Educational Resource Center

ERC/CCD Workshop Descriptions


Academic Skills Workshops

Overview of CCD and ERC Programs and Services

Get a full overview of the services we provide for academic success and career development, including: academic planning; self-assessment; tutoring; time management; study skills; career tools; ESL development; strategies to pursue graduate study, internships, jobs, and more.

Avoiding Plagiarism

How do you use sources? When do you cite? How can you best avoid plagiarism? Based on Boston University’s policies on academic honesty, this workshop will answer questions about using sources without plagiarism and with proper citation.

Learning Styles

Academic success depends on more than book smarts. If you’d like your students to learn more about how integrating multiple learning styles and incorporating a variety of study techniques can enhance their comprehension and retention, request this workshop for your class. This activity-based workshop relies on the VARK learning styles assessment and active student participation. Learning Styles is also available as part of the ERC’s Don’t Cancel Your Class initiative for faculty who want to offer students alternative content in lieu of a canceled session.

Time Management

Does it seem like there is never enough time in the day? Are you scrambling to complete assignments and papers at the very last minute? Or maybe your iCal is filled with classes, appointments, and extracurricular activities for the next four months and you’re a pro at labeling and color coding your schedule. However, sometimes you feel overwhelmed with competing priorities. In this workshop you will learn how to apply different time management principles and prioritization tools to help you confidently handle hectic scheduling situations.

Note-Taking & Test Preparation

Did you know that research links good note-taking to increased comprehension and retention? Wouldn’t it be nice to cut down on the time you spend preparing for exams by improving your note-taking skills in class? Come join us and learn how successful students take notes and prepare for exams.

Creating & Delivering Class Presentations

Does the thought of giving a presentation make you sweat? Well, sweat no longer! Learn how to create and deliver engaging presentations from the ERC’s Student Ambassadors in this fun and interactive workshop. You will learn presentation tips and the “Do’s” and “Dont’s” of presentation creation and delivery.


Career Development Workshops

BU CareerLink: Campus Recruiting, Internships, Jobs, and More

Did you know that many employers come to campus to meet with and interview BU students for internships and full-time jobs? Hundreds of employers also post opportunities on BU CareerLink. Learn how BU CareerLink works and what you can do now to get noticed by employers. We’ll help you create a personal strategy for using BU CareerLink in your internship or job search.

Career Directions: Starting Your Journey

This interactive workshop is focused on helping new students learn what they can do now to maximize their BU experience, in preparation for a successful and satisfying future. Discussion will include thCareer Development Cycle and creating a plan of action for achieving their goals.

Self Discovery: Know Yourself to Find Your Fit

The best way to find your path is to know yourself, including your skills, interests, and values.

Choosing a Major: The Right Fit for You

Steps and resources for selecting a major and the relationship between majors and careers.

Cover Letters 101

Learn the basics of writing a cover letter for an internship or job. You will have the opportunity to begin drafting a cover letter during the workshop. Please bring your laptop.

LinkedIn: Creating Your Profile

You’ve established your LinkedIn account, now what?  Learn how to create an effective profile and the basics of using LinkedIn. Please bring your laptop and establish a LinkedIn account prior to attending.

Using LinkedIn to Your Advantage

Looking to maximize your presence on LinkedIn and take the next step beyond creating your profile? Learn how to use the social network to explore internships and jobs, network with others, and so much more. Learn the ins and outs of using LinkedIn for your future career path. Please bring your laptop. This workshop is for attendees who have already created their LinkedIn profile.

Graduate School 101

This workshop will guide you through identifying, evaluating, and applying to graduate programs.

How to Work a Career Fair

Learn how to prepare for a career fair, how to approach an employer, and how to follow up.

Internships 101

Learn how to find internships, which ones to apply for and what to consider when deciding, and how to maximize each internship experience.

Getting Started with Interview Preparation

One of the most important interview preparation steps is preparing a set of answers to possible interview questions, which can and should begin long before you secure that first-round interview. Attend this workshop to learn how to answer behavioral questions that often begin with, “Tell me about a time when…?”

Interviewing 101

Learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare, review typical questions, and how to follow up with employers. You’ll have the opportunity to create your response to “Tell me about yourself” during the workshop.

Job Search 101

Learn how to get started with searching for a full-time job.

Networking: Making the Most of Your Connections

Unclear about networking? Discover how easy, enjoyable, and informative it can be. Develop an initial list of contacts and learn how to reach out to make the most of your connections!

Getting Started with Your Resume

Do you need a resume but don’t know how to get started? During this workshop you will identify which experiences you should include in your resume and how to highlight the skills you’ve developed.

Resumes 101

Learn the basics of creating a resume. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to work on your “Related Experience” section of your resume. Please bring your laptop, notepads, etc.

Your Graduate School Personal Statement

Not sure about what to include in your personal statement for graduate school?  During the workshop you’ll learn the ins and outs of writing an effective personal statement. Please bring your laptop, notepads, etc.


ESL Workshops

Overview of ERC and ERC Writing Assistance

Get a full overview of the services we provide for ESL success.

Avoiding Plagiarism

How do you use sources? When do you cite? How can you best avoid plagiarism? Based on Boston University’s policies on academic honesty, this workshop will answer questions about using sources without plagiarism and with proper citation.


This workshop explores how to choose your tenses and to check that your use remains consistent throughout your work.


Are you frustrated because your English pronunciation gets in the way of clear communication?  Learn techniques and practice drills to hear and form tricky sounds.

Sentence Structure

When should a clause be made restrictive? How do I make sure my modifier modifies what I want it to? How can I write a complex sentence without creating a run-on?

Vocabulary Extension in Speech

Learn how to expand your vocabulary and use a greater variety of spoken English words with confidence.

Commas and Advanced Punctuation

The comma is one of the most exasperating pieces of punctuation in English. Learn how to use it and other tricky punctuation such as the dash, ellipsis, colon, and single and double quotation marks.

Prepositions and Articles

Why do we get in a car, but on a bus? Learn tricks for properly selecting and using prepositions and articles in written English.

Prepositions and Articles in Speech

Sometimes it is difficult to choose prepositions “on the fly” while speaking. This workshop will help you feel confident about using prepositions and articles in speech.

Critical Reading

Have you opened a textbook or article and thought, “Where do I start?”  This workshop will help you read critically and maximize the time you devote to your texts and articles.

Formal and Informal Patterns of Speech

Do you feel perfectly comfortable speaking English with your friends and classmates, but freeze up or make errors when you try to address your professor or your boss? This workshop could be for you!

Career Development Cycle