ONDAS Student Center  Programming

Tutoring and Academic Support

ONDAS Peer-Tutoring Drop-In Office Hours

Beginning Winter 2017, the ONDAS Center launched our new Drop-in Peer-Tutor Program, providing one-on-one, drop-in tutoring for 21 courses in Psychological and Brain Science, Economics, Math, Communication, and Chemistry.  The courses that we offer tutoring for change every week, targeting courses where first-year, first-generation and URM students need help with the most. Please check back with us, every quarter for an updated list and tutoring hours.

Our Drop-in Tutoring Hours for Summer A 2017


#FirstGen Boost Program

General Flyer for Summer Session B programming at ONDAS student center

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Week 1: August 7-11 Program Begins

Tuesday, August 8, 12pm-1pm
Workshop - Welcome to the Quarter System
Offered by: The ONDAS Team
Location: OSC (Kerr 1150)
Description: Are you unsure about how a quarter system works? Come learn from your peers, graduate students, and teaching assistants some suggestions in navigating the quarter system and some tips in effective time management to help prepare you for a successful fall quarter at UCSB.

Wednesday, August 9, 12pm-1pm
Workshop - Timelines: Planning Out Your First Year Time at UCSB
Offered by: College of Letters & Science Academic Advisors and Career Services
Location: OSC (Kerr 1150)
Description: Are you wondering how you are going to plan out your first year? Attend this workshop lead by to understand how you can best plan for your classes, work schedule, and a social life during your time at UCSB. Students will share their first year experiences and provide tips and considerations to help you make informed decisions.

Thursday, August 10, 12pm-1pm
Panel Discussion - Demystifying Office Hours with UCSB Faculty & Teaching Assistants
In collaboration with the Transfer Student Center
Location: OSC (Kerr 1150)
Description: “What are office hours?” “Why do I need to go to office hours?” “I’m nervous to speak to faculty members here.” “Will I be imposing on their time?” These are all thoughts students have had about office hours, but we will work to demystify these beliefs! Come to this discussion with UCSB faculty and teaching assistants who will explain what office hours are and why you should make use of this time.

Week 2: August 14-18

Monday, August 14, 12pm-1pm
Workshop - Staying Healthy at UCSB
Offered by: Student Health Services
Location: OSC (Kerr 1150)
Description: What can you do to stay healthy on campus? What do you do when you get sick during the quarter? Representatives from student health are here to answer all your questions! Come learn about what Gaucho Health entitles you to, and how to make appointments. Equip yourself with the tools to have a healthy college experience!

Tuesday, August 15, 12pm-1pm
Panel Discussion - Pathways to Professional Degrees: Careers in Law & Health
In collaboration with the Transfer Student Center
Offered by: Pre-Law and Pre-Health Advisors
Location: TSC
Description: Are you interested in careers in medicine, public health, and law? Come speak with advisors who can help answer specific questions about preparing for your future career. Maybe you are unsure what career you want to pursue, that is okay too! Join us to learn about potential career pathways after UCSB.

Wednesday, August 16, 12pm-1pm
Workshop - #TreatYoSelf - Resources for food security and stability at UCSB
Offered by: AS Food Bank
Location: OSC (Kerr 1150)
Description: The AS Food Bank is an organization that provides fresh, free, and nutritious food to UCSB students. Come learn about opportunities regarding meals in the UCSB residence halls, obtaining groceries during the week, and other available resources in and around the campus that assist with food security.

Week 3: August 21-25

Monday, August 21, 12pm-1pm
Workshop - Books? Journals? Media?: How to Search for What You Need from the Library
In collaboration with the Transfer Student Center
Offered by: Library Instruction Coordinator
Location: Library Room 1575 (near the TSC)
Description: This informal workshop will cover the basics of library research at UCSB. You’ll learn useful tips and tricks for finding books and scholarly journals and get hands-on experience with our databases and services. We’ll show you how to get help for your academic papers and projects exactly when you need it!

Tuesday, August 22, 12pm-1pm
Workshop - Becoming Financially Fit: How to Create a Solid Budgeting Plan
In collaboration with the Transfer Student Center
Offered by: Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Location: TSC
Description: Navigating the financial aspects of college can be nerve-wracking, but creating a solid budgeting plan can help reduce both your stress and your overall debt. In this workshop we will talk about the kinds of costs you will incur at UCSB, what types of financial aid to utilize first, and where to purchase less expensive materials for your classes. We will discuss how to create a monthly/quarterly budget, and help you identify the resources available to you.

