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
About Engineering Learning Communities
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.
Winter 2022 Schedule and Applications
Tuesday 3-4:40PM (In-person)
Monday 7-8:40PM (In-person)
Tuesday 7-8:40PM (In-person)
Wednesday 3-4:40PM (In-person)
Thursday 7-8:40PM (In-person)
Thursday 1-2:40PM (In-person)
Thursday 3-4:40PM (In-person)
Monday 11-12:40PM (In-person)
Wednesday 7-8:40PM (In-Person)
Monday 5-6:40PM (In-person)
Tuesday 1-2:40PM (In-person)
Wednesday 1-2:40PM (In-person)
Wednesday 5-6:40PM (In-person)
Thursday 11-12:40PM (In-person)
Thursday 5-6:40PM (In-person)
Wednesday 5-6:40PM (In-person)
Wednesday 11-12:40PM (In-person)
Application and Notification Timeline:
ELCs are allocated on a first-come, first serve basis - so apply early!
Week 1: Students are notified of their assigned Engineering Learning Community section and may attend first week sessions (vary by Peer Educator & course)
Week 2: ELCs officially start!
Week 3-4: Students on waitlists will be placed in ELCs as spots become available.
Location of Learning Communities
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.
Meet Our Peer Educators
Hi, my name is Aditi Gandhi and I am a third year Bioengineering: Bioinformatics student. I am originally from the Bay Area, but Southern California has definitely won me over. I enjoy exploring the outdoors, binging an unhealthy amount of tv, and learning new things! After I graduate, I hope to pursue graduate studies and then go on to work in the bioinformatics industry. I look forward to working with you all this upcoming year. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, your success is the ultimate goal!
Hi! My name is Andres and I am a third year Mechanical Engineering major from Sixth College. I’m from La Quinta, CA located in the Coachella Valley. I enjoy watching sports and playing basketball, learning about personal finance and investing, and watching movies. As a peer educator, I not only want to help my peers succeed in their classes, but also aid them in their career development as an engineering student. Please say hi and introduce yourself if you see me around campus or RIMAC (I work there too) and feel free to talk to me about any non-class related interests!
Hello! I'm Andrew Benser. I'm currently a senior at the UCSD pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and minoring in Cognitive Science. Over the summer, I worked as a quality assurance engineer intern at Roku. I love tutoring students. I've learned some great techniques on how to tutor motivated students who aim to excel in the subjects they are passionate about. No matter the experience level of the student I am tutoring, I always aim to stimulate them with questions, guiding them to correct understanding. Outside of academics, I've played multiple sports ever since I was 6 years old, including soccer, basketball, baseball, and tennis. I currently play on the club volleyball team at UCSD. I've also dabbled in some smaller hobbies such as weightlifting, juggling, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and card magic.
Hi! My name is Antoinette and I'm a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering student in Revelle. I'm from the bay area, and I love playing jazz piano, hiking and reading sci-fi books (always looking for good recommendations). Aside from peer educating, I'm also a part of this wacky student org called Human Powered Submarine. My dream is to do biomimicry research and sustainable engineering! Can't wait to meet y'all and tackle math problems together!
Hi everyone! My name is Ayush, and I'm a third year Mechanical Engineering major specializing in Controls & Robotics, transferring in from San José State University. I'm from Fremont, CA in the Bay, but I do call SoCal my home now :) I really enjoy reading fantasy novels, playing basketball, and learning new things! After I graduate, I would love to apply myself in the healthcare industry, perhaps developing biomedical devices, or working with surgical robots to help save lives. I really enjoy tutoring and working with students, and would love to be a high school teacher after I retire! My goal as your peer educator is to help you succeed in your classes, your career, and life in general. Please don't hesitate to say hi to me if you see me around, and feel free to hit me up with any questions you have!
Hey! My name is Caitlin and I'm a second year Aerospace Engineering student from Sixth college. I'm from Orange, CA, and I'm a huge hockey fan (go Ducks)! Apart from hockey, I like to work with 3D printers and watch Netflix. At UCSD, I am on the Triton Robotics team, where I build robots. After graduating, I want to build 3D printers that can print habitats on Mars for future astronauts. I also really want to go to Mars! After being an astronaut, I'd love to teach, which is why I am here to help you out during the school year. If you have any questions, please reach out to me! I'm looking forward to meeting you!
Cambria Helene Adams
Hey everyone! My name's Cambria and I am a third year majoring in Structural Engineering with an aerospace focus. I'm originally from Huntington Beach, which is in the middle of Orange County on the coast. I spend a lot of my time outside of my classes working on Phoenix, which is one of Rocket Propulsion Laboratory's current projects here on campus. When I'm not working or studying, I love playing Dungeons and Dragons and dabble into some video games. I'm currently making my way through my first playthrough of Skyrim! I hope you all have a fun time in my ELC and that I can help make classes easier :)
Hello! My name is Chase Bastian, and I am a third year Electrical Engineering Student. Outside of school, I love to do a lot of outdoor things, from camping and backpacking, to basically any boardsport under the sun. After school, I am hoping to use my very broad Electrical Engineering degree in Circuit Design to allow me to live somewhere that allows me to enjoy the outdoors all 4 seasons of the year. My goal as a peer educator is to be very approachable, so hopefully me cracking jokes and talking to myself on the board means you will feel better coming to me for questions!
Hello there! My name is Erin, and I'm a 2nd year Nanoengineering major at Marshall College. I'm from Palm Springs, CA, and I love swimming, listening to music, and in my free time I enjoy playing piano and ukulele, hand lettering/calligraphy, watching sporting events, and trying new activities! (Pickleball is my latest obsession.) Right now, I'm interested in exploring and researching medicinal/biological applications of nanoengineering, but I'm still keeping my options open. I'm excited to be a Peer Educator to guide your learning, facilitate friendships, and see you succeed both in and out of the classroom! Feel free to reach out and say hi!
Hey y’all! My name is Faith and I’m a second year mechanical engineering student. I’m from SoCal, born and raised, but specifically near LA. I enjoy hiking, playing the piano, and exploring SD to find new places to eat (I’m a huge foodie and boba person)! I’m still exploring my options, but as of right now, I’m very interested in how I can use my knowledge from engineering in the medical field. I’m passionate about helping others and my first job was as a math instructor. I can’t wait to meet y’all!
Hi everyone! My name is Jocelyn Beltran and I am a second year Chemical Engineering student from Muir College. I’m from Calexico, CA situated on the Mexican border. I enjoy film photography, binging tv shows, and discovering new music. I’m interested in the wastewater treatment and energy industries. I’ve always enjoyed helping others have a better understanding of their coursework which is why as a peer educator, my main goal is to assist all you with the best ways to deal with rigorous courses. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!
Hi! My name is Nikitha and I’m a second year Bioengineering: Bioinformatics major. I’m from Northern California, more specifically the Bay Area. I love trying out new recipes, traveling, photography, and watching way too much tv. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school and conduct bioinformatics research. As a peer educator, I’m super excited to meet you and help you succeed in your classes. Please feel free to say hi and reach out with questions you may have!
Hi, my name is Rose and I’m a third year Mechanical Engineering student in Marshall College. I’m from Santiago, Chile and I've lived in New York. In my free time I like to go on runs, play with my dog, or bake chocolate desserts. I'm a math ELC tutor because I love math and I enjoy helping people understand it better. I'm currently doing research in a soft surgical robotics lab on campus and it's a lot of fun. I'm hoping to continue working within the design and prototyping aspects of mechanical engineering once I graduate. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions and I’ll be happy to help!
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