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How to Succeed in CS Courses


  • Alex Patel Fellows
    Select courses (CS 51, CS 61, CS 121, and CS 124) have the additional support of an Alex Patel Fellow. The Fellows help students for whom the normal course support channels are insufficient: students who need tutoring, not simply answers to questions. Fellows are assigned to appropriate Computer Science courses and augment course staff by providing individual tutoring to students. Although the Fellows are part of the course staff, they do not participate in grading, section, or regular office hours; instead they focus their time on providing one-on-one tutoring.
  • The Academic Resource Center
    The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is a resource for students (and graduate students) to help them gain the skills they need to succeed in an academic environment and beyond. It offers peer tutoring, workshops, study spaces, and academic coaching.
  • The Accessible Education Office
    The Accessible Education Office (AEO) serves students with disabilities to ensure equity, inclusion, and access in all areas of student life. Our office works in partnership with Harvard faculty, staff, and students to develop and implement accessibility plans based on individualized assessments of student needs.
  • Course Staff
    Your course staff–the teaching assistants, course assistants, and head instructors–all want you to succeed and learn. Please talk to them about your questions, concerns, and difficulty.
  • The CS DUS/Advising Team
    The Computer Science Directors of Undergraduate Studies and the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, are always happy to meet with students. Please see their office hours at the link above or email cs-dus@seas.harvard.edu.
  • Peers
    Students who have study partners do better than those who do not have partners. Within the bounds of your courses’s collaboration policy, we strongly suggest finding peers for learning together.

Peer Advice

  • WiCS Academic Support Guide
    WiCS Advocacy compiled possible academic resources available to support Harvard Computer Science students with the hope of expanding your awareness of when and why one may access different forms of academic support (October 2020).