Teaching Reviews

Selected Teaching Feedback 

From Physics 120 (Advancing Physics 1- Calculus-Based), Sem211ester 1 2017 at the University of Auckland… for the Pilot Semester of Studio


“Quick-check questions, especially with discussion among the group and when the teachers were “floating” to join in discussion and contribute ideas/ask questions. This teacher is extremely approachable, very aware of the way she explains things, and really inspiring.”

“Dr Foote was very approachable, amiable, positive and rapid in her responses to questions, queries and issues both in person and by email.”

“Thank you for a great semester, I’ve very much enjoyed this course. It’s helped me to realise that understanding is more important (and enjoyable) than learning formulas :)”

Course Feedback:

“As someone who has taken (survived) the old format I can confirm that this is a major improvement on that style. Studio gives you more resources, more time with the TA’s and instructors, lets you ask questions as you think of them, and constantly reinforces what the instructors are teaching. It lets you discus problems with your class mates and provides a solid platform to learn experimental process and communication skills (both of which you will need in future courses), while taking pressure off when it comes to exam time, and giving you room for error in the final exam. There’s a saying: “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink”. With this course the instructors are doing everything short of doing the exams and assignments for you. However you are not entitled to a good grade. If you fail to take advantage of one of the most generous courses you can find outside of the arts school, that’s on you. While chairs instead of stools would be nice, everything you need to succeed is given to you.”

“Tutorial/help sessions, pre-flights (especially videos), small group problem-solving, additional test practice questions, videos played before the start of class for those of us who arrive early! I love how changes were made to the class along the way – I appreciate that this is a new format and I think that the sensitivity the teachers have to the learning experiences of students is to be applauded. I will recommend this class to everyone. Keep it up!!!”

“The new format is interesting and intellectually stimulating. MasteringPhysics, whiteboard exercises, clicker questions, etc were all useful tools and ask really thought provoking questions. The assignments are a good opportunity to learn how to communicate knowledge and understanding”

“Although I’m not so much of a person to be social and work in groups and share knowledge, this was a great course that is out of my comfort zone and I enjoyed it more then I thought.”

“The style of learning in a small group environment was helpful for me personally as I could learn physics by learning from my peers and practicing questions from the online resource. I would highly recommend this style of learning rather than staying in a 1 hour lecture where I take irrelevant notes which don’t help me put them into action.”

“Be prepared to be pushed out of your comfort zone- this course can be frustrating but it’ll teach you more than just content- it teaches you how to interact with others and engage in critical thinking”