BSC academic counselors provide consultation to the Harvard community (including students, faculty, teaching fellows, coaches, administrators, student organizations, and staff members) on issues related to students' learning and development. For example, a resident tutor might seek consultation about a student in their entryway who complains of writer's block; an athletic team might seek consultation about how to handle within-team competitiveness; a student organization might request a consultation about leadership or overcommitment or group dynamics; a faculty member might seek consultation about how to support students to become more effective readers; a TF might seek consultation about a student whose performance is widely inconsistent in class discussion vs. on tests.
Please see How to Refer a Student to the Bureau, or contact the BSC to speak with an academic counselor.
BSC academic counselors participate in numerous campus fairs, orientations, panels, trainings, and other outreach activities throughout the year. Each BSC academic counselor is affiliated with one or more of the residential Houses/Yard areas and might, for example, attend residential staff meetings, participate in House/Yard activities, or offer workshops or study breaks on topics of interest to the students. Similarly, each of the graduate schools served by the BSC has a designated academic counselor to serve as outreach liaison and point-person for that school.
BSC academic counselors provide training and supervision for several peer programs of students-helping-students. At the BSC, academic counselors supervise the Peer Tutoring Programs, including On-Call Peer Tutors (OPT), Award Peer Tutors (APT), and Course Assistant/Peer Tutors (CAPT); and the ESL Peer Consultants. BSC academic counselors also provide training and supervision for several of the peer counseling programs overseen by Counseling and Mental Health Service (CAMHS), including Response, Room 13, and Eating Concerns Hotline and Outreach (ECHO).
In addition, the BSC provides training regarding topics such as student learning and development in the college years, listening skills, motivation, the process of writing, problem-solving, connecting with/making effective referrals to campus resources, and models of growth and change to student peer groups such as the DAPAs (Drug and Alcohol Peer Advisors) and PAFs (Freshman Peer Advising Fellows).