Learning through practice, problem-solving, and applying concepts.

"My peer educator really made us think about the steps and angles of developing a solution. At the same time, I was enrolled in an ECE course and my instructor for that course was having us think this way too. I’m realizing this is engineering and how engineers think about problems and solutions."
- 1st year Electrical Engineering Student

Engineering Learning Communities are formal study groups that bring engineering students into a supportive environment where they can develop confidence, strengthen study skills, and learn the value of collaborative study. This small academic environment seeks to increase student mastery and motivation by eliminating the intimidating large classes that engineering students experience particularly in the freshman year. Learning Communities at other institutions have proven effective in improving grades, motivation, and learning over the past 2 years.

What you can expect from the Engineering Learning Communities program:

  • Weekly 2 hours problem solving sessions with a Peer Educator.
  • Collaboration with other participants, teaching and learning from each other.
  • Tips and guidance on how to prepare for examinations, how to best study, and how to best use course books and materials.
  • Additional academic support through office hours held by each Peer Educator.

Read an article about the Engineering Learning Communities here.

Engineering Learning Communities are offered throughout the academic year to provide academic support for core engineering pre-requisite classes. Schedules vary each quarter in conjunction with Calculus/Physics/Chemistry courses offered.

Chem 6A

Monday 1-2:50PM
Monday 5-6:50PM
Wednesday 5-6:50PM


Physics 2A

Wednesday 11-12:50PM

Physics 2C

Wednesday 3-4:50PM
Thursday 5-6:50PM


Math 20A

Monday 7-8:50PM

Math 20B

Tuesday 3-4:50PM
Tuesday 5-6:50PM

Math 20C

Tuesday 11-12:50PM
Wednesday 7-8:50PM
Thursday 1-2:50PM

Math 20D

Tuesday 7-8:50PM
Wednesday 1-2:50PM

Math 20E

Tuesday 1-2:50PM

Math 18

Monday 3-4:50PM
Thursday 7-8:50PM


MAE 130A - Mechanics 1:Statics

Thursdays: 3-4:50PM

The IDEA Engineering Learning Communities are held in Jacobs Hall B805 .

To get to the IDEA Engineering Learning Communities, take the stairs from Warren Mall (closest to Bioengineering Building) to the Jacobs Hall basement courtyard, where main entrance to the IDEA Engineering Learning Communities is located.

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Luis Calle

Hey there! My name is Luis and I’m a second-year Aerospace Engineering student from Warren College. I’m a San Diego native from North Park but I lived in Lima, Peru from 2008 to 2016 in a small beach town called Chucuito. Some of my hobbies include reading sci-fi and non-fiction books, watching movies and TV Shows (Star Wars, Tarantino, and anything from HBO are gold), jogging, practicing aikido, playing the violin, going out with friends, and of course: sleeping. After school, I want to work in the aerospace industry, especially on any of the future space missions that involve Mars or the moon! Feel free to contact me with any questions and I’ll be happy to help!


Min Faye Chua

Hi! My name is Min Faye, and I am a third-year electrical engineering major. I am not sure what I will specialize in, but I am leaning towards power. I am from Orange County. I love living in SoCal but I hope to do my graduate studies on the East Coast. In my free time, I try to stay active whether it is going to the gym or the pool. I also enjoy baking cookies and going to the beach. My goal as a facilitator is to help you learn and understand the material, so if you have any questions don't be afraid to ask!


Janessa Duque

Hello! My name is Janessa Duque. I'm a third year Chemical Engineering major interested in the materials of electronic devices. I enjoy dancing, watching anime, and barista-ing.


Justin Hover

Hey! My name is Justin, and I am a third-year Bioengineering: Biotechnology major with a minor in Business. I am from Revelle College, so shoutout to all those fellow Revellians! While at UCSD, I have been a part of the IDEA Summer Engineering Institute (2016) and have also done two years of research. My main interests are watching/talking about sports, binge watching Netflix (I mean, who doesn’t?), and listening to music. I started tutoring in Winter 2018 and have found a passion for teaching. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have, and I look forward to helping you being successful this year!


Surabhi Kalyan

Hi, my name is Surabhi Kalyan, and I am a 4th year Bioengineering: Biosystems student from Chicago, Illinois. I've been facilitating Math 20D ELC sections for almost a year and am excited for the next. I currently work in Professor Cauwenbergh's Neuromorphic Engineering Lab, focusing on developing machine learning algorithms for low-power biosensors signal classification. I love the application of engineering to medicine, and I hope to work in the medical device industry in the near future. Outside of the depths of the engineering buildings, you can catch me taking long walks on the beach, bouldering at Canyon View, and making a mean mac and cheese.


Melissa Perez

Hi! My name is Melissa and I am a 4th year Mechanical Engineering major originally from Montebello,CA. My hobbies include playing soccer, tennis, and watching Netflix. I chose to be a tutor for Math because it has always been my favorite subject and is the subject that I feel the most confident in. This will be my third year as a peer facilitator for the IDEA student center. I really enjoy being able to help students out in a subject that I enjoy. Feel free to come to me with any problems that you might have and I'll try my best to help!


Aaron Ramos

Hello! My name is Aaron and I am a 2nd year Chemical Engineering major at UCSD. I'm originally from San Leandro, which is a little town up in NorCal near San Francisco. Some of my hobbies include playing piano, going on runs, playing volleyball, and writing poetry. Although I'm still exploring interests for what I want to do in the future, I'm particularly interested by the medicinal applications of chemical engineering because I have always been passionate about wanting to help others in whatever way I can.


Adrianna Stopol

Hello! My name is Adrianna and I’m a second year Mechanical Engineering major in Muir College. I chose this major because I have always been passionate about math, science, and design. In my free time, I love making things, whether it’s painting, woodcarving, sewing, or making that fire nation armor for Comic-Con. I also enjoy playing the violin and going surfing. Other talents include an excessive love of math that makes all of my non-STEM friends think I’m crazy and an abnormal amount of school pride (Go Tritons!). After I graduate, I hope to pursue graduate studies and then go on to work in product design at a super cool company. Feel free to contact me with any of your non-chemistry related questions! I’d love to help!


Nathaniel Villarreal

My name is Nathaniel Villarreal. I am a third year Aerospace Engineering Major from Revelle College. I grew up in Soledad California, a small agricultural town in Monterey county. I enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, netflixing and I have a passion for anything that flies. After graduating I want to work in the Aerospace industry and help design the future of air travel. I eventually want to earn my pilot's license and fly small aircraft recreationally.


Aaron Yonamine

My name is Aaron Yonamine, I am a fourth year Mechanical Engineering student. I am from Honolulu, Hawaii. I played water polo and soccer in high school and continue to play these sports for fun here at UCSD through IMs. In lieu of playing club and varsity sports, I picked up powerlifting once I got to UCSD and continue to train at RIMAC. I like tutoring physics because the subject is so relevant in my major, and it is awesome to see students help each other with a challenging topic and begin to master it together.


Questions: Please contact
Jessica Baldis (jbaldis@ucsd.edu)