Academic Skills Building

In addition to the Career and Academic Resource Center's video archive and free live webinars, the following study skills services are available to registered Harvard Extension School students.

Online Study Skills Tools

Throughout the year, you can access the Bureau of Study Counsel’s handouts that cover academic topics such as anxiety, concentration, memory, motivation, note-taking, and procrastination. 

You can also access the Career and Academic Resource Center site to take:

  1. Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) to obtain an assessment of your current study skills and habits.
  2. Becoming a Strategic Learner, a longer set of modules that teach you proven study skills techniques that can help ensure strong academic performance.

Both tools have been created after extensive research, development, and testing.

Online Writing Resources

The Harvard College Writing Program provides a number of writing resources. Sources include HarvardWrites, where Harvard faculty talk about academic writing, handouts on various aspects of the essay writing process (e.g., developing a thesis, tips on grammar, conclusions), and discipline-specific writing guides (e.g., brief guide to writing the history paper, brief guide to writing the psychology paper, and a guide to philosophical writing).

Also see the Harvard Extension School writing centeracademic integrity policies, and tips to avoid plagiarism.

Courses in Reading and Study Strategies 

The Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies offered by the Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC), focuses on reading comprehension and speed-reading skills. The course meets for two weeks every semester (fall, spring, and summer) for one hour a day (Monday to Friday). Ordinarily, you can choose an early morning (8 to 9 am) or late afternoon (4 to 5 pm) session. The fee is $150 (discounted rate of $75 for admitted HES degree candidates and Premedical Program participants). Please visit the BSC website for more information and schedule, or call (617) 495-2581.


Writing and math tutors are available for local and distance students through the Writing Center and Math Question Center. For other subjects and for a fee, you can contact Harvard Student Agencies.

We also recommend contacting your teaching fellow or instructor and consider forming a study group. 

Degree Candidate and Premedical Program Counseling and Tutoring Resources

The BSC provides subject-matter tutoring and individual academic counseling to a limited number of degree candidates and Premedical Program participants on a referral basis. Talk to your academic advisor.

Counseling: You can explore potential difficulties and blocks to your learning with a trained counselor. This can be particularly helpful if you are having trouble with procrastination, test anxiety, or perfectionism.

Tutoring: You can be matched with a Harvard College student to support your basic economics, foreign language, math, and science learning. Maximum tutoring hours per week is four hours. 

For more information, please review the Bureau of Study Counsel Information and Referral Form.