If you are experiencing any difficulties with your physics courses or if you would like to learn more about the physics major, below are links to some resources that you may find helpful.
1214 Physics Building
Fall & Spring Sememster Hours: 10 am to 3 pm, M-F
The Slawsky Clinic has been helping students since the mid-1970s. The Physics Department and Milton and Zaka Slawsky established the clinic in 1975. Milton and Zaka were identical twin brothers with PhDs in physics. After they retired, they contacted the Physics Department looking for a way to volunteer their services. This resulted in the Mollie and Simon Slawsky Memorial Tutoring Clinic for Physics, named for their parents.
The grades in physics depend largely on the student’s ability to solve problems. In order to get good grades in the physics course, the student must be able to get a reasonable solution to a reasonable problem in about 15 minutes. This is the average time you have in an exam or a quiz. This means that knowing the subject matter is necessary but it is not enough. You must earn a systematic efficient strategy in order to use the knowledge with speed and accuracy. The clinic helps you develop a strategy and with supportive supervision trains you to improve your ability and confidence.
The Slawsky Clinic provides physics tutoring for students on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis. The clinic operates primarily for the 100 and 200 level physics classes. The tutors can answer additional physics questions as their time and knowledge permit. The tutors are retired professors, scientists, and engineers.
SPS Tutoring for Physics Majors
The physics department has a new tutoring program for physics majors. In PHYS1304, from 4pm - 6pm, Monday through Friday, tutors will be available to help students with the introductor sequence (PHYS171, PHYS272, and PHYS273), the required math courses (MATH140, MATH 141, MATH241, PHYS 274, and PHYS373), modern physics (PHYS371), and quantum physics I (PHYS401). Come to get help with questions about homework or general questions about course material!
Learning Assistance Service
Helps student develop good learning skills and habits, such as time-management and math study skills.
Tutors for Non-UMD Students
The Physics Department does not coordinate student tutors for non-UMD students.