Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on some electric potential problems, working with various charge distributions, and were able to come to satisfactory conclusions much of the time."
"Beginning his new year, the student is working on early physics concepts. He has worked on most of these topics from chemistry and it has aided him in his preparation. He had some problems, but I gave him numerous examples and referred him to a video to help further. I let him know he can contact me anytime if he needs further assistance."
"We primarily discussed dimensional analysis, velocity and acceleration. The student struggled most with working problems through completely and not skipping steps in the process. She was a bit overconfident about the material, for when I asked her if she understood it she said yes; when I tested her on the topics discussed, her performance said otherwise. I told her to work practice problems every day and to always start each problem by identifying the known and unknown details of the problem."
"Topics covered: Velocity, acceleration, displacement, kinematics, and vector addition. The student initially struggled with figuring out which equations to use to solve problems. We went over a practice exam and some homework problems, and talked about a strategy for this: The first step is to read the problem carefully. Then, gather information by writing down what you know based on the question stem. Next, determine what the question is asking you to find. Look at equation sheet and choose the formula(s) that will help you get the variable you need. Finally, plug in and solve. By the end of the session, he had already improved significantly and was solving some problems nearly without my help. In addition, we introduced some trigonometry (SOH-CAH-TOA), which will be very useful for future vector addition problems. Next week he will learn more about vector addition in class and we will revisit the topic on Thursday."
"Today, we covered vectors, specifically displacement, velocity, and acceleration. The student's main issues were with math, so we spent a good amount of time reviewing trigonometry. We went over a recent quiz, which helped me to discover that her problem was more with math than the actual physics. She has a great attitude and is very determined to not just get a good grade, but to truly understand the material. After we reviewed key math and physics concepts, we went back over some of the homework problems we discussed yesterday and she was able to complete them with minimal help from me. I'm very happy with her progress already and, especially after finding and reviewing her difficulties with math, I believe her understanding will increase exponentially. I showed her some useful tricks with graphs and also showed her my favorite math and physics tool."
"This was our first session, and since school just started last week, we mainly dealt with the concepts of displacement vs distance and vectors. The student mainly struggled with remembering geometric concepts and seeing how they were used in the physics context. However, we did a lot of practice problems, and by the end, he saw their place! We are meeting again next Monday and will work towards learning the concepts on the homework he will have due then. I told him to look at the sheet in advance if he can think of questions to ask me."