Wednesday, August 23, 12pm-1pm
Information Session - Research & Internship Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
In collaboration with the Transfer Student Center
Location: OSC (Kerr 1150)
Offered by: L&S Undergraduate Research & Internship Initiatives
Description: Looking for research or internship experience? Come to this information session to learn about our Transfer Student Research Award (TSRA), Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Grant, Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP), Washington, D.C. Internships (UCDC), and Internships in Sacramento (UCCS)! Get involved!

Week 4: August 28 - September 1

Monday, August 28, 12pm-1pm
Panel Discussion - Meet and Greet with Faculty/Graduate Students Working with Undergraduate Research Assistants
In collaboration with the Transfer Student Center
Location: TSC
Description: Are you wondering what it means to be an undergraduate research assistant? Come to this panel discussion with faculty, graduate students, and current undergraduate research assistants to learn more about doing research! Faculty and graduate students will share what they are looking for in a research assistant and how you can search for opportunities.

Tuesday, August 29, 12pm-1pm
Workshop - Guided Discussion in Coping and Resilience
Offered by: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Location: OSC (Kerr 1150)
Description: Feeling overwhelmed by schoolwork? Anxious about taking tests? Missing home? Concerned because you do not see yourself reflected in your classrooms or coursework? These are just some of the common stressors that students face every day. In this workshop, we will talk about some of these normal challenges that first generation college students face, facilitate a discussion about your main concerns, and address how to cope effectively in your transition into the academic life at UCSB.

Wednesday, August 30, 12pm-1pm
Workshop - Collaborate with Campus Tech Tools (GauchoSpace and Box)
Offered by: Collaborate with GiGi and Robin
Location: OSC (Kerr 1150)
Description: This workshop will go over user-friendly tech tools that will quickly become part of your “academic toolkit.” You will gain an understanding about how to use GauchoSpace--our campus online learning platform and Box--a cloud based technology where you can store your work, collaborate with others, and keep yourself organized after attending this workshop.

Week 5: September 4-8

Tuesday, September 5, 12pm-1:30pm
Workshop - Pizza & Knowledge
Offered by: College of Letters & Science Academic Advisors & OSC Team
Location: OSC (Kerr 1150)
Description: What makes a major a good fit? How do you plan for a successful first year? What challenges have other first generation students overcome in transitioning to college? Join us for an interactive talk with academic advisors, ONDAS Student Center staff, and students. We'll build community and talk about how to tackle your first year with confidence. Plus, FREE PIZZA!

Wednesday, September 6, 12pm-1:30pm
Workshop & Resume Bar - Job/Internship Preparation & Search Strategies
In collaboration with the Transfer Student Center
Offered by: Career Services
Location: TSC
Description: Interested in finding an internship or part-time job? Not sure what you need or where to look? Career Services has the answers! We’ll look at how to develop application documents like resumes and cover letters and also at many different strategies for finding work or internships during your time at UCSB! Make sure to bring your resume, because we’ll have a mini resume critique bar to give you some helpful feedback on your resume!

Week 6: September 11-15 Program Ends

Wednesday, September 13, 12pm-1:30pm
Pizza Social! Build Community & Learn How to Get Involved at UCSB!
In collaboration with the Transfer Student Center
Location: TSC
Description: Get to know fellow first-year and transfer students and learn how you can get involved during your time at UCSB! Danielle Quinones from the Office of Student Life will share information about the HUNDREDS of student organizations at UCSB, and you’ll have a chance to connect with leaders of the Transfer Student Alliance. Angelica Caudillo from the Educational Opportunity Program will share about the resources that EOP offers. Learn about the AS Food Bank and the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) and how you can use their resources. You’ll also get the inside scoop on upcoming Transfer Student Center and ONDAS Student Center events, programs, and initiatives! Plus, FREE PIZZA!


Join ONDAS and your UCSB Chemistry Professors for ALEKS Satellite Office Hour sessions for STEM and non-stem majors. Your very own instructors will be on-hand and available to support students with ALEKS learning objectives of this intelligent tutorial system and be available to assist students with Q&A where students can gain the confidence and support they need to succeed.

The 3-hour session for Fall quarter will be broken down as follows: 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: ALEKS&Me with Chemistry Professor Darby Feldwinn
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Open student work power hour
11:00 AM-12:00 PM ALEKS&Me with Chemistry Professor Bryanna Kunkel.

Table Talk: A Faculty-Student Dinners Program with EOP (Application coming soon).

EOP and ONDAS introduce a new faculty-student dinner program: “P.M. (Personal & Meaningful) Dinners”

This is an opportunity to develop relationships with professors who help make UCSB a world-class institution. We know that positive faculty-student interactions contribute to many positive student outcomes and we want to give you that opportunity with dinner! For more information, please stop by the ONDAS Center at Kerr Hall 1150, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.