Graduate Students

Programs and services for graduate students

The Educational Resource Center has several programs and services available for graduate students enrolled in BU master’s, professional, and doctoral programs. Click the links below to learn more about our writing accountability groups, specialized workshops, language conversation groups, and more!

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  • English Language Link - click here to learn more and sign up!
  • Click here to check out our upcoming workshops

Academic Skill Building

Academic Skills Advising

Do you want to improve your time management, note taking, or other aspects of their daily academic routine? The ERC offers individualized support through Academic Skills Advising. During a 45 minute Academic Skills Advising appointment, you will meet one-on-one with a professional staff member to hone your study strategies and organizational skills. Students leave their Academic Skills Advising session with a personalized plan for success and tangible strategies to use moving forward.


Throughout the year, the ERC offers academic skills workshops on a variety of topics, ranging from reading strategies to test taking and test anxiety. We also offer workshops tailored to the unique needs of master’s and doctoral students. For a complete schedule of upcoming workshops, visit the ERC calendar.

Our professional staff are also available to lead workshops for your student organization, class, or department! Some of our most popular in-class presentations include Avoiding Plagiarism, Time Management, and Note Taking & Study Skills. Please submit your workshop request at least 10 business days in advance so that our staff can adapt the workshop content to meet your needs.

Writing & Communication

Writing Assistance

With the right help, we believe that everyone can become a better writer! ERC Writing Assistance can support you during all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining, to formatting citations and revising an argument. Our Writing Fellows offer two types of appointments: standard appointments, which are 45 minutes long, and drop-in appointments, which last up to 20 minutes. Visit the Writing Assistance page to learn more and to sign up for an appointment.

Graduate Writing Support

The Educational Resource Center offers comprehensive support for BU master’s, professional, and doctoral students as you complete your thesis or dissertation, draft research proposals, and revise articles. Our Graduate Writing Support programs build cross-disciplinary community to assist your in setting realistic goals and maintaining consistent progress toward your writing objectives. Questions? Email Sarah Garibova, Assistant Director for Outreach.

Language & Culture

Language Link

Open to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alums, our Language Link conversation groups are the perfect opportunity to strengthen and maintain fluency in a second language, heritage or native language! Language Link is also an ideal way to connect with peers from across all departments at BU while engaging another culture. We offer a number of languages, including Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German, and more. Our English Language Link sessions are very popular with BU international students who want to learn more about American popular and professional culture. Visit the Language Link page to learn more and to sign up for a session.

Masters & Professional Student Programs

Master’s Student Lunch & Learn Series

Co-sponsored by the Educational Resource Center (ERC) and the Office of the Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs, the Master’s Student Lunch & Learn Series equips BU master’s students for success in their graduate programs and their professional careers. These workshops feature time management and organizational strategies; techniques for maintaining focus and motivation; and strategies to help you become an independent, lifelong learner. These sessions also provide opportunities to reflect on the graduate experience while proactively translating your academic experience into a marketable professional identity. Keep an eye on the ERC calendar for upcoming workshops in this series!