Moving away to college is an exciting yet overwhelming process. New friends, new meals, new living arrangement— it definitely takes some adjusting.
Perhaps the biggest ‘new’ though is your academic experience. Besides the increased autonomy themselves will be more challenging (it is college, after all!) And, the class sizes might differ from those you had in high school that you will experience, the classes. Although the average course size at USC is 26 with students to faculty ratio of 9 to 1, some courses you are taking will be larger.
Any larger classes are broken up into what is called ‘sections’ led by a graduate pupil, which allows students to discuss and finally clarify any product that was taught in lecture. New material will often be taught by a USC faculty member; graduate pupils act as a resource to aid students better understand the material and answer any staying questions. Both graduate students and faculty members hold office hours through the week, which provide a chance for pupils to interact using them one-on-one and address any lingering concerns they may have.
But what if you still need extra help? That’s where our Center for Academic help comes in. At USC, we wish to make certain that pupils have access to the support and resources they need in order to thrive in their time here. The Center for Academic Support offers students a variety of services, including: