Stephen Arndt

  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
  • Pronouns: he, him, his

Courses supported: Current: CS-0441; Prior: CMPINF-0401

Major: Computer Science. Mathematics

Academic Level: Sophmore

Achievements and Accolades: Top 500 Nationwide on Putnam Exam

Activities and Clubs: Math Club, Computer Science Club, Breakthrough Tutoring

Internship, Research and Experiential Learning: Incoming Test Developer Intern at Corsec Security, Inc. Undergraduate Research Assistant (Mathematics)

Post graduation plans: Master's/PhD in Mathematics or Computer Science Career path: Academia (not fully decided)

Why did you become a UTA? To give back to and strengthen the Pitt CS community!

What is the best advice you would give to a student who may need additional support? Be patient and don't take shortcuts. A hole in your understanding will continue leaking until you plug it...!

What is the best study tip you have for a student taking the course you UTA for? Find someone to check homework with early on (emphasis on check, not copy). If you are confused on something, they can help you, and if they are confused on something, you can help them. You can also catch each other's mistakes. It is mutually beneficial!

Why should students come to your UTA office hours? As a math major and private math tutor, I have a lot of experience with the content and with explaining complex topics simply. If you are confused, I can help!

What is your favorite thing about the subject you UTA for? The mathematical component.

Anything else you would like to add? CS-0441 is a math class. The topics are challenging and require some time to get comfortable with. Practice until you are comfortable -- and if a hole in your understanding is preventing you from doing so, get help from other students, TAs, or your professor!