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Posted: June 25

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is offering tutoring, reading and argument coaching, and walk-ins appointments during summer 2019.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is offering tutoring, reading and argument coaching, and walk-ins appointments during summer 2019.

Tutoring

Appointments can be made up to two weeks in advance through our online appointment system.

Tutoring Center
601 Lewisohn Hall

Walk-in Hours | Summer 2019

Mondays

  • General Chemistry I & II: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Organic Chemistry I & II: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Physics I & II: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
     
  • Pre-Calculus: 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Calculus I, II, & III: 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Statistics w/ Calculus: 1 - 3 p.m.

Contact
Phone: (212) 854-4097
Fax: (212) 851-0750
gs-arc@columbia.edu
 

Reading & Argument Coaching

Speaking the language of a text doesn't always guarantee you'll understand what it says. And even when you do understand what it says, that doesn't necessarily mean you know how to craft an argument in response. The ARC's reading and argument coaches are trained peer facilitators who can help students make sense of what they're looking at and come up with a plan for what to do with it—without doing the work for them, and while respecting the Columbia University Code of Honor.

Reading and argument coaches can help students:

  • Learn to pre-read more effectively
  • Learn to identify the different types of demands made by different types of texts (i.e., how to approach a textbook versus a literary text versus a critical article)
  • Learn to efficiently manage large volumes of text
  • Learn to critically approach a text about which you will be writing a paper
  • Better understand what makes a good argument, and how to make a good argument

To learn more, email gs-arc@columbia.edu.

Posted: May 14

Throughout the academic year, GS Student Life and the Dean of Students Office host a variety of events for the GS community in which Student Life volunteers may be involved. These events include Postbac Planning Day, New Student Orientation, meet & greets, alumni events, and memorials. Through their service, volunteers have the opportunity to develop relationships with new and current students and administrators, as well as to foster a welcoming community for postbac students.

Throughout the academic year, GS Student Life and the Dean of Students Office host a variety of events for the GS community in which Student Life volunteers may be involved. These events include Postbac Planning Day, New Student Orientation, meet & greets, alumni events, and memorials. Through their service, volunteers have the opportunity to develop relationships with new and current students and administrators, as well as to foster a welcoming community for postbac students.

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Posted: May 6

The School of General Studies Academic Resource Center (ARC) is hiring tutors.

Description
The ARC is dedicated to supporting the diverse nontraditional student body at GS in achieving academic excellence, and we could not do this without our talented staff of Columbia undergraduate, postbac, and graduate students.

At the ARC, our approach is 100 percent student-centered. We understand that every student comes into the University with unique educational and life experiences; our job is to provide the resources necessary to translate each unique resume into a successful Columbia experience. That’s true for the students we support, and it’s true for the student tutors, coaches, and administrative staff who join our team.

Our tutors are our front lines in supporting students in math, science, economics, and foreign languages. As a tutor, you would:

  • Provide academic support to students in specific subject areas, individually and in pairs
  • Facilitate larger recitation-style review groups
  • Assist students in developing good learning strategies and habits
  • Help alert GS students to other resources available to them
  • Increase your own mastery of the subject you tutor
  • Gain valuable professional development through regular training and close contact with ARC leadership

Tutoring is a challenging and rewarding experience. It requires dedication and a genuine interest in helping others through the learning process. It offers the chance to develop intellectually and professionally, and to make a real contribution to the Columbia community. If that is of interest, we sincerely hope you will apply.

The School of General Studies Academic Resource Center (ARC) is hiring tutors for the summer 2019 and fall 2019 semesters. The ARC is in need of tutors for the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics I & II
  • Calculus: Pre-calculus, Calc. I, II, & III
  • Statistics
  • Calculus-based Statistics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Economics: Principles of Econ, Intermediate Macro and Micro, and Intro to Econometrics
  • French

Compensation
$20 per hour- undergraduate students; $25 per hour- graduate and postbac students

Apply
For more information and to apply, please visit the ARC website

Course Dates and Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Registration is open to all students for the Fall 2019 section of the four-point course SCNC UN1212: Foundations of Science. Taught by Professor David Helfand, this course is aimed toward students who would be potentially interested in STEM disciplines, but do not have the science and math background for the introductory level courses. This course also fulfills the QR and science requirements.

Course Description

Registration is open to all students for the Fall 2019 section of the four-point course SCNC UN1212: Foundations of Science. Taught by Professor David Helfand, this course is aimed toward students who would be potentially interested in STEM disciplines, but do not have the science and math background for the introductory level courses. This course also fulfills the QR and science requirements.

Using modern, student-centered, active and collaborative learning techniques, students will engage — through field observations, in-class experiments, computer simulations, and selected readings — with a range of ideas and techniques designed to integrate and anchor scientific habits of mind. Throughout the term, each student will satisfy a detailed set of rubrics by documenting their learning in reflective e-portfolio postings designed to serve as a future reference for how they, individually, went from not understanding an idea to understanding it. Topics covered will include statistics, basic probability, a variety of calculations skills, graph reading and estimation, all aimed at elucidating such concepts as energy, matter, cells, and genes in the context of astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, neuroscience, and physics.

Credits: 4

Grading: Standard

For more information about this seminar, visit the CU Directory of Classes.

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