The professional staff in the Center are available to provide academic counseling to students who may need additional guidance to maintain satisfactory progress in their coursework. Students will be encouraged to develop a structured plan to meet their educational objectives and then to utilize the Center and other resources to help reach these goals. Students interested in receiving academic counseling should schedule an appointment with the Center's director by calling (617) 745-3838 or emailing
College Achievement Program (CAP)
The Center is responsible for the administration of the College Achievement Program (CAP) which assists first year students in developing English and mathematics skills to a level appropriate for functioning in the college environment. Students accepted to ENC under the provisions of the CAP are tested for levels of proficiency in English and mathematics, and then placed in appropriate classes in their first year to develop these skills. Students in the CAP will be enrolled in the First Year Seminar course and based on placement testing will take one or more of the following courses:
- Writing for College
- Reading for College
- Fundamentals of Math
- Math for College
Group Study Sessions
For classes where there are a minimum of four students needing similar study assistance, the Center will arrange for the development of a small study group session, select a tutor and form the group at no cost to the interested students. A group of students wishing to form a study group should contact
Learning Disabilities Accommodation
The Center holds the responsibility for maintaining certification files, providing academic support and intervention for students who have specific physical or learning disabilities. In order for the Center to be fully effective, students must take the initiative in providing medical certification to the director. A specific explanation of these services is available from the director of the Center.
Paper Editing/ Drop In Tutoring
The Center offices, located on the ground floor of the ENC Learning Commons, are open for drop-in tutoring during afternoon and evening hours. The Center is staffed with honors-level peer tutors, who are trained to assist students with
Hours of operation are posted each semester. No appointment is necessary, but students are able to sign up in advance to work with a particular tutor. Check the CAS Tutoring Calendar for specific times and subject specialties.
For many of the first and second year core courses, the Center provides supplemental instruction (SI) reinforcement to students. Under this program, upper division honors students are hired to confer with the instructor on
- Course material
- Attend the class sessions
- Offer to students in the class additional evening opportunities to review the lecture material, ask additional questions, and prepare for tests.
- Students who attend SI on a regular basis (at least once a week) average one letter grade higher than their peers who do not choose to attend. SI sessions are offered in multiple courses.
Check the SI Calendar for the full offering of courses, times, and locations.
The Center accommodates certified physical or learning-disabled students who require quiet space, an untimed environment or a physical accommodation. Students in every case must work with the specific course instructor to set up these testing situations. Testing times in CAS must be reserved 48 hours in advance using the online form.
One-to-One Peer Tutoring
Students desiring specific academic assistance in a particular subject may request a peer tutor who will agree to meet the student on a regular basis. There is no cost to the student for this service, but students are limited to one hour of tutoring per subject per week. The Center maintains a list of trained tutors, matches tutor to tutee, subsidizes the cost of the tutor and oversees the completion of the arrangement. Students interested in arranging for a tutor should file a request form.