Academic Support

Looking to sharpen your academic skills?

Do you ever lose track of time? Do you sit down to read for class but find yourself losing track of what the author is saying? Are you concerned that your note taking or test taking strategies aren’t working for your current courses?

The Educational Resource Center offers several services to help BU undergraduate and graduate students become confident, independent, and lifelong learners: Academic Skills Advising, Academic Skills Workshops, and an FY103 course—Academic Strategies: Mastering the Art of Learning. Click the links below to learn more!

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Academic Skills Advising

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Academics at BU can be difficult to navigate, but you don’t have to figure it out alone. We are here to help!

During a 45 minute Academic Skills Advising appointment, you’ll meet one-on-one with a professional staff member to discuss your academic journey and build on your strengths. Common topics addressed during Academic Skills Advising appointments include time management, organization, study skills, exam prep and test taking techniques, stress and anxiety. During your appointment, our staff will work with you to develop a personalized plan for your academic success, and you will leave with tangible strategies to use moving forward.

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 and time that works best for you.

If you don’t have a Handshake account and are eligible, you can request one here. Note: Professional school students, online students, BU Academy Students, and non-degree students, should request Academic Skills Advising via this form as they are not able to book appointments through Handshake at this time.

Cancelling or Rescheduling Your Appointment

To cancel, visit the Career Center drop-down menu and select Appointments. Click on the appointment you wish to cancel, then click the red “Cancel” button. To reschedule, cancel your existing appointment, then schedule a new appointment.

Note: cancelling an appointment less than 24 hours in advance is considered a no-show. Please review counseling appointment policies for related policies and consequences. If you have additional questions, please contact Kailee Traficante for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Academic Skills Workshops

Looking for new strategies to manage your time better, improve your study skills, and perform better on different test formats? Our Academic Skills Workshops are the perfect way to brush up your skills. Best of all, they are open to all BU undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff. Check out the descriptions of our current workshops below, then visit the ERC Calendar to sign up for an upcoming session!

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.

Currently offered workshops are:


FY103: Academic Strategies is a nine week course designed for undergraduate students who want to take control of their academic success. Throughout the course, you will become aware of your strengths and identify tools to address academic challenges. The topics covered in this course will empower you to become more self-aware as a learner while developing skills that will support your success in college and beyond. The course is open to current BU undergraduate students.

To learn more about the course, visit the FY103: Academic Strategies website.