Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has begun problems in 2 dimensions, which while more challenging, she knows how to approach. We spent the session going through some of her homework, and a couple example problems. She did have a little difficulty with vectors, as well as some of the trigonometry, but we were able to work through the problems. She will be speaking with her professor tomorrow to ensure she was using the right approach."
"Newton's three laws and how they apply to tension and frictional forces. The student had her first test under my tutelage and she scored a high A. She was very pleased."
"The student and I discussed and also worked out problems from her textbook covering velocity, instantaneous velocity, acceleration, average/instantaneous acceleration, displacement. We reviewed free fall and the constant acceleration equations."
"Covered circular motion, vectors, and relative motion in preparation for the student's next test. He is understanding the core concepts very well and knows when to use the correct equations. Also discussed importance of recognizing units of different measures to aid in finding the answer."
"I helped the student with his homework set for his Applied Nuclear Physics course -- four problems focusing on kinetic energy and mass of elementary particles. I also helped him solidify his ability to convert metric units in his head. He didn't have any major problems with the work. He has a test on Monday; we will likely meet briefly before his test."
"We spent a lot of time going through Newton's Laws of motion, and developing a conceptual framework for the concepts. We paid special attention to F=ma, and its implications for objects at rest, at motion at constant velocity, and accelerating motion. This led to an overview of reference frames as well. We worked on developing conceptual "movies" to show how different reference frames play out."
"The student's conceptual physics class has begun to discuss Newton's second law. He reviewed the notes he took with me, and had done a great job with the note taking strategies I shared with him last week. We went through the chapter together and discussed the check-your-understanding questions, and then completed a selection of the review questions at the end of the chapter. I left him with a selection of questions to write responses to before our next meeting. He did well on a recent quiz, making an A, and has a B for the class at mid-term."
"We discussed newton's 3 laws, I did not see any scores to note progress, the student wasn't struggling with much, other than some over complication of the problems, but we got that cleared up in just a few minutes."
"We talked about a range of subjects, but most of them revolved around drawing free-body diagrams and setting up net force equations in the horizontal and vertical dimensions. The student seems to have a good command of the material, and mainly needs some encouragement and affirmation that some of the things she is thinking are correct, as well as someone to bounce ideas off of."
"Today, I did a summary lecture on physics topics from Motion, to vectors, to Force and then to friction forces. I first covered the 4 equations of motion, and when to use each equation, then I touched on graphic representation from position vs. time, to acceleration vs. position. Then I covered vectors both as Magnitude with direction, and the implicit direction for coordinate axis. Lastly, I touched on Newton's 3 laws, and then friction."
"We covered the students last test. She seemed to be a very fast learner and just didn't seem to have a good grasp of the concepts she learned. With continued lessons, the student should do very well in her courses."
"We covered a couple of problems involving forces. We discussed how to set up a force diagram as well as how to interpret information from these diagrams. The student has some homework to complete for this chapter on her own."