Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I prepared notes to cover for the chapter the student has an exam for on Friday. In talking with her mother, the student does best when the studying is experiential. I included many graphics, YouTube videos, and fill in the blanks in the notes to make the learning more interactive. Mom authorized using a session of the time to prepare to teach the student on Thursday. I sent the notes to mom for review and look forward to getting started with the student!"
"The student said that his simple harmonic motion test went well. We spent the session doing planetary gravity problems: kinetic energy, potential energy, circular orbits, escape velocity, and angular momentum. The algebra was sometimes pretty hairy, but he was a trooper."
"The student and I went Kirchhoff's Laws. I explained them using the more advanced mathematical notions of nodes and edges. I feel the actual framework of graph theory is simpler than the attempts to sidestep it that most physics books attempt. She started this session trying to learn these topics ahead of the class, and before the session ended was able to solve the hardest problem in her homework on it!"
"We went through first some u substitution things with natural logs and exponential functions and then we moved in AP physics and did work with some magnetism problems. The student primarily had yet to see the natural log and exponential integrals so was unfamiliar with the u sub techniques, but once he got the feel for it he excelled. For the physics work it was mainly that we were working with systems that were not clearly defined and he had no grounding to figure out; once I drew out the systems he seemed to be very comfortable solving the equations."
"The student is a fabulous physics student. She has great mathematical skills and knows how to apply them in physics problems. We discussed a mass spectrometer and RC circuits. She always asks great questions and understands very quickly."
"The student and I worked on electrochemistry, balancing redox reactions in acid (H+) or alkaline (OH) environments. We also talked about corrosion, and the practical application in everyday life of electrochemistry. He seems to understand the concepts really well, and was especially excited when we talked about tangible things, such as the nail in a gutter, coatings on a car, or untarnishing his silver coin"