The CS Tutoring Center provides peer-to-peer support for computer science students in lower-division courses. See below for details.
The CS Tutoring Center addresses two issues affecting the computer science field: (1) high attrition rates in lower-division computer science courses, and (2) the low percentage of female computer science students. Specifically, the center provides extra support through peer tutoring and workshops for students in lower-division computer science courses, and coordinates with the Women in Computer Science group to help support and encourage female computer science students.
The services provided by the CS Tutoring Center include:
Additionally, tutors coordinate with professors of lower-division courses to find out what topics students are struggling with, setup special tutoring sessions before exams, and help with in-class lab exercises.
Applications for tutors are solicited in the Spring. Ideally, applicants should have already taken the lower-division computer science courses at the University of San Francisco, and already have experience as a teacher assistant.
Selected applicants will receive a Outstanding CS Student-Teachers Award and a tutoring position with the CS Tutoring Center that pays a higher rate than most teacher assistant positions. Oversight and mentoring is provided by a faculty sponsor.
The CS Tutoring Center was launched in Spring 2013 by Professor David Wolber, thanks to a grant from Craig Conway. The funding provided allows us to attract the best students into tutoring positions by paying a higher rate than most teaching assistantships, and supports various social events and workshops sponsored by the CS Tutoring Center.