Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For the duration of the session we went over the student's review sheet for her last physics test on momentum. After reviewing the concepts of momentum, I think that she understood it."
"We continued our discussion of electric fields, today covering how to draw electric field lines and the interactions of the lines of different charges. The student picked up on how the lines behaved quite quickly and was able to discuss how different charges in both sign and magnitude would affect how lines are drawn. Also continued reviewing induction; she had a much better grasp of behavior of charges in objects when introduced to a charged object near them. Huge improvement since last week."
"We went over the torque and rotational inertia. Specifically, we went over problems of rotational acceleration and conservation of angular momentum. There was one particularly challenging problem, pertaining to defining linear velocity with respect to a moving platform. We discussed the possibility of her meeting with the professor to go over this concept in more detail. She always has an extremely positive attitude, and I think she will master these concepts! She already demonstrated an ability to relate rotational kinetics to linear kinetics."
"We went through more online problems covering Conservation of Energy and Work. I think the student is able to pick up those concepts based off of how she was doing those problems. One new thing that I had to mention was deciding whether work should be positive or negative and I hope she's able to understand the logic behind it. She said that she understands Work and Conservation of Energy much better than the previous material such as kinematics and vectors."
"We covered magnetism, electromagnets, the right hand rule and solenoids. I tried to use basic props to help her to solidify material, and I think that helped. Strategies included just using a real object to represent a wire/loop, etc."
"The student let me know that she got an A in her Algebra 2 class. She showed significant improvement and the grade only reaffirms this. She should be very proud of her achievement. We worked only on physics today before her physics final comes up. By the end of the session, she was able to problem solve. I left her with specific instructions on how to solve both conservation of momentum problems and kinematic problems alike."
"The student & I reviewed 1D kinematics and trigonometry, and went over lessons covering projectile motion and relative velocities. He accommodated the new material quickly & easily, and was competent in applying the concepts to the problems we worked on. He is going to work through more problems on the two new concepts on his own, and I am going to prepare a small exam to assess his knowledge prior to moving on to Newton's Laws."
"Today the student and I worked primarily on rotational kinematics, focusing on problems involving centripetal force at various points in vertical loops. We started by reviewing some questions from a quiz he took earlier in the week and did not do well on, and after working through the problems together, the student felt that he had a better understanding of that particular type of problem. After working through a couple more rotational motion problems, we moved on to work and conservation of energy. We spent a fair amount of time going over how to compute work using line integrals, and once I explained the basic concepts, the student seemed to have no conceptual issues with this kind of problem. For the last bit of today's session, we worked through a problem that combined energy conservation and centripetal force concepts."
"The student and I went over several problems dealing with Conservation of energy, working through several applications of pulleys, inclines and others. He seems to have a great understanding of the material and scored the 5th highest test score of his class. We agreed to have weekly sessions on Thursday."
"We went through a study packet for the student's test on Friday over work, energy, and power. We bounced around problems to make sure the student felt comfortable with each type of question while also leaving him some to practice later. We especially focused on how to know which formula to use for solving a problem, and by the end, he was setting up and solving each problem with ease."
"The student and I worked on doing some complex circuit problems. We went through a worksheet that had several complex circuits that included resistors in both series and parallel and computing the current or the equivalent resistance. After we completed the worksheet, I gave him a couple of problems that required him to think about what the voltage drop and current on each resistor was in order to bring several concepts, including Ohm's Law, together to solve problems."
"She reviewed for the quiz over the unit of electricity that covered electric potential, color coding wires in a circuit based on their electric potential, drawing current through various circuits, parallel, and series with long and with short bulbs. She reworked a worksheet that combined the current and potential difference into several circuits."