Academic Support Services

What did you do that no one made you do?

This is the most important question for candidates need to answer at interviews, according to every industry leader we have spoken with. What did you do that was above and beyond simply attending class and doing the minimum work required? Your answer to this question demonstrates your commitment, motivation, passion, work ethic, problem solving skills, teamwork skills and positive attitude, all qualities that make you stand out in applications to industry or graduate school.

Above and Beyond 20+ Hours per Week

To support and facilitate the development of an excellent answer to this question for each individual student, School of Computing & Design gives you support and space to become part of a learning community and go above and beyond:

To achieve maximum results, we believe students MUST work 20+ hours a week beyond class time on their academic and personal growth! Go Above & Beyond!

Find out more about our academic support activities below and visit this page regularly for updates. Write to us at if you have any questions or suggestions.

Study time and the lab

To support student success and community in the department, space in the BIT building has been dedicated for students studying computing. The rooms are available, except in the rare case when there is an activity scheduled. Please note that this room can become very full. In that event, small study groups can move to find space in the BIT lobby areas or library.

Room Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
230 7:30a - 7:00p 7:30a - 10:00p 7:30a - 7:00p 7:30a - 10:00p 7:30a - 10:00p
202  7:30a - 10:00a, 2:00p - 6:00p, 8:00p - 10:00p 7:30a - 12:00p, 2:00p - 10:00p 7:30a - 10:00a, 2:00p - 6:00p, 8:00p - 10:00p 7:30a - 12:00p, 2:00p - 4:00p, 6:00 - 10:00p 7:30a - 12:00p, 2:00p - 10:00p, 

We hope this reserved space promotes a consistent investment in studying and the formation of study groups among our students. We encourage you to study in these locations in order to get ahead in classes, meet other computing students, and get help from TA++s.

TA++ program

All office hours are held in BIT 230 and BIT 202.

TA++ Office Hours

A TA++ is a student serving as a TA (and more) for a computing course. TA++s are trained to tutor in computing subjects, and attend weekly training sessions together. TA++s may also help during course lab time or aid the course instructor in other ways. A TA++ is paired with most computing courses.

For questions about the TA++ program, check out the TA++ website.

Need help with writing, math, science, technology, and other general education courses? Check out the Collaborative Learning Center. They are located next door at Tanimura & Antle Library, 2nd floor (room 2125).

Interested in becoming a TA++? We are looking for students who have a dedication to high standards, great content knowledge, and the willingness to help others. Watch for applications 5-6 weeks before the end of the semester on the TA++ website.

ABCs - Professional Development Workshop

ABCs, short for Above and Beyond Computer Science, is a weekly professional development workshop offered every Fridays 2-5pm in Library 1188. All sophomore, junior and senior students are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop. In our experience, students who participate in ABCs have significantly higher chance of getting internship and job offers. Hiring organizations and friends from industry (including Facebook, Google, Pixar, Quizlet, Salesforce, Uber and VmWare) will be invited to present, conduct mock and real interview during this time. The workshop is sequential (resume writing -> applying -> interview prep), so you will derive the most benefit if you attend consistently.

We will start by completing problems in the Programming track of InterviewBit. Additional resources related to ABCs will be provided through this iLearn module.

Also, check out the Opportunity Board for ideas on where to apply for internships, research experiences for undergraduates (REUs), camps, and other ways to increase your employability. This list is not comprehensive, but it should give you a starting place for your search.Are you interested in learning about more opportunities? Join CS-You-Monterey Slack workspace and join the #internship-jobs channel.

Cooperative Learning Center Math Tutoring Hours

There are three ways students can make appointments (for group sessions): call, email, or walk-in.

Phone: 831-582-4104


Location: Library, 2nd floor

For Math 100, 115, 130, 150, 151, 170, 250 tutoring hours, click the button below

Math Tutor Hours

Cooperative Learning Center Writing Support

Option One: Drop-in writing support (no appointment necessary)

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00p - 3:50p
  • Fridays, 11:00a - 2:50p
  • Sundays, 4:00p - 6:50p

Option Two: One-on-one 50-minute appointment with a writing tutor

  • Schedule online:
  • Call: 831.582.4104
  • Visit: Tanimura & Antel Library, Second Floor Suite 2125

Option Three: Online writing tutoring

  • Visit
  • Upload your paper for feedback
  • Receive an email response from a writing tutor
  • Turnaround time usually 24-48 hours

Large format printer

Communication Design students may access the department's large format printer for their class projects.

Software Request

The School of Computing and Design provides certain software to its students. To obtain this software please fill out the request form.

Request Form for Software

The CSUMB Information Technology department also makes some software available for students for free or discounted prices.