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!
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 30 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 30 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:
Overview of ERC Programs and Services Workshop
Get an overview of the services we
provide for academic success including: academic planning; tutoring; time management; study skills; writing
assistance; foreign language conversations and much more.
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.
Note Taking & Study Skills Workshop
Are you tired of cramming for exams? This workshop will help you study smarter, not harder! Set yourself up for success by learning active note taking and study techniques you can use throughout the semester to improve your comprehension and retention of course material.
Test Taking & Test Anxiety Workshop
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.
Time Management & Goal Setting Workshop
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.
Academic Integrity Workshop
This interactive workshop explores the importance of academic integrity in higher education, and addresses the following important questions: What is academic integrity? Why is academic integrity important? What are some of the values associated with academic integrity? Why is integrity important in the realm of higher education? How does the concept of academic integrity transition into environments outside of higher education?
Reading Strategies Workshop
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.
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.
*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: