Contacting me

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Contact details

MP 1118, located on 11th floor of tall Burton Tower wing of McLennan Physics Laboratories
+1 416 978 3911 (Toronto timezone)
10:00-19:00 Mon-Fri for normal business
09:00-21:00 Mon-Sun in urgent circumstances only
+1 416 561 0579 (Toronto timezone)
09:00-21:00 Mon-Sun in urgent circumstances only
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Department of Physics,
University of Toronto,
60 St George Street,
Toronto, ON,
Canada M5S 1A7.

Etiquette tips

I warmly welcome contact from students I teach. It is my job to support your learning, and I am willing to listen to whatever questions or concerns you might have. Here are a few tips which I hope will make the process of communicating with me easier for you.

What to call me
Depending on the context and your comfort with formality, you may call me Prof. Peet (2 syllables), Dr. Peet (3 syllables), or A.W. (4 syllables).
Here is a handy guide to getting my name and pronouns right.
Dropping by (non-pandemic only)
For undergraduate courses I teach, I hold regular office hours every week. Plan to make use of them as your primary port of call if you would like my help with course-related matters. You do not need to book -- just drop by anytime during the designated hours.
Booking a 1-on-1 appointment (on Zoom during pandemic)
To book a private appointment, first check my schedule of regular weekly commitments to get an idea of my likely availability. Then indicate in your email which days and timeframes you are available. I will pick the one that works best for me.
If you are not sure whether you will need a private appointment before a homework due date or a midterm/final exam, I recommend booking one in advance anyway. If you end up not needing it, you can always cancel on short notice without me getting grumpy -- sudden extra time in the day is a gift!
Aim for brevity and clarity. Start with a clear subject line, and include the course code (e.g. PHY483F) if your email is course related. Please indicate what you have already done to find the answer you seek (e.g. I consulted the course website and Piazza.). I will endeavour to get back to you within 24 hours, or 48 hours if a lengthy response is required.
If you plan to phone, it is a good idea to be clear about what you want before picking up the handset. Jot down some brief notes, so as not to forget anything. To begin the call, briefly state your name and university affiliation (e.g. Hi, it's Seo-yun speaking, I'm a UofT student in your PHY198 class). Then briefly summarize your reason for calling. Please be sure to stick to the hours listed above.
Normally I do not text with students, because email exists. But if you have an urgent course-related problem and cannot contact me in other ways, you may SMS me, as long as you keep messages brief and stick to the hours listed above.
If you want my help with something that has a deadline, the earlier you ask in advance the more likely I am to be able to find time to help you. In particular, I need three weeks' notice to write a recommendation letter.

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