STUDENT EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION FROM THE CATALOG:
Work programs provide students with the opportunity to earn money to help with college expenses while gaining valuable job experience. Student employment opportunities are generally available to all Caltech students, even those who have not applied for financial aid or qualified for need-based aid. Students should go to the Career Development Center website to see relevant job listings.
Please note that students may work no more than 16 hours per week (no more than 12 hours per week as undergraduate teaching assistants). Undergraduate TAs must be in good academic standing (eligible, and not on probation), and good disciplinary standing (not on disciplinary probation) for the term in which they are serving as a TA, and must be approved by the undergraduate deans.
Peer Academic Coaches
The Undergraduate Deans' office along with the Center for Teaching Learning and Outreach hires Peer Academic Coaches (PACs) who have done well in the courses that may be challenging, especially the core. PACs will be trained by the CTLO, provide availability to students, track their hours working with students, and provide the information covered in sessions. They are then paid by on a bi-weekly basis through payroll.
Peer coaching is intended to supplement lecture, precept, lab and office hours and not replicate or replace them. Coaching is most effective when the student is actively engaged in the course and comes prepared to a session. Students should first integrate information presented in class and texts, so that they possess the conceptual knowledge necessary to effectively engage the problem sets or other assignments. They also need to have done enough of the work to identify their conceptual questions.
Coaches should only help with concepts, offer guiding questions and pointers, and not to provide answers or to check them. Please be especially mindful of the Honor Code as you engage in coaching. All coursework students produce must be their own work. This is not a collaboration—the product must be entirely the students'.
If you are interested in getting paid while learning best practices and helping your fellow students, please visit and sign up for the PAC Training course for Coaches on Canvas, or visit: https://caltech.instructure.com/enroll/7REPYC