Physics Resource Center

Workshops

The Physics Resource Center (PRC) offers academic workshops during the semester. The workshops are designed not to be content based, so much as to enhance study skills that can enable comprehension of Physics. The primary purpose of these workshops is to supplement the Keys to Success Workshops offered by the Academic Advising Department of the Student Academic Success Office (SASO). The PRC offers three workshops per semester in order to help students deal with the academic challenges that are faced in introductory Physics courses.

Non-Physics major students face particular academic obstacles when enrolled in a Physics course. Often times students feel overwhelmed or find the methodology used to reason out Physics problems to be particularly challenging. Students are often frustrated by the thought processes that are engaged when working through the curriculum of a standard Physics course. This is because Physicists think very differently than the typical scientist, and as a result, they solve problems by processing in a different way. In Physics it is important to understand what is going on behind the problem, and unfortunately for students, questions are often not answered by a just taking a formula and using it to churn out an answer. Physics instructors expect students to  understand the "why" and not just the "how" of problem solving.

To resolve these issues, the PRC offers Workshops (and Review Sessions) to give student the skills to overcome obstacles and issues that they face during the year. These skills will assist all students not only in understanding Physics problem solving but also problem solving throughout their academic careers.

HOW TO STUDY PHYSICS

The first workshop is offered early in the semester to enhance students' study skills when it comes to taking a typical Physics course. Topics covered range from abstract concepts like understanding Physics problem solving theory to mechanical concepts like taking notes.

SNACK 'N' STUDY

This review session is offered around the mid-term week of the semester. This session is designed to help students interact in a loose setting to help them overcome the issues that they have been facing during the semester when studying Physics. Since the Physics courses do not have a mid-term exam, per se, the session will revolve around interaction with fellow students to find methods for dealing with the challenges of the Physics courses. Food will be offered.

HOW TO SURVIVE THE FINAL EXAM

This review session is offered toward the end of the semester and is designed to help students both survive and be successful on the final exam. The topics covered will primarily revolve around methods and techniques for reviewing the material and filling in the final gaps of knowledge before the exam. It is also important to talk about time management in order to adequately prepare.

REVIEW SESSIONS

Review sessions are offered approximately every two weeks in order to review the material and problems that students have been assigned throughout the semester. These sessions are more content-based and designed to help students with understanding particular concepts or problems that were challenging in the most recent material offered.

Physics Resource Center

504-520-7222

prc@xula.edu

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