Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered a variety of topics from previous sample exams the student wanted to cover. The questions were mostly related to proteins and protein structure, and DNA structure, and the various types of chemical reactions that could affect these macromolecules. I have a couple of follow-up questions to answer for her."
"The student and I discussed concepts related to position-time graphs and velocity-time graphs. She was having trouble keeping the vocabulary straight, so I spent time clarifying how words are used in physics."
"Today the student and I worked on kinematic 1 dimensional problems, vectors, and vector word problems. She did an excellent job! I encourage her to read her textbook. I believe that it will make it easier for her to understand her teacher. By reading she will become more fluent in the material. Also, if it is possible for her to spend extra time working on problems with her teacher, that would be great. Finally, I would recommend that she work in 20 minute intervals using a timer. This method has proven to make studying easier."
"The student has a test on systems of forces and tensions coming up, and already had a good grasp of them. We worked through a few examples of angles, planes, and pulley systems. We also reviewed some earlier work she had trouble with (mostly keeping track of directions and minus signs), and I talked to her about making 'summary notes' for test studying."
"The student is doing well with respect to understanding key concepts and manipulating the basic kinematic equations he is required to use when solving problems. When using these equations, high school physics becomes fairly easy and he seems to be comfortable with it all. When given a problem he is able to assess the information given and decide which tool, in this case which kinematic equation, he should use. This being said, this is only the beginning of the class and physics typically picks up. However, I do not suspect he will have much trouble even in coming weeks or come the latter half of the class. He is a smart student when it comes to mathematics and high school physics is essentially equations and choosing which equation to use based on the information given in the problem, aside from a few concepts along the way. I reassured him that physics is a much more straightforward subject and for mathematically-inclined students, it becomes little of a problem. On each exam students are granted calculators and a list of the equations they will need to know so he should not worry about memorizing any equations unless his teacher says otherwise. I think he'll find physics to be a much more satisfactory experience than chemistry. In addition, his clear mathematical instinct will grant him a better ability to traverse the subject than most other students."
"Today with the student we worked on reviewing for her online quiz, which is on the first 4 units/chapters. The material covered introduction to environmental science, methods of studying it, why the environment is in danger and the importance of studying it, and more. The quiz is 30 points and there are 6 of them per semester."