/214/172/174) on Sundays at the ERC. Come visit him in room 613A from 2-4pm, even if you’re not in Professor Rubio’s class!

This is not offered every semester, so please check before coming.

Video Resources

Check out this video with tips from a few ERC Peer Tutors for students in CH101.

If you need additional support not listed, contact BU’s Chemistry Department:
Lauren Jett
Undergraduate Academic Administrator
chemuaa@bu.edu
bu.edu/chemistry

Languages and Linguistics Resources

ERC: Peer Tutoring Program

The ERC offers free Peer Tutoring by appointment for students enrolled in various languages, including Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Latin, and more! We also offer tutoring in LX250. Tutor availability can vary by semester and is not guaranteed.

Book an appointment online today!

ERC: Language Link

Language Link groups are fun, informal gatherings that allow you to improve your language conversation skills. We have groups for English, Spanish, Japanese, and more!

Schedule an appointment today!

If you need additional support not listed, contact one of the following departments: African Studies, Classical Studies, Linguistics, Romance Studies, OR World Languages and Literature

For more information on ASL and Deaf Studies, contact the Wheelock College of Ed. & Human Development’s Student Services Office at whestu@bu.edu

Economics Resources

Educational Resource Center

The ERC offers free Peer Tutoring by appointment in a variety of economics courses. Tutors are often available for EC101/102, 201/202 & sometimes for EC203/204. Tutor availability can vary by semester and is not guaranteed.

The Principle’s Center

The Principle’s Center is the Economics Department’s drop in center for EC101/102 students. It is staffed by graduate students and is open 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

The center can be difficult to find at first. Get directions here.

Private Tutors

BU’s Economics Department maintains a list of tutors that you can hire for paid private tutoring. Rates are arranged by you and the tutor directly. Tutors listed cover a wide range of courses including upper level EC courses.

If you need additional support not listed, contact BU’s Economics Department:
Deb Kasabian
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
dkasab@bu.edu
bu.edu/econ/

Engineering Resources

Engineering Tutoring Center

As a student of the College of Engineering, you have exclusive access to the Engineering Tutoring Center which provides free tutoring in math, science, and engineering courses for all freshman and sophomore levels, as well as some junior and senior level ENG courses.

Private Tutors

Contact the Undergraduate Programs Office at ENG for more information about obtaining a private paid tutor.

Educational Resource Center

The ERC offers free Peer Tutoring by appointment in a variety of courses that ENG students take through CAS including MA, BI, CH, and PY courses. ERC tutor availability can vary by semester and is not guaranteed. For help in courses exclusive to ENG, please visit the ENG Tutoring Room.

If you need additional support not listed, contact BU’s Engineering Department:
Ruth Elias
Academic Counselor
ruthelia@bu.edu
bu.edu/eng/

Math Resources

Educational Resource Center

The ERC offers free Peer Tutoring by appointment in a variety of Math courses. Tutors are often available for MA113/115/116, MA121/122/123/124, MA213/214/255/226. Tutor availability can vary by semester and is not guaranteed.

Book an appointment online today!

MA Tutoring Room

The Math Departments MA Tutoring Room offers all students in MA courses the opportunity to ask questions and work with a graduate student, TFs or TAs in a drop-in style setting. The schedule of times and staff are posted on their website.

Math Help

Prof. Meuser and Prof.Snyder run Math Help Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 10:30pm in the Rich Hall Cinema Room, First Floor of Rich Hall. Be sure to bring whatever course materials you are working on with you.

If you need additional support not listed, contact BU’s Math Department:
Professor Dick Hall
Director of Undergraduate Mathematical Instruction
617-353-9542
bu.edu/math

Physics Resources

Educational Resource Center

The ERC offers free Peer Tutoring by appointment in a variety of Physics courses. Tutors are often available for PY105/106, 211/212.

Tutor availability can vary by semester and is not guaranteed.

Physics Resource Room

Many professors and graduate student hold open office hours at the Physics Resource Room. Stop by to ask questions on any Physics course work.

590 Commonwealth Ave.
Room 121

Physics LAs

The Learning Assistants (LAs) are students who are there to help both in and out of class. They are a great resource to help you understand Physics from different angles. They are present in your lectures and discussions and keep their own office hours. Make their office hours a part of your study routine!

Private Tutors

Contact BU’s Physics department for information about obtaining a private paid tutor.

Please note that these tutors are not affiliated with the ERC.

If you need additional support not listed, contact BU’s Physics Department:
Courtney Clark
Undergraduate Program Director
cclark86@bu.edu
or
Professor Robert Carey
Director of Undergraduate Studies
carey@bu.edu
physics.bu.edu

Questrom Resources

Educational Resource Center

The ERC offers free Peer Tutoring by appointment in a few Questrom courses. Tutors are often available for AC221/222 and QM221/222.

Tutor availability can vary by semester and is not guaranteed.

LOCK Society Tutoring

LOCK Honor Society members can assist with first and second year Questrom courses as well as Cross Functional Core courses. Open hours are offered Monday and Wednesday from 6-8pm.

595 Commonwealth Ave, Questrom 240

FE101 TAs

If you’re looking for peer assistance in FE101, your primary source will be the TA’s for your section. You might also seek out help at LOCK tutoring. Please utilize your Professor and your TA’s as well as the course information on Questrom Tools to help clear up any questions you have about the material.

If you need additional support not listed, contact Questrom:
Undergraduate Academic & Career Development Center (UDC)
Questrom School of Business, 595 Commonwealth Ave.
617-353-2650
udc@bu.edu

Writing Resources/Centers

Educational Resource Center

*Available to ALL students

Writing Fellows are available to help with at any stage of writing process: brainstorming, drafting, or revising. Appointment and drop ins available.

100 Bay State Rd. (5th Floor)

COM Writing Center

*Available to ALL students

COM writing tutors engage students in the writing process, from brainstorming to revising the final draft. They can help with any written assignment, not just COM papers.

40 Commonwealth Ave, Rm B27A

CAS Writing Center

*For CAS courses

Free appointment for Writing Program courses (CAS WR) and their equivalents such as EN120, EN220, HI150) and to students with papers from other CAS courses.

100 Bay State Rd, 3rd Floor

CAS Core Writing Fellows

*For students taking courses across the Core Curriculum

Writing Fellows are happy to consult with students about any Core writing assignment at any stage of the writing process.

725 Commonwealth Ave.
Room 119

CGS Writing Center

*For CGS students only

Students can book appointments in-person at the Writing Center reception desk.

871 Commonwealth Ave.
Room 330B

SPH Writing & Presentations

*For SPH degree candidates

SPH Public Health Writing and Presentation Skills Programs offers appointments and walk-in sessions.

715 Albany Street

STH Writing Works

*For STH students only

A free program established to assist School of Theology students with any stage of academic writing process. Appointments and walk-in sessions available.

745 Commonwealth Ave.

Center for Career Development

The CCD can help with resumes and cover letter reviews. Find out about all the services they offer to get you career ready on their website!

100 Bay State Road, 5th Floor

Dissertation Writing Group

*For doctoral students

A program run by the ERC for doctoral students to come together, and commit to a structured time to focus on writing.

100 Bay State Rd. 5th Floor