Brandeis Undergraduate Group Study (BUGS)
BUGS is a program in the Office of Academic Services open to all Brandeis undergraduates which offers tutoring at no cost to students. Group Study Leaders are undergraduates who have successfully completed the relevant course(s), are recommended by faculty, and have been trained by Academic Services. These peer tutors lead sessions to review course material, discuss study strategies, and help prepare for assessments. Please note that the BUGS program is intended to be a supplement to class attendance, course assignments, and meeting with your instructor and/or TA.
BUGS Program FAQs
BUGS tutoring sessions are designed to help you feel comfortable with the course material that you’re learning. What’s covered in a BUGS session depends on the needs of the student, and can range from diving deep into the material from one class to broadly reviewing material from multiple units. While BUGS tutors cannot answer specific questions for you on a homework assignment or test, they can work with you to understand the concepts behind an assessment and walk you through practice problems.
Tutoring is held in person or virtually (via zoom), depending on the student's needs. Students can specify when booking a tutoring session whether they would like to meet in person or virtually. The tutor's meeting location, or zoom link for virtual sessions, is indicated when booking.
Your BUGS session will be most helpful if you have prepared ahead of time and have an idea of what material you would like to review or questions you would like to ask. To get the most out of your time, try to do as much as possible of the following prior to your BUGS session:
- Do your homework, including attempting parts that appear most difficult.
- Review all related material in your textbook(s) and class notes.
- Make a list of questions — try to be specific.
- Prioritize your questions in case you are not able to get to everything in one session.
- Think about how you study for this class so you can talk over additional strategies with the BUGS tutor.
In the case that there is no listed BUGS tutor for the subject area you need help in, there are other available resources at Brandeis which can give you academic support. If you’re struggling in a course, a good first step is to reach out to your Professor and TAs. They may be able to walk you through the material during their office hours or over email, and provide supplementary materials to help you understand the subject area further. Additional resources include:
BUGS tutors have either successfully completed the courses they are tutoring for, or have otherwise demonstrated mastery of the subject material (for example, a language tutor may be a native speaker of that language, or a subject tutor may have earned a high score on an AP examination of that subject).
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To become a BUGS tutor, search for our latest openings by logging into Workday, clicking on the CAREERS worklet, selecting FIND JOBS FOR STUDENTS, and searching for BUGS.