Educational Resource Center

Students & the ERC

Are you new to BU and figuring out how to adjust to college life? Have you been at BU for a couple of semesters and need a little extra help in balancing your academic life with your social life? Are you not really sure what you need, but know that something needs to change? The ERC can help! Our programs are here to help guide your way through your collegiate career.

Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutoring is offered in both individual and weekly group settings. Our tutors are undergrads just like you, and have successfully completed each course they tutor in. They have also undergone extensive training, and are all BU faculty recommended.

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Peer Tutoring does not replace going to class, rather is a complement to your classroom experience. Tutoring appointments provide you a safe space to ask questions about course work, overarching course concepts, or simply how to study for the tests. While our tutors are not here solely for exam review, they will work with you to help you figure out how you best study for your classes.

Writing Assistance

Writing Assistance

Our Writing Assistance program is here to help you through every step of the writing process. From brainstorming and outlining all the way through to writing your final draft, our Writing Fellows are here to help. Our Writing Assistance program is staffed by BU Doctoral students who have a wide range of specialties, but each of them are here to talk with you about your writing, ask what you’re trying to accomplish, read through your composition with you, and present their feedback on how you can improve your own work.

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The Writing Assistance program is not here solely for proofreading, however if you need help with grammar, word choice, punctuation, sentence structure, etc. you might look into utilizing our ESL Writing Skills appointments. These appointments are designed for all writers, including both native and non-native speakers struggling with basic writing skills. Writing Assistance appointments are designed for students working on a specific writing assignment while ESL Writing Skills appointments are more of an overview of your writing skills in general.

Language Link

Language Link

The Langauge Link program offers Boston University students the unique opportunity to meet in a group, led by a native speaker, on a weekly basis to practice their conversational skills. Participants in the program do not need to be currently enrolled in the language they are interested in, just basic conversation skills are required!

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Language Link offers novice, intermediate and advanced conversation groups led by accomplished native speakers on a weekly basis. Students can participate to improve vocabulary, enhance the classroom experience, prepare for study abroad, or brush up on ‘rusty’ skills. Our Language Link leaders are not teachers, rather they facilitate the conversation on a weekly basis and occasionally plan activities for the group such as watching a film in the language, or going to see an artist’s work at the MFA with cultural significance to the group.

Workshops

Workshops

The ERC’s workshops cover a wide range of topics including time and syllabus management, note taking, test prep, decision making and even how to improve your class presentations. Our workshops are offered throughout the semester, and are led by our Student Ambassadors.

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Our workshops are designed to help you sharpen your academic skills and help you get the most out of your BU experience. We understand that part of the collegiate experience is figuring out what kind of learner you are, and that what you did in high school, or even last semester, might not work for you this semester. Our workshops are here to help you figure out your learning style, and to offer tips on how to continually improve your academic experience here at BU.

If you’re still not sure what might work best for you, ERC staff members are available to meet with students and assist in developing a personalized plan for academic success. To make an appointment, please call the ERC’s main line 617-353-7077 or email us at erc@bu.edu.

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