Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went further into Kinematics today. The student had a homework set as well as a review that we worked through. We covered more difficult kinematics, requiring the setup of multiple equations. To a large extent she understood what was necessary and if not just required a little push in the right direction. She still has a little figuring out in which order to solve for variables but is helped by writing things down."
"The student and I went over her math quiz today. We then worked through her physics homework on finding volume and density. We finished the time by working through her algebra homework, including solving equations for variables with subscripts and solving for angles inscribed in a circle."
"The student and I assessed what exactly his teacher is doing in class, and reviewed the textbook together. Class consists in one whole period of in-class reading each week, followed by hands-on activities related to the content in the book. In order to make this useful to him, we practiced note-taking strategies that he can use to keep himself engaged and productive in class. Conceptual physics is difficult in that it is so conceptual, and a student needs to find ways to study for it that are similar to studying for non-science classes. He and I will continue to work on these skills, and I will provide practice worksheets keyed to the book in the future."
"Together we went through a recent homework assignment. We covered how to properly use kinematic equations to solve problems. The student only needed a little help to solve the problems, so we briefly talked about what would be covered next in class."
"We discussed motion along a straight line and practiced solving problems in the standard way, including listing known and unknown variables and making diagrams to help solve problems. No scores were presented to show progress however the student showed a great of progress in understanding. She struggled mostly with visualizing the problem and breaking it down into smaller parts, which we worked on. I left her with nothing to practice on as she is about to start a new section, which we did discuss briefly to help prepare her for her next classes."
"Continued reviewing physics. The student was much more productive and focused today. She knew all the Hz (hertz) questions I threw at her. Hopefully when we continue reviewing waves later this week, the focus will be the same as tonight!"
"Beginning kinematics: velocity vs. speed, distance vs. displacement, acceleration. Quick looks at units as they are used in science. Asked to complete homework assignment from professor and look at book's practice problems."
"The student had some homework in physics to do today. We worked on it for one hour, she did problems that involved vectors, speed, acceleration, velocity and the difference between vector and scalar quantities. She seems to have a good grasp on the concepts once I explained the formulas to her and how to manipulate them to get one of the variables when the others were given. She will get her test back before our next session so we will know how her understanding is and what she needs help with."
"The student had a take home quiz that we worked through together. Most of the questions centered around gravity, force, and acceleration. We talked about the general concepts of Newtonian physics, and how applying different forces to objects will affect their motion. We also covered velocity and acceleration equations, and used those with the basic force equation (F=ma) to solve lots of different problems."
"The student worked on select problems from a physics packet about conservation of energy and work. A few times, she needed some direction on how to approach a problem, but she executed most/all of the questions fine with little to no help."
"Today we had more discussion about the nature of quantum processes and chaotic processes, and how one can affect the other. Also, we discussed the Heisenberg Principle, Schrodinger's Cat, and the disappearance of quarks."
"After introductions we went over speed, velocity distance, displacement basics. The student had questions over her test review and homework which I helped her with. These were over two or three chapters with topics such as acceleration, vectors, one-dimensional and some two-dimensional motion problems. Position vs. time and velocity vs. time graphs were part of these problems also. She said she has never taken Trigonometry, so I helped her with that because she had questions/problems that included trig in the vector problems. I didn't see any grades or scores. She was struggling with the trig and labeling her numbers and answers with the proper units. But I think she got better with it after I explained how and why it is so important."