Educational Resource Center

Faculty & the ERC

The ERC offers a variety of programs and services that might be beneficial to the students in your courses. Here is some quick information about what each program is, and how it might apply to your students.

Individual Advising

What is Individual Advising?

Individual Advising offers students the opportunity to meet with ERC so they can learn more about their academic skills. The range of topics can include everything from time management and test preparation to goal-setting and decision-making. Students can meet with an ERC staff member once, or they may want to meet multiple times. Many conversations often lead to referrals to other resources that students may have overlooked such as the Office of Disability Services, Student Employment, Behavioral Medicine, Center for Career Development or resources within their school/college to name a few.

What do I tell my students about Individual Advising?

The best thing would be to direct students to our website. There they can learn more about the ERC staff and they can give us a call to make an appointment. Often students may think they need a tutor when in fact the real culprit may be a lack of time management or a consistent sleep schedule that may be hurting their academic performance. Individual advising challenges students to think beyond peer tutoring.

Language Link

What is Language Link?

Language Link conversation groups are led by native speakers, and offer students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to improve their conversational skills in 12 languages. Participants meet with their group throughout the semester, and sometimes participate in activities planned by the leader such as films or trips off campus. Language Link leaders facilitate conversations that help students with their coursework, prepare for study abroad, or brush up on basic conversation skills. More information about Language Link here.

What do I tell my students about the Language Link program?

The best thing would be to direct them to our website. There they can find more information about the program, instructions on how to sign up for an appointment, as well as the policies of the program. By signing up for an appointment, students agree to adhere to the policies of the program.

Peer Tutoring

What is Peer Tutoring?

Peer Tutoring is free to BU students, and is offered in most 100 and 200 level CAS courses. Our peer tutors are here to complement students’ classroom experience by providing insight to managing course content and developing effective study skills. Peer tutors are undergrads recruited from across Boston University, recommended by BU faculty, and undergo extensive training prior to starting. Peer tutors meet with students either in an individual setting, or in a weekly group setting. More information can be found here.

What do I tell my students about Peer Tutoring?

The best thing would be to direct them to our website. There they can find more information about the program, instructions on how to sign up for an appointment, as well as the policies of the program. By signing up for an appointment, students agree to adhere to the policies of the program.

I was emailed about filling out a recommendation for a student, what is this?

All of our peer tutors are recommended by BU faculty. The administrators of the program are not experts in every course offered by the Peer Tutoring program, so rely on the expertise of the faculty to determine whether a student is qualified to tutor in that course or not.

Workshops

What kinds of workshops do you offer?

The ERC’s workshops cover a wide range of topics including syllabus management, note taking, and group presentations. Our workshops are led by staff and student ambassadors and are offered throughout the semester. More information about our workshops can be found here.

What is Don’t Cancel Your Class?

If there is a day that you cannot make it to class because of another obligation, consider having the ERC come and do an in-class workshop instead of outright cancelling your class. ERC staff can come and present to your class about time management, test prep, note taking, syllabus management, or any of these topics. Request a workshop.

Writing Assistance

What is Writing Assistance?

Our Writing Assistance program is staffed by BU Doctoral students, who have a wide range of specialties including International Relations, Religion, and more. Writing Assistance appointments are designed to help students through every aspect of the writing process, from brainstorming all the way through their final draft. Writing Assistance appointments are NOT proofreading sessions, rather the Writing Fellow will listen and suggest ways to resolve to a student’s concerns about clarity and argument, helping them to articulate their own ideas more effectively. Additionally, students can utilize ESL writing skills appointments which are designed for students who are struggling with basic difficulties in writing at the college level, not just with particular assignments. More information about both types of appointments can be found here.

What do I tell my students about the Writing Assistance program?

The best thing would be to direct them to our website. There they can find more information about the program, instructions on how to sign up for an appointment, as well as the policies of the program. By signing up for an appointment, students agree to adhere to the policies of the program.

Still have questions? Contact us via email or phone (617-353-7077)!

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