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Peer Academic Coaching for Physics

Support for PY 207, 208, 210

Room: Annex 226

Peer Academic Coaching is for everyone! We offer an open study space with Peer Academic Coaches available to help you develop your content knowledge and study skills in physics.

There is no need to sign up.  Simply stop by!

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Meet the PAC Team for Physics

Physics Team

Bella Finkel '23 - Physics PAC Captain

Major: PhysicsBella

About me: I like short fiction, knee socks, and drawing spirals on my math notes.

Why PAC: I love talking about physics! PAC is a great, supportive academic community.

Favorite class and why: Introduction to General Relativity! It gave great examples of how very complex problems can reduce to simple ones in the right cases. It also helped me realize that sometimes the aspects of a phenomenon that appear the most convoluted can end up being key to having it making sense at all.

Academic Advice: Take time to learn about things that excite you; remembering why you wanted to study in the first place helps motivate you to work through problems even when you're tired and confused.

Alex Carney '22


Vinny Houh '22

Major: Biochemistry  Vinny

About me:  I am from Massachusetts and some of my favorite things to do are row, hike, and do puzzles. I also love spending time with my housemates and watching Love Island while we all cook dinner!

Why PAC?: PAC was a huge help to me at the start of my Skidmore career and I want to do my part to help other students experience the joys of chemistry! 

Favorite class and why: I am currently taking Human Osteology where we will learn skeletal anatomy and analysis. I love bones and can’t wait to learn more!!

Academic advice: Physical and mental health are essential. You can’t succeed as a student if you aren’t taking care of your mind and body. There has to be a nice balance of working hard and relaxing and doing something that brings you joy.

Caitlin McDonald '22

About me: I am from Schenectady, which is a town in New York, happens to be about 40 minutes from school. I love horseback riding, I used to foster kittens and still go to the shelter when I can!Caitlin

Why PAC: I love to help people in any way that I can in regards to homework questions, lab questions, etc. I understand that physics is a tricky subject and the topics are not always easy to understand the first time they are taught.

Favorite class and why: I really liked physics 208, I felt like it really tied together some topics I had learned about in the past. There were also things I learned about in the class that I hadn’t known before, which made it very interesting.

Academic advice: We are all students here, so there’s no judgement if something is hard to understand fully. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from anyone, peers, professors, etc.

Jane O'Reilly '22

Major: PhysicsJane

About me: I am from Newton MA. I came to Skidmore originally for the Studio Art program because I love to draw and paint, but then found the physics department and fell in love with the subject. In my free time I like to read and bake.

Why PAC: I decided to join PAC because throughout my time at Skidmore I’ve found PAC extremely helpful for all my physics classes. Whether I came in with a question or just need a space to do work, Physics PAC has been an incredible resource. I’m excited to be a part of the great learning environment that has helped me so much.

Favorite class and why: My favorite class has probably been Modern Physics. I found it super interesting to learn more about relativity and quantum mechanics, and how things work in our universe. I also found the lab very helpful in terms of learning how to write professional lab reports. 

Academic Advice: Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Whether that means going to a professor’s office hours, asking a friend in the class, or going to PAC. I’ve found that working through problems with others really helps in learning the material.


Jacob Rabinowitz '22

Major: Physics  Jacob

About me:  I came to Skidmore to find a place I could get a good education but also feel connect to my professor and peers in my major. Outside of PAC, I do research with Professor Odekon, play guitar, and cook. I also really enjoying backpacking and camping. I live in northwoods and you might see me playing spikeball outside.

Why PAC: I chose PAC because I really enjoying helping people with physics. PACs have been a great help to me in the past, so I am excited to help other like they helped me.

Favorite Class: I really enjoyed taking Thermodynamics last year. I enjoy all kinds of physics, but it was really cool to learn on a macroscopic scale. Thermodynamics can be seen in the real world all around us like in engines, in cars in simple boiling of water. It’s in everything we see, and it was really interesting learning about the specifics of heat flux. It was a very well taught class and incredibly interesting.

Academic advice: Start your work early. If you find it easy to do you get your work done early and have more free time. If you find it hard you can always get help from other classmates, from PAC or your teacher. If you start late and need help, it’s always harder to find it and get your work done.

Jing Ou Yang '23

Major: Physics  Jing

About Me: I am from NYC; I love the city and the mix of cultures and diversity in the city.  Some of my hobbies are traveling, swimming, stargazing, and gaming.  In my free time, I like to learn new skills (currently learning how to dance). 

Why PAC: One of my ideal careers in the future is to become a Physics professor, so here in PAC I can gain a lot of experience in how to deliver knowledge in an effective way.  I also just love to talk about the crazy theories in physics.

Favorite class and why:  There are many exciting classes that I will be taking, but so far Astronomy has been one of the highlight courses for me. It’s incredible that I was able to learn how to identify objects in the sky, and how our universe functions.  It changes my perception of the universe that we lived in. 

Academic advice: I believe that time management is the key to success in college.  It’s very easy to get overwhelmed with work if you’re not able to manage your time appropriately.  Get a calendar and put everything in it!