Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was well prepared, and we spent the hour going over two fairly complex problems from previous tests (universal gravitation and centripetal force). We worked on understanding the question conceptually first, before diving into the actual computations. In fact, one question was virtually all conceptual and algebraic, requiring very little physics, while the other was heavily based in physics. The student's attitude is excellent, and she is a strong learner. We will be meeting again tomorrow for more test preparation ahead of her exam on Friday."
"We reviewed the student's homework worksheets; they were mostly on acceleration problems and some math skills. I helped her analyze her answers to see if they made sense. We also discussed mass vs weight."
"We went through a detailed discussion of the student's formative assessment from class and moved on to some AP multiple choice questions from previous tests. She was generally able to solve these problems, but she will need to be faster with them for the AP test. We will continue to work on her time management and pacing. Before the next session, I will send her several AP questions for her to approach on her own as though in a test situation, and we will discuss how she did. The student reported her score in the class, and she is now earning an A."
"The student and I worked more on rate laws and reaction rates. We looked at using the integrated rate law along with half-life. We had some extra time and spent it looking at trig identities for pre-calculus."
"Today, I went over material on basic electromagnetism with the student. She is very quick to pick up new concepts, and she had little difficulty following along solving problems on material she had never seen before."
"We went over the topics of equilibrium of forces, free body diagrams, geometry problems, and vector equations. The student was struggling the most with equilibrium of forces and geometry problems. She was patient and understanding of the complexity of the material. I included guided problem solving. I let her work through the problem for a bit before I jumped to help her. I explained what she couldn't understand and let her work through the problem with the tools I gave her. I left her with a practice problems which I know will help her achieve success on the area of spring constants. She needs more practice in order to understand the material. However, she has learned very fast and is definitely now in a better standing towards the subject."