Educational Resource Center

Students & the ERC

Are you considering applying to BU and wondering how you will adjust to college life? The ERC provides resources to help you develop your academic skill set.

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.

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 graduate students who have a wide range of specialties, but all 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.

ERC Writing Assistance does not provide proofreading or editing; we are here to help you learn to do your own best work. However, if you want to improve your grammar, word choice, punctuation, sentence structure, or other fundamental reading or writing skills, you might look into our ESL Writing Skills appointments, which are shorter (30 minute) appointments with Writing Fellows who are grammar and ESL Specialists. Like all of our appointments, ESL Writing Skills are open to all writers, including both native and non-native speakers. Drop-In appointments are intended for students who have a specific concern that will take 20 minutes or less to address, and traditional Writing Assistance appointments are 45 minutes long and designed for students at any stage of the writing process.

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!

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.

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Academic Skills Advising

With Academic Skills Advising, students meet one-on-one with an ERC professional staff member about a wide range of academic challenges including managing your workload and schedules, dealing with academic stress, or adapting to the study requirements of college level classes. These meetings assist students in developing a personalized plan for their academic success and usually focus on time management, organization, and study skills.

If you are having trouble managing your time, fighting procrastination, or balancing your course-load, we can help you understand where your time is going and how to organize it more effectively.  Many students at BU did very well in high school without having to study much and find themselves without the study skills they need to succeed in challenging courses.  We can help you develop study strategies that work well for you.  Other students come to us feeling overwhelmed or stressed out about their classes, and we help you learn how to manage that anxiety so it doesn’t interfere with your studies and you are able enjoy your time at BU. We can also help you find the ERC services that will work best for you.  To request an appointment, please click here.

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. You can request an academic skills workshop, which are led by our Student Ambassadors, by submitting a workshop request form.

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 designed 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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