In collaboration with physics faculty, the Center for Academic Success (CfAS) has developed a new pilot program for students enrolled in Physics I (PHY 2048 and PHY 2053). Specific skills are necessary to be a successful physics student. Algebraic manipulation, dissection of word problems for relevant information, and modeling problems are integral to building a strong foundation in the physical sciences.
The program addresses topics that include kinematics, force, work and energy, conservation of momentum, rotational motion, torque, gravitation, and simple harmonic motion/mechanical waves.
This new program is facilitated by tutors who have been very successful in physics I and are former students of physics faculty here at FIU. They have experienced the same frustrations as many physics I students and are excited about sharing the learning strategies they have identified as most successful for the course.
CfAS will be eliciting feedback from you as students to refine the program to suit your needs as learners and the faculty’s needs as educators.
- Be prepared. Bring your textbook, syllabus, and any pertinent materials related to your class. Any forms of assessment are extremely helpful.
- Be on time. Sessions are one hour in length. The tutors need all of this time in order to provide each participant with the necessary attention and detail to his/her progress.
- Be consistent. You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you like. It is to your benefit to attend on a weekly basis to reinforce your understanding. Plus, your professors might be more inclined to offer more points for your attendance.
- Be receptive.You will learn a variety of study strategies throughout these sessions. Depending on your background in physics, some strategies may be more helpful than others. Keep them all in your "metacognitive bank" as different problems may require different thought processes.
- Be responsible.Once your register for a workshop at CfAS you are reserving a place that no other student can take. Be considerate with these workshops.Keep your Panther ID handy when you check in with the front desk. You must enter your information at the front area of our center, and make sure that your tutor records your attendance.