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If you have any questions about Physics tutoring,please contact

Physics tutor coordinator

Eric Barnes Profile
2012 Cowley Hall
Specialty areas: Astrophysics

Here at the Murphy Learning Center, our tutors are all friendly, qualified individuals. All of our tutors have gotten good grades in the classes they tutor and have been recommended by faculty from their department. In addition to their knowledge our tutors are now taking a class designed to make them effective tutors. Meet our tutors!

Evan Dowling
Evan Dowling
Physics & Math, Senior
Tobias Nelson
Tobias Nelson
Physics, Senior

Brief Biography: Physics has been a passion of mine since high school. Learning how anything works from the structure of stars and galaxies to atoms and elements is awe inspiring to me. I want to start graduate school in fall of 2017 to eventually earn a PHD in theoretical physics. General and special relativity is my area of study in physics. I do spacetime research. Ask me about it!

Study Tip: In physics, practice problems are your best friend. Start simple and work your way up to difficult concepts and problems. If you have trouble with the concepts or the problems, just ask the tutors for help! It is okay to ask for help.

Scott Erickson
Scott Erickson
Physics & Biochemistry, Senior

Brief Biography: One of my favorite places to be is on my bike, but the learning center is pretty great too. The physics principles I might help you with there can have some neat applications, most interestingly (to me) in biology. In the future I hope to apply multiple disciplines to study the human nervous system.

Study Tip: It’s good to study hard, but only if you’re making progress. Sometimes the best thing to do is leave and use your brain in a different way. Going along with this, stay healthy. Bike to school and eat your vegetables and you’ll be a better, happier student.

Layla Khalili
Layla Khalili
Biomedical Physics, Junior

Brief Biography: By the end of high school and the beginning of university, I found that physics, chemistry, and biology fall under my many interests. I plan on pursuing a biomedical physics major and/or a biochemistry major, and possibly going to medical school. Aside from school, I love to read, play guitar, draw, and travel…. everywhere

Study Tip: Practice!! Remember to take it step-by-step whenever you solve problems. Start with the easier problems, and think critically when you get to the harder, cumulative problems. If you don’t understand some concepts, read the sections in the book and look at figures, they help a lot, and come into tutoring hours and ask questions! 

Martin Meier
Physics Education, Senior

Brief Biography: A general education astronomy course here at UW-L got me hooked on physics, and since then I’ve found great enjoyment in learning about other fields and concepts in physics like optics, classical mechanics, general relativity, quantum mechanics and the list goes on and on! Aside from all the science in my life, I’m a dedicated jazz musician here on campus, and I like to explore the parallels between jazz improvisation and theoretical physics.

Study Tip: Physics can be fun! Each problem is like a puzzle that can often times be solved in multiple ways. Have fun with your physics homework; try to see it as a brain game. If you’re really stuck, take a break and listen to some jazz.

Zac Nordstrom
Physics & Engineering, Junior

Brief Biography: After a long day of doing physics there is nothing I like more than to go rollerblading. Cruzing down by the river or playing a game of roller hockey is a great way to release some potential energy from the day.

Study Tip: Don’t leave a classroom confused, always ask questions.