The Physics Learning Center is a resource for all physics students. It is a comfortable learning environment where you can drop by during regular hours, or sign up for weekly appointments or team-learning groups. Problem-solving and study skills are emphasized. Successful student coaches, who receive continual training for professional development, staff the center.
Physics coaching is available for the following courses:
- PH1110 College Physics I
- PH1140 Applied College Physics I
- PH1210 College Physics II
- PH1240 Applied College Physics II
- PH2100 University Physics I—Mechanics
- PH2200 University Physics II—Electricity and Magnetism
One-on-one appointments offer individualized instruction in physics problem solving and general study skills from physics coaches.
Students can sign up for a weekly half-hour appointment with a coach. New sign up sheets are posted outside the Physics Learning Center the first week of each semester. Assignments to specific coaches are made on a first come, first served basis.
Students meet one hour per week with a team of two to four other students in the same introductory physics course (PH1110, PH1210, PH2100, or PH2200). Students work under the direction of a physics coach to learn a team approach to solving physics problems.
Students sign up for teams at the Physics Learning Center during the first week of the semester.
Become a Coach
Becoming a Physics Learning Center coach requires commitment and a desire to provide direction and support to physics students as they strive for academic success.
Preference in hiring is given to:
- Undergraduate students at Michigan Tech
- Those with excellent communication skills
- Those with an excellent background in physics and math. Applicants must have completed PH2100 or PH1160 and PH2200or PH2260.
- Those with significant time remaining before graduation
- Those with past teaching or coaching experience