Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session we worked on reviewing for the student's final. We went through past midterms to find any problem areas. We primarily focused on electricity and charge but we also covered some ideal gas law concepts as well. With electrical currents we covered finding voltages and currents when you know the resistances of a circuit. This involved looking at Kirchhoff's rules and what stays constant with parallel and series circuits. We then looked at electrical forces and field strengths. During this we primarily focused on vector addition. We also discussed what makes something an ideal gas and how the ideal gas law can be manipulated."
"Today we did problems involving the relationships between charge, voltage, current, resistance, and power. She had a little trouble remembering which units go with which quantity, but had no trouble actually solving the problems."
"We reviewed all of the chapters about optics in preparation for the student's upcoming test. We practiced drawing refraction angles as well as calculating the angle using Snell's Law and how to determine if there is no refraction because all of the light is being reflected. We also reviewed color and how we see colors and knowing when to use the primary color vs. the secondary color triangles. Lastly we also reviewed electromagnetic radiation and which types have longer wavelengths and how radiation is produced from electrons moving around the nucleus of an atom. The student is feeling confident about the other topics in this section such as the parts of the eye and ray diagrams for objects seen in mirrors or lenses so she is planning on going through the review questions for these topics on her own before the test."
"We covered 1-dimensional kinematics to prepare for Thursday's test. I showed the student a strategy for extracting the variables from the problem, including those that were not necessarily given. We covered how to choose the correct physics equation once the variables are known. We spent a lot of time on motion graphs, including position-time and velocity-time graphs. We discussed what the slopes of the graphs mean. She is a bright and motivated student, and was calm when the material was difficult."
"In today's session, we had a lot of review for quizzes or tests in multiple subjects including physics, biology, and math. For math the student completed problem set 20 for homework as well as a review sheet I made to give him more practice on the material for this quiz. For biology, he completed an addition review sheet which covered the material for his quiz including cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. For physics he completed the 5 motion questions assigned to him as homework. I was impressed with how focused he stayed throughout the entire session as well as the amount of material he was able to complete."
"We went over two dimensional motion including vector addition, referencing angles, and projectile problems. We talked about splitting two dimensional motion problems in to x and y components and noted the forces acting in each direction that caused acceleration. We also started general problem solving strategies for centripetal accelerations."