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The Connors Family Learning Center

about the center

The Connors Family Learning Center exists to support and enhance all aspects of academic excellence by helping undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty improve learning quality and teaching effectiveness. The Center, which opened its doors in September 1991, is located on the second floor of O'Neill Library in the Eileen M. and John M. Connors, Jr. Learning Center. Being located in O’Neill Library, allows the Connors Family Learning Center to maintain an important role in the academic life of the University. The Connors Family Learning Center is a comprehensive, inclusive resource serving all of the University's students and faculty.

To address the needs of the great majority of Boston College students, the Center provides free tutoring in more than 60 courses including Writing and English as a Second Language. Tutors at the Connors Family Learning Center are undergraduate and graduate students in high academic standing and have been recommended to the CFLC by their professors. All tutors at the Connors Family Learning Center are CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) certified or in the process of becoming CRLA certified.

In addition, one of the Center's professional staff members assists students with learning disabilities, helping to ensure their academic success at Boston College. Tutoring and other academic support services are all free of charge to Boston College students and instructors. The Center also sponsors seminars, workshops, and discussions for faculty and graduate teaching fellows on strategies for successful teaching and learning. Through these and other activities, The Connors Family Learning Center plays an increasingly important role in enhancing the quality of academic life at Boston College.

Please call (617) 552-0611 for tutoring appointments or (617) 552-8055 for all other information.

Mailing Address:

The Connors Family Learning Center
O'Neill Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

 Kathy Duggan, Director

BA, M.Ed., Ph.D., Special Education, Boston College
In addition to overseeing the various services of the CFLC, Kathy coordinates all services for students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD at Boston College. She reviews documentation and approves accommodations for students with disabilities. Kathy consults with both faculty and staff around disability issues and screens students experiencing academic difficulty. Her office is located in the CFLC.
Phone: 617-552-8093 |


Cecilie Reid-Joyner, Associate Director  

Ph.D., History, Boston College
Cecilie coordinates all tutoring and supplemental instruction services at the CFLC. She is responsible for hiring the CFLC student staff. Cecilie works with Learning Resources for Student Athletes, Learning to Learn and AHANA to coordinate campus wide tutor training. She also teaches Cornerstone. Her office is located in the CFLC.
Phone: 617-552-4053 |


Ildiko Szekely, Assistant Director

M.Ed, Education, University of California, Berkeley

Ildiko provides specialized academic support for student with Learning Disabilities and AD(H)D at Boston College. In addition, she offers one-on-one and small group workshops for students who need additional support with specific academic skills, such as time-management, writing, study-skills, as well as strategies pertaining to transitioning into post-secondary education. Her office is located in the CFLC.

Phone:  617-552-0835 |


Mary Rajner, Testing Services and Department Administrator

BA, MS, Boston College

Mary provides administrative assistance for the Center and the CFLC staff. In addition to handling the budget and payroll, she oversees the administration of accommodated exams for students with disabilities by coordinating with faculty and student proctors. Her office is in O’Neill Library 200A.
Phone: 617-552-8055 |


(617) 552-8055

(617) 552-0611

(617) 552-6075