Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on rotational kinematics. Her work dealt mostly with applications of conservation of angular momentum and some analogues of the kinds of linear kinematics questions she received in the beginning of the year. There were also some more unique questions, such as the Atwood machine with a non-massless pulley wheel. It is my hope that by going over these problems early in the process, she will more easily understand them."
"Today the student and I began to cover rotational motion and looked at angular speed, rotational inertia, and torque. He did not struggle much at this point, since this was more of a conceptual lesson. He seemed to understand most of the concepts that we went over."
"Today we practiced predicting and balancing the 5 fundamental chemical reactions. The student did a fantastic job with predicting reactions. He had some confusion with balancing, as there were a few that were incredibly difficult. After working through them together, though, he seemed to develop a much better understanding of balancing chemical reactions."
"We briefly introduced ourselves, and then solved several problems about simple harmonic motion and energy. I first walked through the questions to demonstrate certain strategies, then had her take the lead herself for later questions. She seemed to have a good grasp of the concepts covered. The difficulty was more in figuring out which equations to use or what connections to draw between the concepts (as is typical for physics students!). I think that after continuing to work through problems in a similar way and getting to see how to approach these types of problems, she will become more comfortable solving them independently."
"The student and I did a crash course of projectile motion and force since his midterm is on Monday. In the process of solving a few problems, we found him to be struggling to break vectors (i.e., velocity, acceleration, force) into x- and y- components. We reviewed strategies to remember how to break things into components including SOHCAHTOA. Furthermore, we went through the methodologies to solve kinematic problems and force problems, and lectured through some of the material such as normal force, friction, and tension. I would suggest for him to work through a whole lot more problems given the information we went over in order to cement the knowledge for his test."
"During this session we discussed the saccharides chapter. We started with defining chirality and how it relates to carbohydrates. We discussed the nomenclature and chemical properties of relevant biological carbohydrates. Next we looked at how monosaccharides orient themselves into a ring structure in solution. Then we discussed various modifications that can be done to sugars, focusing on glucose modifications. Finally, we discussed how monosaccharides link together to form oligo and polysaccharides and how the types of linkages and modifications to the monosaccharides change the function of the polysaccharide."