Civil Engineering Part II Assistance Centre
The department employs current, high-achieving Part III and IV students to provide free academic assistance and tutoring to Part II students on a drop-in basis.
This is a new initiative by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to help you with your studies. It will cover all Part II courses taught during Semester One and Two.
The Part 2 Civil Assistance Centre is located in the Leech Study Area in Level 3, Building 401 of the Faculty of Engineering's Central Campus.
For Semester Two our opening hours (excluding breaks and public holidays) are:
- Mondays and Thursdays 4-6pm (starting second week of semester, during teaching weeks only)
Our cohort of mentors are happy to help you. They receive training and maintain close contact with course coordinators for all Part II courses throughout the semester. They will have resources on hand, including copies of course books, to help you with any of your queries.
We encourage you to take advantage of this service whether you're struggling or not - after all, they can just as easily help you turn that ‘B’ into an ‘A+’ as they can help you with a pass when you risk a fail. While we can’t help you with your actual assignments, we can guide you through similar example problems in your course handbooks.
Interested in becoming a Civil Assistance Centre Mentor?
We look to our most academically able students - with a GPA of 6.0 or above - to help support other Engineering students as they commence their studies in Civil Engineering.
All current Part II and III students (to become Part III and IV the following year) are welcome to apply.
Courses that the centre will focus are:
- CIVIL 201 Land Information Systems
- CIVIL 210 Introduction to Structures
- CIVIL 220 Introduction to Engineering Geology
- CIVIL 230 Fluid Mechanics 1
- CIVIL 211 Structures and Design 1
- CIVIL 221 Geomechanics 1
- CIVIL 250 Civil Engineering Materials and Design
- ENVENG 244 Environmental Engineering 1
In recognition of the contribution peer mentors make, the Faculty and Department provides the following support to ensure your experience as a Part II Mentor is as positive as possible:
- Close collaboration with members of the Part II Course teams
- Payment for the hours spent as a Part II Mentor (with a rate of $18.92 per hour).
Appointment is not guaranteed, as applications for the role of Part II Mentors usually exceed the number of shifts available. Appointments are made on a semester-by-semester basis and based on a combination of your application, availability and agreement to the following conditions:
- Availability for and attendance at Part II mentors training and paid feedback sessions
- Availability for a minimum of a single two-hour shift per week
- Commitment to completing a brief online summary of mentoring activity after the end of each shift on a shared Piazza Forum
- Commitment to maintaining accurate records of all assistance provided to demonstrate effectiveness of Part II Civil Assistance Centre
- Commitment to help promote the services of the Part II Civil Assistance Centre through brief presentations to first year students
- Commitment to wearing branded clothing during your shifts to help promote the visibility of the Part II Civil Assistance Centre service
Previous experience in mentoring in groups such as Uniguides, STEPS, SPIES or HKESA, or tutoring for a private organisation, is essential.
If you’re interested in becoming a mentor or would like more information, get in touch with our Student Support Adviser Alcione Fagundes.