BIR - Learning Center in Chicago

The Learning Center

Peace Choi (BIR Student) I like my tutor because she makes me feel comfortable while tutoring, and she always encourages me to study English more and more.

The BIR Learning Center provides tutoring, a student library and various services and resources for instructors.

Student Friendly Websites

Do you want to improve your English faster? Do you like to study on your own? Try our new “Student Friendly Websites,” a group of helpful self-study websites recommended by the Learning Center (LC) and Academic Support Staff at BIR.
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The Learning Center offers one-on-one and small group tutoring in ESL, IELTS™, TOEFL®, and other subjects. We are dedicated to helping students become independent learners and develop skills and strategies they can apply both in the classroom and in their daily lives. Students at the Learning Center have more opportunities to ask questions, use what they’ve learned, and receive feedback from the tutor than in a regular class. This interaction is a very important part of the learning process. Students and tutors aren't bound by any class curriculum, freeing students to improve whichever skills they want to work on (conversation, reading, writing, etc...)

Please click here to request tutoring. (Current BIR Students only)


We have libraries at the Loop and Devon locations catering to students and instructors in our English language and career programs. For our English language and test preparation students, we offer textbooks, graded readers, magazines, newspapers, and dictionaries. Readers, categorized from Beginner to Advanced English proficiency, are available for check out for up to three weeks. Some books include CDs to enhance the reading experience. We have computer programs from which students gain valuable practice in English skills, TOEFL®, and typing. For instructors and tutors, we have an array of curriculum enhancing materials covering such topics as grammar, pronunciation, business English, and TOEFL® preparation. These materials are available for students’ and instructors’ use in-house, or may be checked out by instructors for up to three weeks.

The library houses books and magazines relating to BIR’s career programs, including resources for accounting, manufacturing, and healthcare professions. Additionally, we hold titles related to math, typing, and computer skills to support the common core curriculum. These materials are available for students’ and instructors’ use in-house, or may be checked out by instructors for up to three weeks.

The library is open whenever Learning Center staff are present. If Learning Center staff are not present, Student Relations staff are available at all times to open the room on request, assuring that collections are available for use. Library/Learning Center computers are available for playing CDs and DVDs, and classrooms at all locations contain a variety of audiovisual equipment.

The library also hosts a book exchange to promote leisure reading within the BIR community. Gently used books on any topic may be brought in and exchanged for similar books brought in by other users.

Instructor Services

For BIR instructors the Learning Center provides:
  • a variety of materials to supplement classes
  • help finding the best supplemental resource
  • proctoring of make-up exams (by appointment only)


(773) 866-0111 ext. 51




Devon: Lab D-11
Loop: LC Office
Belmont: Lab 1 or 2
Anna Lassak
"I like tutoring because I can learn what I want. I can ask my tutor about everything that I don’t understand. I can study as fast as I want."

Read What BIR students are saying about BIR.
Rangsiya Arunmongkhon
"I think it is very useful for BIR students who want to improve English. It is a great chance. Do not miss it."
Alberto Gastaldi
"For me it is the best way to improve my grammar, my writing, pronunciation and speaking because i can work on the points that i need. Tutors care about my progress."