Physics Assistance

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SPECIALISTS - Academic Assistance and Tutoring (AAT) staff members who have advanced degrees in their fields and a background in teaching. The current Physics Specialists are Casey and Duff

TUTORS - A team of highly trained undergraduate students who have been successful in the courses you are taking.

Finals Drop In (click for schedule)

Making the Most of Drop-In Tutoring (click for more)

The drop-in tutoring room is a place where you can form study groups, work on assignments, and get assistance from tutors. There is no need to sign up ahead of time, but please look for the sign-in sheet or swipecard location when you enter.

  • Enter the Space
  • Once you enter, be sure to sign in and find a seat at your subject’s table. Your tutors will be wearing name tags. If you have a question, you may raise your hand and they will approach to help. The tutor may also be able to connect you to students from your class, helping you form a study group if you don’t already have one!
  • Come Regularly
  • Attending regular tutoring allows you to get your questions answered on a continuous basis, allows tutors to get to know you, and allows you to form relationships with your peers.
  • Be Prepared
  • By reviewing topics beforehand, you will have a better idea of what you need assistance with. The Drop-In Rooms get busy, so preparing your questions beforehand will save you time.
  • What to Bring to Tutoring
  • Textbook (or e-text), class notes, handouts
    The course syllabus with important dates, deadlines, and lecture schedule
    The problems you have attempted but are struggling with
    Questions or concerns about your homework, readings, or assignments
    If working on an essay, please bring a printed copy of your paper
  • The Role of Tutors
  • While tutors are a great academic resource, they are not able to act as a replacement to lecture or to complete the work for the tutees.
    Expect tutors to ask you questions to guide you through the homework problems or provide a similar problem for you to work on together. Tutors are trained not to Give you the answers to your homework or do the problems step-by-step for you.
    With a tutor you can review concepts and get explanations of concepts that you find confusing or have difficultly understanding, but a tutor will not be able to help you learn all the course material right before an exam.
    Tutors can provide practice problems similar to problems you may see on your exams, but tutors do not give out old exams or practice tests without consent of the instructor.
  • The Role of Tutees
  • Tutees are expected to use each session to learn the problem solving process and how to reach answers on their own. We would like to emphasize, however, that attending tutoring will not guarantee a passing/high grade in the course if you do not do any work outside of tutoring. To do well in your courses, you will also need to attend lecture, utilize office hours, and do your own studying outside of tutoring.

PHY Drop In Tutoring (click for schedule)

Drop-in tutoring will begin on October 8th

There is also an undergraduate Physics Club on campus; some quarters they offer free tutoring. For more information, you can check out the Department of Physics resources page.

Winter 2019 PHY Pre and Co Classes (click for schedule)

PHY Fall Workshops (click for schedule)