Academic Skills Advising
Looking to sharpen your academic skills?
Do you ever lose track of time? Do you sit down to do your work and two hours later realize you have been on
Facebook/Twitter/YouTube/Instagram/Netflix without even opening a book? Did you study for an hour or less
just before an exam in high school and manage A’s? Are you starting to realize that this isn’t working for
your current courses?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then academic skills advising is for you!
Scheduling an Appointment
Log in to Handshake using your BU credentials. From the Career Center drop-down menu, select Appointments. Follow the prompts to select a date/time that works best for you.
Cancelling or Rescheduling Your Appointment
To cancel, go to the appointments page (via the Career Center drop-down menu), click on the appointment you wish to cancel, the click the red cancel button. To reschedule, cancel your existing appointment and then schedule a new appointment.
Note: cancelling an appointment less than 24 hours in advance is considered a no-show. http://www.bu.edu/careers/about-us/ccd-policies/
for related policies and consequences.
If you don’t have a Handshake account and are eligible
, you can request
one. If you have additional questions, please email Jaykaye Pelletier at email@example.com for more information.
Academics at BU can be difficult to navigate, but you don’t have to figure it out alone. We are here to
During an Academic Skills Advising appointment, you’ll get to meet with a professional staff member,
discuss your academic journey, and build on your strengths. You’ll develop a personalized plan for your
academic success and leave with tangible strategies to use moving forward. We believe there’s always
room to grow academically and encourage you to be proactive about developing good habits – schedule an
Common discussion topics in these appointments are: time management, organization, study skills, exam
techniques, stress and anxiety.
What does an Academic Skills Advising appointment look like?
When you come to
the ERC for an Academic Skills Advising appointment, you will meet with an ERC staff member for 45 minutes and
will typically focusing on one topic, such as time management. In this appointment, we will collaboratively
discuss your academic background, reason for the appointment, and strategies and resources available to you. If
you have additional questions related to a different topic, you might be asked to make a separate appointment
that would allow for an additional 45 minutes. Curious who you might be meeting with? Check out our staff bios
on our About Us
page. We look forward to seeing you
What should I not expect at my appointment?
ERC professional staff members are
not content experts, so don’t expect them to be able to help with specific course content. Staff members can
provide general strategies to working with any kind of course, but they aren’t tutors. You should also not
expect the staff member to do all the talking; this is your academic journey and the process is
How can I get the most out of my appointment?
Showing up on time is crucial for a 30 minute appointment. Come prepared to participate! Do some
reflection prior to the appointment about what has worked for you in the past and what is working for you now.
Knowing and communicating your current strengths and weaknesses will help you leave the appointment with a
Who will I be meeting with for my appointment?
The ERC staff members who conduct academic skills advising appointments are full time professional
staff who are here to listen. We are dedicated to helping you be your best academic self and will do so with
empathy and understanding. Curious who you might be meeting with? Check out our staff bios on our About Us
page. We look forward to seeing you soon!
The ERC’s Workshops can help you become more successful by helping you better manage your time,
perform better on different test formats, and improve your study habits.
Currently offered workshops are:
How do you use sources? When do you cite? How can you best avoid plagiarism? Based on Boston University’s policies regarding academic honesty, this workshop will demystify the proper way to integrate sources into your writing and provide accurate citations.
Becoming an Expert Learner
After cramming for a test, do you find yourself quickly forgetting everything you studied? Well, you’re not alone. In this workshop, we will examine common misconceptions about learning and studying, and explore strategies that not only enhance your learning, but allow you to consolidate what you learn into your long-term memory.
Boost Your Reading Strategies
Did you know that boosting your reading comprehension is one of the most effective ways to enhance your overall academic performance? This workshop will introduce you to a variety of techniques for reading textbooks, academic articles, and more. You will also learn annotation and note taking strategies to help you translate class readings into study materials for your next exam or paper.
Essential Tips to Manage Your Time & Reach Your Goals
Does it feel like there are never enough hours in the day? Are you pulling all-nighters to complete assignments at the last minute? Or, perhaps, you have all of your classes and extracurricular activities color-coded in your iCal or Google Calendar, but you aren’t sure how to optimize your study time. In this workshop, you will learn essential time management principles and strategies for overcoming procrastination. You’ll also discover prioritization tools to help you confidently navigate your weekly routine and set achievable goals that build toward your long-term objectives.
Gear Up for Midterms: Study Strategies and Test Taking
This workshop gives you all the tools you need to tackle midterms season! From managing your study time to getting academic support, this workshop will help you study more effectively, lower your stress levels, and stay focused.
Get Ready for Finals
This workshop gives you all the tools you need to navigate finals–not just to feel ready in the exam room, but to get into the “finals mindset” and lower the stress that comes with realizing that finals are just a few weeks away. Whether you’re a seasoned test-taker or a finals rookie, this workshop will equip you with the test-taking, study, and self-care methods to ace finals week!
Overview of CCD-ERC Services
“Introduction to ERC and CCD services.” A student ambassador will provide your class or student group with an overview of the various services provided at the CCD and ERC, how to engage with them, and as current students, they can speak about their own personal experiences with the services.To request this workshop, please visit the Center for Career Development’s website: http://www.bu.edu/careers/connect/conversation/
Led by ERC writing fellows, this workshop will equip you to edit and proofread your papers with confidence! While learning how to revise the style and voice of your papers, you will also learn how to identify patterns of error at the sentence level.
Study Smarter, Not Harder: Effective Note Taking & Study Strategies
Are you tired of pulling all-nighters and cramming for exams? Research suggests that instead of cramming, you should space your studying out over several days and weeks. This workshop will equip you with active note taking and study strategies to improve your comprehension and retention of course material.
Test Taking & Test Anxiety
This workshop offers strategies that will help you navigate exams more efficiently, budget your time, and manage your stress levels during an exam. You will learn how to approach different types of questions on an exam and how to respond if you don’t know the answer to a question. You will also learn how to assess your performance on past exams in order to improve your study strategies.
Transition to College: Time Management & Study Strategies
This workshop will provide you with strategies to assist you in making the transition to the academic environment at Boston University. In this workshop, you will learn research-based study strategies that are essential for consolidation and the long-term retention of information. You will also learn tools for managing your time at Boston University.
*We also offer custom workshops for faculty/staff and student organizations.
Fill out our Workshop Request
Form to request a presentation for your class, event, or student group.
Check out the ERC Calendar to see
schedule for upcoming workshops.
There are so many resources at BU like tutoring, writing help, and more!
Explore all of your options with our Academic Resource Guide: