Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the session reviewing the first semester and venturing into some subjects which were skimmed over in their course, especially torque. The students only spent one week in thermodynamics, so we began by reviewing the gas laws and got a little bit into PV work, which we will continue in the next session."
"He has finished the vibration/wave/sound portion and is moving into thermodynamics. We started with explaining some of the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics, and worked some heat transfer problems. Then we worked some more general problems for the section. As usual, the student grasped the material quickly and I foresee no issues with this section for him."
"During this session the student and I finished discussing waves and optics and began to look at atomic and nuclear physics. We reviewed the relevant equations in addition to tackling a handful practice problems."
"We reviewed concepts of electric fields, flux, Coulomb's law, capacitance, and circuits. We applied these concepts to practice problems in the textbook. For additional work I advised the student to reread the chapters in the text and complete 2-3 problems from every subsection."
"The main focus of my and the student's session today was on physics. His class is covering magnetism, and in particular we worked through problems involving Faraday's law of induced current. We stepped through the problems slowly, considering what we needed to do and how we could do so at each step of the way. Overall this was good, as by the end he was able to quickly work through parts that he had seen before (such as computing EMF and current due to EMF). The last part of our session we switched focus to calculus. His class has just started a new chapter on vector valued functions, so I briefly discussed what those are and what parallels they hold to other material that he's learned in calculus (for instance, derivatives and integrals work the same way, and any vector valued function can be thought of in terms of parametric equations)."
"The student had a test on Friday, so we went ahead and looked at new material that hasn't been covered in class yet. The next section is optics which includes mirrors, reflection, refraction, and lenses. We went over ray diagrams, image distance calculations, indices of refraction, and magnification."
"The student and I reviewed the physics of lenses, including converging and diverging lenses and real vs virtual images. I also gave him a little introduction to total internal reflection, and we worked on his homework problems together. I hope in the next week or so to start a comprehensive review for the AP test in May."
"We went through waves. I spent the time going through all of it with her and created a study guide. A lot of the information was new to her. She picked up quickly, we may need to go though some logs and practice problem manipulation."
"The student and I reviewed problems relating to electrostatics and DC circuit analysis, in preparation for a unit test. The student had an intuitive grasp of most of the concepts involved, but recognized that she would need to practice circuit analysis over the coming days-combining series and parallel resistors to answer questions about currents and voltages at particular points in a circuit takes practice. We also covered the algebra tricks involved when dealing with resistors in parallel."