Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started our session by going over a couple of problems relating to torque, rotational inertia and energy conservation from some prior assessments of hers. The questions themselves were actually quite complex- conceptual problems entirely based on variables with several conversations between rotation and translation- but I felt like we managed to decipher the correct path by the end of our time together. She has a test this upcoming Monday, so we have decided to meet again this Sunday in order to go over new problems together and suss out the best way to solve each one."
"Today we finished a review of material from the previous semester. The student's attitude was positive throughout the session. I included strategies to simplify the material."
"We reviewed our discussion of the quantization of energy and matter waves, and used this to derive characteristics of the hydrogen atom, such as the Bohr radius and the energy of stationary states. We also discussed binding energies and ionization energies."
"We focused mostly on translation, but spent some time reviewing transcription as well. The student's attitude remains excited and positive; she definitely has an aptitude and interest in the foundations of molecular biology. As usual, she was not struggling per se, but found it helpful to review and look at the material from different points of view. We discussed what particular aspects of the material are good to emphasize in studying for exams. She indicated that her homework, which I had helped her with earlier in the week, was correct as we had thought. She is eager to move onto studying mutations, and had an easy facility with the central dogma of molecular biology."
"We discussed rotational statics and dynamics: definition of torque, why it causes rotation, and how to identify line of action in simple problems. We also discussed rotational kinematics with change in angle, angular velocity and angular acceleration. Today we also discussed learning styles. She is very bright and gets concepts quickly. We both agreed she would benefit by setting aside a little time to work problems-- even ones that seems easy. This is to gain speed."
"We reviewed the concept of statics, specifically tension. We went over conservation of momentum and also the momentum-impulse relationship. The student picked up on the material well; he just needed to have a sufficiently detailed walk-through introduction to each of the topics. I stressed to first identify the key concept in the problem, then diagram out the situation and use that information to set up the math and solve the problem."