The Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC) offers services for graduate students designed to help them thrive in their academic life and at Harvard. BSC Services include academic counseling to address time management, motivation, and meeting the academic demands of graduate study, and consultation regarding graduate students’ work with undergraduates as tutors, proctors, or teaching fellows. The BSC also holds workshops and discussion groups about study skills and student life.

The BSC also offers peer tutoring to help non-native English speakers improve their speaking and listening skills, and helps international students develop a better understanding of U.S. and Harvard cultures. 

Students struggling with their reading assignments are encouraged to enroll in the BSC's Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies. In this course, students learn to read purposefully and selectively, with greater speed and comprehension. Students gain a better sense of control over their reading and studying.