When Section materials
Week 10 S8. Tree Encoding
Week 8 S7. Trees
Week 7 S6. Memory Management, Pointers, and Linked Lists
Week 6 S5. Classes and Dynamic Memory
Week 5 S4. Recursive Backtracking
Week 4 S3. Recursion and Big O
Week 3 S2. ADTs
Week 2 S1. C++ fundamentals

Common questions about section

What are sections?

Starting in Week 2, you’ll meet in a weekly 50-minute small group discussion. The discussion will be facilitated by your section leader, who also serves as your mentor and grader. Each week we publish a set of section problems that follow onto the lecture topics and students will collaboratively work on these problems in section to deepen their understanding.

How do I sign up for section?

Section signups are handled on the CS198 section portal (do not sign-up for sections on Axess). The section portal will open signups on Thursday, September 28 at 5:00 pm and close on Sunday, October 1 at 5:00 pm. Section sign-ups are not first-come first-serve, rather all students rank their preferences and after submissions close, we arrange a workable schedule for everyone. 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?

The most important preparation 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 expected 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 : Attended for full section period, came prepared, followed section norms, actively participated in an engaged manner
  • 1 : Arrived late/left early or had limited participation, was not fully prepared
  • 0 : Did not attend, or disregarded section norms, was not engaged

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 CS106B. Come join us! Information about applying can be found on the CS198 Website.