Life Skills: Academic Skills

Here you will find Life Skills courses, workshops, and activities to support you in developing the academic skills and reflective habits of mind you need to thrive at BU.

CAS FY 103 Academic Strategies: Mastering the Art of Learning (CAS)
Weekly course offered in the fall and spring semesters. Topics include: time management, learning styles, test-taking strategies, creating in-class presentations, developing methodical approaches to decision-making, and cultivating meaningful relationships with professors.

Writing, Speaking, and Multimedia Assistance (CAS Writing Program)
The CAS Writing Center offers one-on-one appointments with trained consultants (peer undergraduates, graduate students, and ESL Specialists) who can answer questions, act as sounding boards, and provide guidance to students working on written, oral/signed, and digital/multimedia projects in the foundational writing courses and other CAS courses.

LEAD BU (Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation)
Build collegiate resilience, emotional agility, academic self-efficacy, and interpersonal relationships.

Writing Assistance (CGS Writing Center)
The Robert Emory Writing Center offers College of General Studies students one-on-one sessions with College of General Studies faculty who will work with students on close reading, thesis development, and organizing and articulating ideas more effectively.

Writing Assistance (COM Writing Center)
The COM Writing Center is staffed by graduate students from all departments in COM. Writing fellows are trained to assist students at each level of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to revising the final draft. The result is stronger, clearer, and more fluid writing.

Academic Skills Advising (Educational Resource Center)
ERC professional staff members are available to meet with students to help them develop a personalized plan for their academic achievement, with a focus on time management, organization, study skills, and individual challenges to success.

Academic Skills Workshops (Educational Resource Center)
The ERC organizes workshops for student groups, faculty, or departments focusing on various academic skills-related topics.

Peer Tutoring (Educational Resource Center)
ERC peer tutors can complement classroom experience by providing students with additional support and guidance to better understand course content and develop effective study skills.

Writing Assistance (Educational Resource Center)
The ERC offers one-on-one sessions with trained writing fellows who will listen and suggest ways to resolve your concerns about clarity and argument, helping you to organize and articulate your own ideas more effectively. These appointments are designed for students who are working on any stage of a written assignment: brainstorming, drafting, or revising.  Open to any student, in any course, for any writing assignment.

ENG Undergraduate Tutoring Center (ENG)
Free tutoring staffed by successful College of Engineering (ENG) students in ENG core classes. Tutoring is available for required courses for entering first-year and sophomore ENG students, and for some junior and senior level ENG courses.

Lock Honorary Service Society Peer Tutoring Program (Questrom)
Questrom provides peer tutoring support for all required courses through the Lock Honorary Service Society peer tutoring program.

Undergraduate Academic & Career Development Center Workshops & Programs (Questrom)
Academic Advisors from the Undergraduate Academic & Career Development Center (UDC) provide frequent academic workshops, panels, and other programs to support students in maximizing their learning and academic success. Many are directed specifically to entering first-year students through QST SM 131 to support the transition to Questrom and Boston University, but additionally the UDC offers an Academic Support Program designed for all students facing academic challenges.