Tutoring & English Support

Are you looking for tutoring services or opportunities to improve your English skills? If so, programs offered by UB may be helpful.

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Tutoring and Academic Support Services

Tutoring and Academic Support Services (TASS) helps undergraduate students raise the bar on their classroom performance by providing resources that open doors to academic success. TASS sets a new standard for academic support at UB, where you’ll find that asking for help is one of the smartest things you can do.

When you work with one of our tutors, you’ll find new ways to approach your studies and gain strategies to overcome the rigors of college-level work. We offer services to meet these needs and more. These services are free to all undergraduate students.

TASS free services for all undergraduate students include:

  • Walk-in tutoring
  • Tutoring by appointment
  • Academic coaches
  • Computers, study areas, events, and skill-building workshops
  • ...and more!

English Language Institute

UB’s English Language Institute (ELI) offers international undergraduate and graduate students both credit-bearing and non-credit courses, as well as opportunities to develop the language skills necessary to succeed in their academic programs.

Center for Excellence in Writing

UB's Center for Excellence in Writing (CEW) offers one-on-one writing consultations to UB students. The consultants discuss essays, reports, application materials, theses, dissertations, etc. They serve as a thoughtful, informed audience for writers across the disciplines and help them make choices about revision.

The CEW also offers an English Conversation Corner, which provides an informal, relaxed atmosphere for students who would like to practice their English conversation skills.

Last, the CEW also offers special programs for graduate students, such as Dissertation Retreats, Writing Groups and Abstract Writing Workshops.

Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic's Accent Modification / Reduction

UB's Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic offers a program which focuses on accent reduction for English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers. The program is individualized for each participant according to his/her speech and language needs. The goal is not to ‘get rid’ of accent but to improve overall speech intelligibility and comprehensibility. 

The program is offered during the semester and is open to community members and UB international faculty and students. It begins with a mandatory comprehensive evaluation to assess speech and language intelligibility and comprehensibility in multiple contexts. The sessions focus on learning the differences between a participant’s native language and Standard American English (SAE) sounds.

To learn more about Accent Modification and how a Speech-Language Pathologist can help, visit the accent modification website.