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Academic Strategies

The Banacos Academic Center is home to the Academic Strategies Program, as well as the University Tutoring Program, MTEL ComLit Preparation, Disability Services, and our program for students with Learning Disabilities.

Academic strategies are important tools to develop at any stage of a college student’s career. 

The Banacos Academic Center provides limited support to any student who wants to strengthen academic performance. Group and individual sessions are available throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. 



To sign up for an academic strategies workshop through a browser (not MyWestfield). Please go to our Academic Strategies and MTEL ComLit Preparation Scheduler.

Please use one of the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 9 (or higher)
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari
  • Mozilla Firefox

Due to technical difficulties, the posting of the online scheduler and the schedule for the Fall 2019 workshops has been delayed.  Notice with the pertinent information should be given to students shortly.  Thank you for your understanding.

The first Academic Strategies workshop (on academic organizational strategies) will be held on Tuesday, 9/17/19, from 1-2 p.m. In the Banacos Academic Center conference room.  The same workshop will be repeated on Wednesday, 9/25/19, from 2-3 p.m.

Students are asked to bring a NOTEBOOK, one SYLLABUS with assignment schedule, a COURSE TEXTBOOK, and a PEN to each workshop they attend [as well as the specific materials noted below for particular workshops].

Email with questions. 


Please write to for more information.

Planning Toolkit

Below are the pieces of the Academic Strategies Planning Toolkit. Please feel free to grab a few friends, teammates, club members, or classmates, and work together to carve out a regular weekly schedule.  This schedule should be one that includes all aspects of your regularly scheduled week including classes, meals, calls home, play time, appointments, worship, laundry, checking email, taking care of business, club time, study time (which class and where!) and review time for each class. Bring color pencils or pens to color code your schedule.

Read this first: Dear Tool Kit User

Here are the handouts:

The regular weekly schedule serves as a tool for you to think through your week and how you organize it.  Please be reasonable, realistic and respectful of yourself!

Sarah E. Lazare, Director
Katy Milford, Coordinator of Academic Strategies and MTEL ComLit Preparation

last updated


1/30/19, sel