What the Tutors Do
This document is an outline of what students and instructors should expect from the Computer Science Tutors of Portland State University. Please contact the CS tutor coordinator, Casey Williams, at willic at pdx dot edu with questions or concerns.
What We Support
The tutors offer supplemental help for students in the following courses offered at PSU:
The tutors can help with:
- Class assignments for the courses listed above
- Accessing the Unix/Linux computer systems in the engineering school
- Using the programming tools on these sytems
The tutors can help by:
- Reviewing and clarifying concepts addressed in class or in the textbook
- Clarifying the meaning of an assignment and making suggestions on how to start an assignment
- Reviewing a student’s code to help diagnose compiler errors or run-time bugs (acting as a “second pair of eyes”)
- Helping students access MCECS computing resources remotely from their personal computers
- Helping students navigate the Unix/Linux command line
- Helping students with the process of editing, compiling, debugging, and executing programs from the command line
The tutors primarily help students in person in the CS lounge. When not helping someone in person, the tutors monitor the tutors’ email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Slack chat system at https://pdx-cs.slack.com/ (Sign up for chat here ). Students physically present in the CS lounge will be given higher priority than students online.
The tutors do not guarantee immediate online help.
What We Do Not Support
The tutors are not responsible for helping students with classes outside of the list of supported classes above. Examples of unsupported classes are:
- CS 105, CS106, or CS classes higher than CS311
- Classes outside of the CS program, whether at PSU or elsewhere
Tutors may try to help with unsupported classes like these, but we make no guarantee that we will be able to help, or that we will have time to help. Tutors must prioritize students who need help in supported classes.
The tutors are not responsible for:
- Fixing a student’s personal computer
- Installing software or operating systems on a student’s personal computer beyond the what is required for CS courses
If a tutor would like to help a student with such an endeavor, the student must understand that neither the tutors nor the CS department are responsible for any mishaps that may befall the student’s computer.