Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I talked more today about information he had gathered on relating the laws of thermodynamics to each other, and to application in the biological process of photosynthesis. He asked lot of good questions that got me thinking, too, and he has put a lot of pieces in place very well. He demonstrates very impressive work with a very intricate and detailed area of physics."
"The student had an exam this morning and said that it went very well. She said that there was one problem she was unsure of but is pretty sure that she earned partial credit. The student spent the first half of the session completing today's homework, which was on gases and very similar to chemistry. We also reviewed the objectives for this chapter, and these covered temperature, ideal gases, and root mean speed. We then finished reviewing the first exam. We reviewed how to set up these free body diagrams and how to use the coordinate plane. We then reviewed the objectives from these first four chapters, and the student had a good grasp on those. She talked through them on her own, and I did not have to correct or add much."
"The student and I reviewed physics test. It appears the student knows the material but has test-taking anxiety and needs more work on time management. I am planning on working on those skills with her."
"In this session, the student and I spent most of the time going over his practice test. His practice test had multiple-choice and free-response questions that dealt with kinematics, energy, rotational mechanics, and center of mass. It was a very good practice for him."
"The student and I started to work on acceleration. Initially he was a bit confused by the unit (meters per second squared), but once we explored the equation for calculating acceleration, the units made more sense to him. From that point, we used graphs of d versus t and v versus t to explore how d, v, a, and t all were related (and by what equations). He took very well to this, and after a few practice problems of making up numbers, we tried a real example (which involved trig ratios). I showed him some basics of how to work with trigonometric functions, and he had no major problems."
"I introduced the concepts of Work, Energy, Power and Momentum. I derived the main equations and possible variations that exist on the level of High School Physics. I discussed the possible questions and most often tested concepts on these topics. I had the student answer 10 questions with plans for more by the end of the week."
"The student and I reviewed Newton's first law of motion then moved on to acceleration, velocity vs. speed, instantaneous and average velocity, time interval/elapsed time, exponential equations with negative bases."
"The student and I began our review in preparation for her final. She thinks she performed well on her exam in comparison to the previous exam. We did an 8-question review quiz on kinematics, vectors, and Newton's laws. I gave her ~20 review problems complete with answers."
"We covered the practice exam for the student. He seems to do very well and seems very relaxed about his exam. I'm confident he can do well and pass his course."
"We continued our work, trying to develop a better understanding of the research paper so that he can translate the concepts into a computer program. We created a detailed outlined showcasing every step and letting us visualize what the code should look like."
"The student and I spent the majority of our session working through her chemistry work from the previous weeks. We reviewed her electron configuration worksheets and talked about the elements that have unusual electron configurations. Then we discussed excited states and various periodic trends such as ionization energy, electron affinity, electronegativity, and atomic/ionic radius. We did a few practice problems together that indicated that she has a strong grasp on these concepts. Then we moved on to review her static equilibrium worksheet from physics. She had a few problems solving the tension problems before realizing that she had to use the algebra skills that we had earlier discussed with solving systems of equations using elimination and substitution techniques. We will revisit this topic in our next session"
"Today we covered Coulomb's law, vertical acceleration problems, temperature conversions and reviewed momentum. Coulomb's law was the most difficult task today due to the amount of math/the magnitude of numbers involved, but she got it after some practice. Tomorrow we do circuits and waves before moving on to physics B."