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Online Resources for Freshmen

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IEEE has your back. If you’re new to UC Berkeley, you may be feeling especially overwhelmed by the multitude of courses and information being offered and handed to you. We hope that this organized collection of online resources will help ease that stress! Whether you’re on campus or not, we encourage you to take advantage of these health, academic, and technology resources and allow yourself to worry about things that matter the most right now. Take care of yourselves, and let IEEE take care of you.

Academic Resources

Peer advisers are also available Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 10am-5pm, as well as Tuesday/Thursday 7–9pm through their Virtual Front Desk. Ask for a resume review, access tutoring, learn more about the College of Engineering, etc! You can also email for more information. Check out the full schedule in this spreadsheet.

The Student Learning Center offers tutoring for a multitude of different courses. They have fully transitioned to virtual drop-in sessions through Zoom. Here are some links:

  • Science (Biology 1A/1AL, Chemistry 1A/1AL, 3A/3AL, 3B/3BL, 32, Physics 8A, 8B): Schedule
  • Math + Stat (Math 1A/1B, 10A/B, 16A/B, 32, 53, 54, 55, Stat 2, 20, 21, 134): Schedule
  • Social Science (Africam 5B, Anthro 1,3AC, Poli Sci 1, 2, W3, Psych 101, Soc 1, 5, 101): Schedule
  • Writing: Drop-In + Appointments
  • Economics (1,2,100A/B, 134, 140): Schedule

Engineering Student Services provides regular tutoring for a multitude of classes. Online tutoring is available via Google Hangouts. Visit the CAEE Front Desk. You will briefly be in the waiting room.

Once accepted into the Virtual Front Desk you will be asked to fill out the sign-in form by a student assistant. This form tracks the utilization of CAEE’s services and help improve services. The student assistant connect you to an available tutor or the study lounge.

Once your session is over our tutor or student assistant will ask you to fill out a feedback form.

Check out the Fall 2020 tutoring schedule for hours and more information!

If you’re looking for an online version of your course’s textbook, libgen is the place to go! The url changes regularly so if that one doesn’t work anymore, type “libgen” into google and click on the first result to start looking for your textbook.

UC Berkeley has also provided several resources for instructional resilience, such as technology, workshops, and tools for remote teaching! Check them out here. Another great website that provides information on remote learning is Berkeley Public Health, from access to technology to academic support.

Don’t forget to install the following mobile apps on your phone for easy access!

  • Piazza is the Q&A platform between students and instructors used for many courses
  • Install Canvas Student (a.k.a. bCourses) to access your courses from your phone and view/submit assignments easily
  • Tap Scanner, or any other photo -> PDF app, allows you to take photos of your physical paper assignments or documents and convert them into a PDF within seconds
  • Install the mobile Zoom app to access Zoom meetings or calls from your phone if your laptop or tablet is unavailable
  • Wildfire is the app to go to for safety updates about the campus and is a forum for more Q&A between students

Health Resources

UC Berkeley’s Recreational Sports Facility offers virtual resources for staying active and healthy! Feel free to check out any of the following options:

Explore Rec Sports Online for more!

This can be a scary and stressful time for all of us. If you are feeling nervous, anxious, etc., you can make an appointment with the University Health Services to get started with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):

  • Schedule a phone appointment by calling 510–642–9494 or via
  • CAPS will help you determine whether the next step is a 45 min counseling appointment, crisis drop-in counseling, group counseling, or a referral to other resources
  • Urgent counseling is available Monday — Friday, 10 AM — 5 PM, Tang Center 3rd Floor

There is no charge to get started with CAPS! Check out for other health resources. In addition, UHS has created multilingual information guides for your convenience in 79 different languages!

Technology Resources

The status of our campus libraries this school year is still uncertain. However, you can still access books and journal content electronically off-campus. Please check out this link to learn about connecting to the off campus VPN. You can also check out major-specific links for engineers to see what resources are available to you. For example, here is the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science page.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the student discounts offered via Berkeley Student Technology Services for many large retailers such as:

Don’t miss out on the plethora of free software available for UC Berkeley students! Check out the whole catalogue here. This includes:

If you need help, check out Student Technology Services, which offers free tech support for all Berkeley students (and say hi to some IEEE members who work there!)

The bSecure Remote Access VPN (Virtual Private Network) service, using the Palo Alto Networks’ GlobalProtect software, allows CalNet ID–authenticated users to securely access the UC Berkeley network from outside of campus as if they were on campus and encrypts the information sent through the network.

Closing Thoughts

We hope that these resources were able to assist you in some way and help ease the stresses of your busy lives. Stay tuned for more helpful articles, and keep up-to-date with upcoming IEEE events on our Facebook Page!

Peace and love,

Berkeley IEEE :)

(Photo by Ana Cruz on Unsplash)



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