Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was our final session before his first exam, so we decided to focus on the types of problems that he is feeling least confident about. We had done a lot of work in previous sessions on equations of motion, so we focused on force problems, particularly ones involving slopes and/or pulleys. While he was struggling with the example problems at the beginning of the session, by the time we wrapped up he was working complex pulley problems almost entirely on his own, with only occasional minor guidance from me. Given that he was working some of the most difficult example problems from his textbook today, I think he will do fine with whatever his professor throws at him on his exam tomorrow."
"We reviewed the student's homework and other problem sets for chapters 19, 20, and 21 to prepare for an exam this Thursday. She asked me about problems she answered incorrectly or was unclear on, and we discussed them until she felt she understood how to approach problems of that type in the future."
"The student sent me several problems earlier in the week that were handed out by his professor, which cover all major topics of his upcoming test. I worked through them before our session and we went over them together analyzing how to approach the problems and identifying key concepts and equations that apply to each. The main topics involved free fall, kinematics, position/velocity/acceleration graphs, incline planes, relative motion, projectile motion and circular motion. He will work on finishing his index card that will contain important information/equations and will use during his test."
"We worked on solving for components for the different forces on a force diagram. This was nice for us because it built off of what the student and I discussed last week. She did remarkably well on the homework problems and basically walked me through them, pausing to ask questions as necessary. By the third problem though, she was doing them on her own! After completing the homework we looked at two harder problems. I focused on driving in the concepts of constant velocity and at rest meaning balanced forces and the concept that if a system is balanced that means that "all of the up are equal to all of the downs" and "all of the rights are equal to all of the lefts." We also focused again on the rhyme "x and cos are kinda close and y and sine kinda rhyme." She did an amazing job tonight and I'm confident that she completely grasps this concept."
"The student and I talked about the test he took last week. We also started to talk about wave phenomena. He was initially very confused about the visualization of sine waves, but seemed to understand it by the end of the session."
"The student and I worked through some Physics problems regarding circular motion. We then talked through some of her writing questions and a little test-taking strategy for her upcoming test. We also spent a small amount of time discussing her interests and what she wants for her future career, in an effort to relate the "why" behind her schoolwork now."
"The student has gotten two more checks for physics--a lab grade and passed a quest on conservation of energy. We went over conservation of momentum and the impulse-momentum theorem, so that he would be able to get checks for those quests as well. We then prepared for his statistics test, which includes population estimation and using t-charts to find confidence intervals of a population mean. He definitely knew what he was doing with this somewhat advanced subject and was confident that he'd do well on the test."
"The student had her physics test on Friday and felt very good about it which is great! We went over how to draw a circuit and what the different components of a circuit look like. We talked about how electricity flows like water in a river and will always take the path of least resistance. We also discussed how light switches work and why a potato light actually lights up. The end of the lesson was all about algebra two."
"For this session, I helped the student with reviewing chapter 12 on sound waves for his test. I covered a review for the whole chapter, including intensity of sound waves and harmonics (open-ended, closed-ended). I went through the derivation of fundamental frequency formula and corresponding general formulas for open-ended and closed-ended pipes. After he understood the concepts, he worked on practice problems. He got a good understanding of concepts involved in the chapter and was able to solve problems correctly and quickly, which shows a good progress. Our session was productive and went well."
"Physics: Adding Vectors. Breaking Vectors into its X and Y components. Adding like vectors: X with X and Y with Y. Summing up final vector using Pythagorean Theorem and Trigonometry to solve for final angle."
"Student and I went over her physics homework in preparation for her quiz tomorrow. The topics focused mainly on the conservation of momentum and the nature of collisions. She struggled at first but quickly grasped the concepts and was confident in her abilities by the end of the session."
"In preparation for an upcoming unit on voltage, student worked on a summary of an analogy activity. It used fluid flow rate to represent charge flow rate, and how various changes in the system affects charge flow rate. Also, how voltage will affect charge flow rate when battery is set up in series and in parallel. Student and I discussed the results of the activity and she drew the various circuits each activity represented."