The tutors in our Student Success Center, Barnard Hall 259, are generally available to assist students in lower division computer science courses.

Important Change

  • Due to COVID-19, in-person tutoring might or might not be available during Fall 2020.
  • If in-person tutoring is not possible, tutors will be available remotely.  In this case, the two of you can arrange how best to proceed (e.g. e-mail, text, phone, WebEx, Skype).
  • This page will be updated before Fall Semester begins.
Tutoring Schedule
Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00 a.m.          
9:00 a.m.          
10:00 a.m.          
11:00 a.m.  


1:10 p.m.          
2:10 p.m.    
3:10 p.m.    
4:10 p.m.          
5:10 p.m.          
6:00 p.m.  

7:00 p.m.  

8:00 p.m.  

9:00 p.m.          

General Information

  • Where is the tutoring center located? Barnard Hall 259.
  • What general tips do you have for learning computer science?  Read these tips.
  • Who can seek help? Students taking lower division computer science courses.
  • Who are the tutors? Graduate Teaching Assistants, Computer Science majors, and members of AWC and ACM.
  • When is the first day of tutoring? Monday, August 24th, 2020.
  • When is the last day of tutoring? Friday, November 20th, 2020.
  • Is the tutoring center open on MSU holidays? No.
  • Can I volunteer to tutor? Yes! It requires a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week. Please e-mail
  • Kudos, complaints or suggestions?  E-mail


  • A tutor should be able to assist with the following first year courses: CSCI 107 (The Joy and Beauty of Computing), CSCI 127 (The Joy and Beauty of Data), CSCI 132 (Basic Data Structures and Algorithms) and CS 145 (Web Design).
  • Some tutors will be able to assist with the following second year courses: CSCI 112 (C), CSCI 215 (Social & Ethical Issues), CSCI 232 (Data Structures and Algorithms) and CSCI 246 (Discrete Structures).
  • Tutors are not experts and are not necessarily familiar with your assignment. Students seeking help on assignments should understand the assignment well enough to explain it.
  • Tutors are available to answer targeted questions and to explain general concepts. Tutors are not there to do your work for you.
  • If the tutor is a teaching assistant (see names below), that person has been hired to help with a specific course. The teaching assistant will prioritize his or her time so that students in that specific course have top priority.
  • Both tutors and tutees should be polite and professional.
  • Send suggestions for improvement and feedback to John Paxton.


  • Teaching Assistants:  TBA
  • Undergraduate Course Assistants: TBA
  • Sonderegger Tutors: TBA
  • CSCI 495 Students: TBA
  • Volunteers: TBA