New Academic Year, New Academic Challenges

Here at Harvard, the Bureau of Study Counsel is a resource center for students’ academic and personal development.  Bureau services include: academic/personal counseling, workshops and discussion groups, Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies, peer tutoring, English as a Second Language peer consultation, referral to other services and resources, either within or outside the Harvard community, self-help materials, and other services offered online or in-person.  This information is particularly valuable to teachers within the Harvard community.

The Bureau of Study Counsel recently came out with a “best of ” collection of the essays, handouts and scholarship on student life and learning that they have produced over the years.  It is a wonderful tool for teachers to learn more about the various challenges and ideas encountered in teaching and learning.  The topics include memory skills; forms of student plagiarism; success, failure, and resilience; student collaboration; and problem-solving in math and science.  View the collection here: In the College Years: Selected Publications of the Bureau of Study Counsel, Harvard University.

The Bureau also produced a helpful brochure which explores issues with students with Learning Disorders (LD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), or other neurological difficulties. These students often encounter special challenges with work and life at college so it is useful for instructors to know the support available to Harvard College students from the Student Mental Health Services (SMHS), Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC), and Accessible Education Office (AEO).   The brochure can be found here:  Resources for Students with LD/ADHD and Other Neurological Difficulties.

One thought on “New Academic Year, New Academic Challenges

  1. I LOVE these – the essays on The Fool and on responding to student work particularly resonated with me. I am moved by what a pastoral presence dwells in them! My only complaint is that this round up does not include “Procrastinator’s Guide to Writing: Reconsidering Beliefs that Keep Us from Engaging with Our Work,” which is one of my favorite pieces of writing from the Bureau.
    Many thanks!

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