Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In our session today, the student and I focused mainly on work and energy. We started off with a short lesson on the fundamental principles of work and energy, making a formula sheet as we explored the various concepts of the chapter. From there, we went through some of the conceptual practice questions from his textbook, touching on kinetic energy, both gravitational and elastic potential energy, efficiency, simple machines, and mechanical advantage. For the remainder of the session, we worked through his online homework problems on the same topics. He is really starting to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the physics topics covered in his course."
"We started to do some review with problem sets he found online. We got through the first one, which he had no issues with and started on the second one. He had no problems getting through them. We then went through circuits (resistors, currents, and voltage drops). I was able to get through each in series and parallel, and explain the concepts of each. We did a couple of problems together and he was able to complete some on his own. We ended our lesson with a combination problem of series and parallel."
"I met with the student the night before her test, and in order to prep we went through the worksheets she was given from her teacher as well as a review sheet. All of these worksheets focused on forces and Newton's second law. While reviewing the worksheets I did the first 1-2 problems with her then let her take the lead on the last few only giving my input when needed. This tactic worked well for the student as it allowed her to develop her confidence. By the time we got to the review sheet, she was able to confidently complete even the hardest problems on her own. I am very pleased with her progress."
"The student is understanding most of this current unit on static electricity. We went over her homework that used Coulomb's Law and she didn't really need that much guiding except for the last few questions of it. We also went over a practice quiz that she took in class. The last half of the lesson was spent on conceptual questions that dealt with charging by friction, induction, and conduction as well as insulators, conductors, and what an atom looks like (explains why protons don't move but electrons do). I think she is going to do well on her test tomorrow, she seemed very confident and prepared for it!"
"Tonight was a fantastic night for the student! After spending a large amount of time graphing vector components, I was able to sit down with her and teach her the trigonometry used to mathematically solve for components. We then applied that new skill to being able to solve for all of the forces on a force diagram and making sure that they add up to be a total of zero. She did a great job with this. She definitely displayed her confidence and enthusiasm when she said that she finally understands physics and that she can do anything now! It was a positive experience. One of the things that we really concentrated on was remembering that the opposite side of the triangle always uses the sine and that the adjacent side of the triangle always uses the cosine. She completed the four homework questions and we will meet again on Sunday to go over new homework and review quiz questions."
"Today we covered addition and subtraction of vectors (parallelogram law). We also covered the definitions of velocity and acceleration, circular motion, and dot products."
"We only did physics this session because she just had a calculus test (which we will review after getting through her physics test on Monday). We reviewed capacitors and capacitance, building up the concepts from basic concepts (E-field and V) and then integrating it in a circuit. We touched on capacitors in series and in parallel."
"The student worked on a home lab as well as a homework worksheet activity focused on circuits set up in series vs. parallel. She learned new terms in class for this lab, and then in the activity tested how setting up a circuit in series vs. parallel affected the brightness of the bulbs as well as the deflection in the compass. She analyzed the deflection and the brightness and wrote conclusions to match her hypotheses. The worksheet continued to expand on the series vs parallel circuit set up, and how various set ups would compare in terms of brightness."
"The student has an upcoming test on Work, Kinetic Energy, and Potential Energy. We had previously worked on a worksheet on this topic, and we did many of the problems together again. She had also been given a set of types of problems to work on by her teacher. I wrote a couple of parallel problems to practice. She has been doing well in physics, and I believe she will do well on her test."
"The student and I went over a study guide given in class to prepare the students for the type of problems that will most likely be on the test. In addition, he gave me problems in advance to work out that we will be going over during the next few sessions. Our main focus was kinematics, specifically projectile motion and graphing (position, velocity and acceleration). I gave some advice in terms of studying and that he should fill out his equation sheet now to practice using it with the review problems (since he will be using it during the test). Overall it was a great session, he was engaged and willing to learn."
"The student and I went over electrostatics today. She has been having some trouble with vectors, and knowing when to use them, so we first went over vectors, and vector addition/subtraction, and multiplication/division. Rather than just go over all of the concepts in electrostatics, we looked at problems given to her by her teacher. We solved a few together - they covered Coulomb's law, calculating electric force when given electric field and charge, and connecting electrostatics with kinematics through Newton's laws. We talked at length about the importance of directions and how a positive or scalar value can change the direction of a vector through multiplication. We finished the session by talking about how to calculate the electrical field at a point in space when there are multiple source charges. This consisted of breaking down each individual electrical field into its x and y components, then using trigonometry and the Pythagorean theorem to calculate the resultant electric field."
"We reviewed buoyancy and pressure for his upcoming test. He knows the concepts and equations but needs some time to work through everything. I told him to review one of the more challenging problems tonight and to watch a video about pressure concepts."