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Here are some of the comments left by the students regarding their experiences with tutors not only in the labs, but also on discussion boards, homework grading, and midterm and final review sessions. The tutor's names have been changed to protect their identity.

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"TutorX knows what he is talking about. He has a great command of what is going on with each homework, and he really helps explains the concepts well like the pointer to pointer, and he doesn't just tell you the answer to solve the problem, but points you in the right direction tosolve the problem. "

"TutorX was very helpful, she knew what was going on in the assignment so she gave me a lot of help that I understood. And I felt comfortable with her helping me."

"The tutors for cse12 this quarter were great. They were all very willing to help as well as very knowledgable about basic data structures. I found TutorX, TutorY, and TutorZ to be the most helpful. Each of them had a strong conceptual understanding of the run time environment. They really helped students understand what was happening behind the scenes in our assignments."

"Great job. They are informative without giving the answer away. They do this by asking the students questions (making the student think) and thus leading the student down a path to the answer instead of just giving the answer to the student. Comments from tutors on the web board: Almost as good as being in the lab. Just about real time on answers. The answers were complete and thought provoking."

"The tutors this quarter were great. I especially found [them] to be very helpful in not only our programs, but in explaining the concepts behind them. TutorX was particularly creative in making me think about what was really going on in the program, rather than blindly writing in code."

"There are a few tutors I would like to mention for their work in the lab. TutorX- saved me so many countless hours of work. And he didn't just give me some answer and move on. In fact, he didn't know the answer himself, but he was willing to sit down with me and help me figure it out,letting me solve the final problem."

"In the lab I thought tutorX was amazing. Not only was he extremely helpful, he really took the time to help students who needed help. Most of his help came from group explanation of concepts rather than just looking at code and saying what was wrong. Another thing was that I always saw him in the lab even 5 hours after he was suppose to be out."

"I just wanted to put in a good word for tutorX. She was super fast at getting the assignments graded which help a lot since the past assignments are needed to work on the current one. Her assistance was greatly appreciated"

"The following two tutors have helped me immensely toward my success in this class. If it were not for them, I would've dropped out a long time ago. TutorX always provides me with solid guidance in where I should be heading in my program. He is so reliable that I have consistently woken up Wednesdays and Thursdays at early hours (8AM) when I rarely do just to seek help.TutorY was a very great tutor. He is calm and well spoken for, always providing me with guidance and helping me understand the program well enough for me to keep going. He is great."

"Overall you picked a great set of tutors. TutorX: Although my question was answered in a handout Q&A, I missed it and asked her why my program was behaving the way it was. Whereas it would be very easy to make me feel stupid for asking, she alerted me to this in the most polite way and then made sure that I understood what was going on and why the solution was what it was. In general she is knowledgeable and carries a pleasant demeanor, something desperately needed in a the dungeon that is our lab. TutorY: Quick precise, and able to help. Technical ability seems strong. TutorZ: Was able to help me solve my worst headache problem. His dedication to helping people in the lab is unreal. Often I'd see him under the pressure of doing his grading work but never refuse to help someone if they had a problem. He was in the lab many times when it wasn't even his duty to be in the lab. Cheerful demeanor too. Also, All the tutors who did the midterm and final review sessions did a good job with that. "

"TutorX was super-friendly, and super-willing to give advice. I like the fact that she was so willing to help people and she had a cool personallity."

"I feel [my grader] did a good job of telling me what was wrong [with my assignments] so that i could fix it. He was very good at leading me in the right direction to where my errors were so that i could look over my code again and run it for myself, so i could learn from my mistakes (as can be seen by my improvement over the quarter)"

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