The Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC) offers services for graduate students to help them engage and thrive in their life and learning at Harvard. Services of particular interest to graduate students include:
Academic counseling: conversations about approaching intellectual and creative work with strategy and purpose; making challenging choices about time and priorities; developing a sense of authenticity and authority in one’s scholarship, relationships, and leadership; dealing with academic stress; discovering and honoring what is vitalizing and meaningful.
Workshops and discussions on topics such as speaking up in class, getting started writing papers, procrastination, perfectionism, dissertation writing, and discerning what is enlivening and fulfilling.
Consultation regarding one’s work with undergraduates in the role of teaching fellow, proctor, or resident tutor (e.g., how to engage and support students in their learning; how to approach a student of concern).
Peer consultation for non-native English speakers and international students to improve speaking and listening skills in English (for presentation, class discussion, and conversation) and to better understand US and Harvard cultures. Peer consultants are usually Harvard College undergraduates.
Peer tutoring to refresh one’s knowledge about a particular subject area. Peer tutors are usually Harvard College undergraduates. Graduate students are encouraged to become peer tutors; tutoring offers an opportunity to connect with undergraduates and develop one’s teaching skills.
Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies, a non-credit mini-course to help students and professionals develop a repertoire of active reading strategies and approaches with which to read more effectively and efficiently.
BSC services are private in keeping with applicable Harvard University policies. The BSC’s academic counselors are not required to report Title IX–related incidents (sexual assault/harassment/discrimination) to a Title IX Coordinator.