Department of Physics and Astronomy
Tutor Preparation Sessions, Fall 2017

If you are assigned to work in the tutorial lab, you are required to attend weekly tutor preparation sessions for the course indicated in parentheses on your hire letter. These sessions are scheduled as follows:

Physics 105a, N309 ESC, Mon 2:00-4:00, first prep session Sept. 11
Physics 105b, N309 ESC, Tue 4:00-6:00, first prep session Sept. 5
Physics 105c, N309 ESC, Wed 12:00-2:00, first prep session Sept. 6
Physics 106, N309 ESC, Thu 4:00-6:00, first prep session on Sept. 7
Physics 121a, N309 ESC, Mon 4:00-6:00, first prep session Sept. 11
Physics 121b, N309 ESC, Tue 12:00-2:00, first prep session Sept. 5
Physics 121c, N309 ESC, Thu 2:00-4:00, first prep session Sept. 7
Physics 123, N309 ESC, Tue 2:00-4:00, first prep session Sept. 5
Physics 220, N309 ESC, Wed 2:00-4:00, first prep session on Sept. 6

If your online schedule does not indicate availability for the preparation session associated with a course that you are qualified for, you cannot be hired for that course.

The assignments to sessions are based on your availability which we obtained from the schedule you submitted. If your schedule has changed, and you cannot attend this weekly session, please let Grant Hart know right away (at, and he will try to change your assignment.

The sessions are scheduled to be 2 hours long. These hours are counted as part of your assignment in the tutorial lab. For example, if you are assigned 10 hours/week in the tutorial lab, and you spend 2 hours/week in the preparation session, you will spend 8 hours/week in the lab helping students.

In the preparation sessions, you will work the homework problems in that course. If there is time, you wil also work the homework problems for other courses that use the same lab. You will usually work together with the other TAs without the help of the instructor. Even though you will be especially prepared to help students in one specific course, you are still expected to help students in other courses as well.

The photographs and names of all tutorial lab tutors will be posted on the department web page for the students to see. Acceptance of employment in the tutorial lab implicitly implies your permission to post this information.

Your specific work hours in the tutorial lab will be assigned by a computer program that matches your schedule and the desired staffing times. Please make sure your online schedule is always up to date. A first attempt at scheduling will be made before the first day of class. You will be notified by email. A second schedule is usually made during the second week of classes.