Academic Success

The CoSE Student Success Center is committed to helping you achieve success in all facets of your education. The following provides advice and resources in excelling in your academics.

General Tips

● Attend all classes, labs, and supplemental instruction sections.

● Note your professors’ and TAs’ office hours and locations. Contact them if you cannot attend class.

● Utilize your available resources (tutoring, office hours, study groups) early and often. Do not wait until you feel lost or fail a major assignment.

● If you do start to feel overwhelmed, discuss your options with your professor as soon as possible. These options (dropping a course, referrals to tutoring, etc.) will become more limited as the semester goes on. 

Remote Learning

Given that the 2020-2021 academic year will be conducted remotely, some students are finding that they lack the skills to be effective learners in online courses. If this may be you, TASC has created a self-paced workshop that is offered free through iLearn.




Tutoring and Support Services

All current undergraduate students at SF State have access to the Tutoring and Academic Support Center (TASC), which offers free individual and small group tutoring for a variety of math, science, and writing-based courses. For more information, including tutoring hours and courses tutored, visit the TASC website or send an email.



Departmental Tutoring Services

Some departments also offer tutoring support (listed below). For academic support in other subjects, contact your professor or department.

Department of Mathematics
Go to Math Tutoring

Department of Psychology
PSY 200: Contact Professor Hughes Stone
PSY 371: Contact Professor Howell

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Help Sessions are available for ASTR 155/ASTR 116 and PHYS 101-230. Contact for Help Session schedules and more information.


Good Academic Standing: Undergraduate students with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or above are in Good Academic Standing.

Probation: Undergraduate students with a cumulative and/or SF State GPA of less than 2.0 will be placed on probation. Students placed on probation have a minimum of two semesters to bring their GPA to a 2.0 or above or they may be disqualified. See the Registrar’s website for more information on probation and disqualification.

Grade Options: students can elect to take a course either for a letter grade (A/B/C/D/F) or for Credit - No Credit (C/NC). Courses taken for Credit/No Credit will not impact GPA, however, there is a limit the amount of units that can be taken Credit/No Credit. Refer to the Bulletin for more information.

Other Symbols: For an explanation of other symbols that may appear on a transcript (including I, W, WU, RP, and RD), please refer to the Bulletin.