Starting in Week 2, you’ll meet in a weekly 60-minute small group discussion led by your section leader (an undergraduate TA). Your SL also serves as your mentor and grader in the course. The section materials for each week consist of a set of problems for further practice with recent lecture topics. We expect students to attend section and participate with a high level of engagement.

Common questions about sections

How do I sign up for section?

Section signups are conducted on our CS198 section portal (do not sign-up for sections on Axess). Our section portal will open signups on Thursday, September 29 at 5:00 pm PDT and close on Sunday, October 2 at 5:00 pm PDT. Section sign-ups are not first-come first-serve, rather all students rank their preferences and after submissions close, the staff arrange a workable schedule for all. Your assigned section will then be emailed to you.

Where can I find my assigned section?

You can find your section time and meeting location on Paperless.

How do I prepare for section each week?

The most important preperation for section is that you are up to date on lecture viewing. You don't need to have understood everything in lecture perfectly, but your section leader won't be able to effectively guide students through the problems unless everyone is at least caught up on viewing all of the lectures preceding the section.

Where can I find the section problems?

The section problems will be posted on the course website under the "Sections" tab at the beginning of each week. After all sections for the week have met, the section page is updated with the solutions for later review.

Is section participation mandatory? How is it graded?

Active participation in section is required for all students. Choose a participation style that is comfortable for you, including asking questions, contributing answers, and participating in pair discussions with fellow students.

Section participation is credited on this scale:

  • 2 : Showed up to section on time, followed section norms, actively participated in an engaged manner
  • 1 : Showed up to section late and/or had limited participation
  • 0 : Did not show up to section, or did not follow established section norms, was unengaged

Section participation contributes 5% to your final course grade.

What should I do if I must miss a section meeting?

You are welcome to attend an alternate section as a guest for a makeup. Visit the cs198 section portal for the full list of all section times. Tell the section leader whose section you attend that you're attending as a guest so they can pass the participation grade back to your section leader. You can also work the section problems on your own as self-review, but participation credit is specifically earned by attending and participating in a section.

How do I become a section leader myself someday?

You can apply during/after completing 106B. Come join us! Information about applying can be found on the CS198 Website.