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Peer Academic Coaching for Physics

Support for PY 207, 208, 210

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 click on the link below to join our session during the scheduled times.  We look forward to seeing you! 



Sun 7-9PM Mon 7-9PM Tues 7-9PM Wed 7-9PM Thurs 9-11AM
Danny  Caitlin Bella Jake Caitlin
Raymi Bella Jane Jane Jesse
Jesse Sarah Sarah Raymi Danny
Jake   Danny   Sarah


Meet the PAC Team for Physics

Physics Team

Jesse Kelley-Derzon ‘21 - PY PAC Captain

Major: Physics

Jesse Kelley-Derzon sitting on couch posing for picture

 About me: I’m from Greenland, New Hampshire. I love to dance as well as do physics. I also have chickens and am good at hula hooping.

Why PAC? I used PAC a lot last semester and think it is a really helpful program for students to understand problems and concepts better.

Favorite class and why: My favorite class was Modern Physics which I took last semester. It was really interesting to think about the really strange aspects of the universe. It allowed me to use my brain in a different way. Also, the lab helped me to develop a lot of useful skills, especially writing up professional lab reports.

Academic advice: Go talk to people when you need help. Whether it is going to PAC or the professor’s office hours or just talking things through with anyone else in the class, it is a lot more helpful to talk about the problems and get help than just stare at a blank paper.

Danny Gyampo ‘21 

Majors: Physics and EngineeringDanny

About me: From the hills of the Ghanaian mountains to the plateaus of South Africa, one thing remains constant through my journey’s, my love for new experiences. Additionally, I love playing the piano during my free times, and never hesitate to create space for pick up soccer in my schedule (sometimes I am afraid I play too much). My goal is to obtain a Graduate degree in both Physics and Engineering 

Why PAC?  I was recommended to join by both my Calculus teacher and a friend who is currently a PAC captain. Last year academic year I privately tutored a student in Calculus 1 and received a positive review as well as results in what was done. I realized to help others in need it was best to broaden my scope and decided to join PAC

What has been your favorite class at Skidmore? Why?  My favorite class so far has been African Drumming and Dancing. It usually calms me down after a long day of classes, and also helps remind me of my culture and growing up back home. 

 What Academic Advice can you offer other students?  I would advise any student in any course to always spend a min of 2 hours a week, depending on how tight your schedule is, outside of class going over what was learned in class. It always helps to solidify an understanding of the course. On a side note, I also always use color when I write notes it helps me remember and makes it easier to review. This might not work for everyone but it won’t hurt to try.

Bella Finkel '23 

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.

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.

Sarah Miller posing for pictureSarah Miller '21

Major: Physics

About me: I have two bunnies named Neville and Kuzco, and am very excited to be participating in PAC this year!

Why PAC: I wanted to join PAC because I have a love for Physics and would like to help others foster their love for Physics as well.

Favorite class and why: My favorite class at Skidmore was PY 208, because it really made me challenge the way I thought about the world and how things work.

Academic advice: My advice to students for success would be to not get discouraged or intimidated by problems, but instead to reach out for help and to bounce ideas off others.

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.

Raymi Ramirez '21

Major: Physics  Raymi

About me: Hello! I'm Raymi and some things about me are that I am super into plants and astronomy. I decided to come to Skidmore because I wanted an intermediate setting for school and the ability to explore things outside of physics. You can always see me with a coffee and a water bottle. When you see me on campus, feel free to ask me about anything from the solar system to plant life. 

Why PAC: PAC was always impactful in my academics so when I saw there was a chance to join an amazing community, I couldn't refuse. Being apart of community learning helped me develop as a student and a leader. I hope to pass on what I have learned through PAC.

Favorite class and why: The class that has affected me the most is Math and Comp taught by Greg Gerbi. The class forced us to think about real world problems and use coding to either simulate or answer them. It was extremely challenging but really helped me approve as a physicist and problem solving overall. 

Academic advice: It is okay to not know everything. You are in the class to learn, so do not go off of peers and how they are seeming to do in the class!