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Do you have a question you would like answered? Contact Ed Gellenbeck and I will add it to this list.

What hours are the labs open?

Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Holiday weekends: Labs are normally closed all day Saturday, Sunday, and re-open on Monday 1:00-10:00 p.m.

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Are there times when I cannot use the Labs?

During the day (most often on Tuesdays and Thursdays) the Labs are sometimes reserved for class use. On the bulletin board next to each Lab's entrance door is a schedule of these reserved class times.

Occasionally, at the discretion of the course instructor, students not enrolled in the class can work quietly at the unused computers in the back of the Lab.

The three primary labs for supporting pre-major work are Hebeler 203, 204, and 209. Feel free to use any of these labs for completing assignments regardless of which room you attend class lab.

A smaller fourth lab is available for use in Hebeler 218. Feel free to use Hebeler 218 to work on your programming assignments or the tables in the room as a study location.

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Is there anyone available to help with Lab problems?

During the day, check with Mr. Zachary Geesaman, the Computer Science Department's System Analyst and Administrator. Mr Gessaman's office is Hebeler 214B. Mr. Geesaman should be able to help solve your lab and network problems.

From the hours 5:00-10:00 p.m. and on weekends, there should be a computer science student (TA) on duty during evening hours to help with Lab problems such as no printer paper, network problems, etc.

The TA is normally seated in Hebeler 203 with a sign on the computer indicating "TA on Duty". If you cannot locate the TA, check Hebeler 204, 209, or 218 for the TA on Duty sign.

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Getting Help

I'm lost, where can I get help?

Your course instructor is probably the best source for help. Please come by during my office hours for help with course concepts and assignments. If you are unable to come during my office hours, please contact Ed Gellenbeck and we can arrange an alternative meeting time.

Free student tutoring is also available. CS 110 tutoring is available on Wednesdays and Fridays between 1:00-1:50 p.m. in Hebeler 204. Look for Rosie Stahl

The TA on duty from 5:00-10:00 p.m. and on weekends in the Hebeler Labs is also available for help with Java questions. Look for them in Hebeler 203.

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Where can I get a tutor?

Individual tutoring sessions may also be arranged by contacting Ms. Jami Beintema in Hebeler 219. Quite often upper-division computer science majors volunteer to provide tutoring for beginning students. Ask for help before you get behind.

CWU's Academic Achievement Program often has list of students available as computer science tutors.

The ACM student computer club offers free drop-in tutoring sessions.

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Student Study Groups

One of the best strategies for succeeding in this course (and all other courses for that matter) is to form small student study groups and meet regularly outside of class to discuss the course materials.

A key to successful student study groups is a combination of both individual and group work. Before meeting as a group, each individual should consider the concepts or assignments under review. During the group meeting, unanswered questions and hard areas can then be discussed. This approach is much more productive than meeting as a group prior to individual study.

I encourage all CS 110 and 111 students to form these study groups early in the quarter and to meet regularly.

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Ed Gellenbeck, Department of Computer Science, CWU
400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7520