Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began her physics review with vectors and differential and integral calculus. She noted that she hadn't really used the material in several years, so we worked our way up from some basic definitions to basic kinematic equations. Then, we worked a couple of problems together using her workbook. We will focus our future sessions on problem-solving strategies while she reviews concepts."
"The student and I met to go over her lab. The lab was about projectile motion. I explained what was happening in the lab and what was required in terms of analysis. We spent more time working on a projectile motion on an inclined plane. She did not have time to finish this problem during the session so I later on emailed her a summary. We will continue to build on her basic math skills so she can perform calculations in Physics."
"We had our first session today, and it was all physics. She has recently been introduced to the one dimensional equations of motion. She has a test on it this Friday, and she was given a long worksheet by her teacher. We made it through 7 of the 8 problems together. I think she got a lot out of it."
"We covered the various types of Forces and a few key equations regarding Force. The student learned today how to draw free body diagrams and he is starting to get the hang of it. We also reviewed acceleration and the various equations with it."
"For the first session, I asked her what she needed help with. She had a few questions about the equations for linear motion and where to plug numbers into SOHCAHTOA and the way to solve some of the equations. However, it seemed like she was more competent than she originally thought. We went over a few vector and linear motion practice problems from the textbook."
"We talked about work, kinetic energy, and using Newton's laws. The student does not have a lot of experience with limiting cases and thinks developing this skill will help him. Thus I will ask a lot of limit based questions (i.e., what happens when v -> infinity?). He has an exam next Friday and I will make a practice exam for him."
"The student had already done his new homework about the wavelength and frequency of photons, but we went over it and I helped him fix his mistakes -- which were not terrible. We also discussed the basic quantum physics of how photons can excite electrons inside an atom."
"We went over her questions packet. It was mostly working with net forces using inclined planes, tension, and pulleys. I did not hear about how she did on her last exam. She was doing well. She just had some trouble figuring out how to start the problems. We then went over reading the question looking for key words and phrases to tell us the things we know and what we need to find. I left her a page of alternate values to plug in to the questions we had gone over so she could do some extra practice. This session we used a white board to solve problems so that we could have a larger view of the body diagrams."
"The session went well. We covered pulleys, tension, a little about springs and a little about friction forces. She had some good thoughts, she was just struggling with putting all the information together. I have no concerns."
"For this session, we covered topics in Physics and Algebra 2. For the physics section, we covered drawing forces on objects and the concept of mass times acceleration. We drew the forces on objects and labeled net Force vector and direction. For the algebra 2, we covered how to make and solve systems of equations from word problems. We went over the homework assigned."
"I met the student today. We discussed her physics course and it's place in her life. After getting a handle on the situation we dived into and saw just how clear Clare's understanding is. It's very good."
"The student and I did a full review of the test. We moved on to a quick review of circular motion and then looked more in depth at work and energy and how we can use them to solve problems that previously required kinematic equations. Advised her to do the homework and quizzes even without credit for the practice."