Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was the last session for the student. The exam is tomorrow afternoon. This student has studied class materials and his notes consistently and he recently made a 5 (a very clear-cut 5, by the way) on a former actual exam. We reviewed scattered topics and a few of the more obscure formulas. I think he is well positioned to make a 5 on the real exam on Monday."
"In this session, we covered the entire chapter on Thermodynamics, including the 0th, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd laws. We discussed each law, including overall meaning, examples, usage in situations, and concepts arising from each law such as entropy, heat engines, and heat flow."
"We reviewed study guide problems for her test. We went over projectile motion and resultant velocity. We also worked on some mastering physics extra credit problems. She seems to be understanding projectile motion much better now."
"We went over uniform circular motion. I gave a mini lecture before we started problems. The student is very comfortable with the material."
"Reviewed projectiles and vector addition. No grades shown. Student was having trouble with her online assignment, so we worked through some of the issues together. Student will be receiving some feedback from her teacher next week on some assignments she completed, so we will review those at the next session."
"The student and I talked mainly about projectile motion; he was having the most trouble with setting the problems up (not necessarily doing the math). We were able to go through some techniques to help organize the information in those problems; I think he felt a little better about them at the end. Good session."
"We covered basic kinematics including: the definitions of distance, displacement, velocity, acceleration and the formulas for average velocity and acceleration and the 4 basic kinematics equation for motion with constant acceleration. I also stressed the fact that object's acceleration and velocity are sometimes not in the same direction but also sometimes in OPPOSITE directions to one another and the importance of reading each problem slowly and carefully to pick up on both explicit and implicit information. Finally, I helped the student write a lab report for an experiment that her physics teacher had her and her classmates do; explaining the purpose of the experiment and why it was designed in the manner that it had been. I asked the student to begin reading the chapter for whatever topic her teacher was going to be covering BEFORE he started covering it to increase the number of times she would see concepts before being tested on them."
"Today we worked through a worksheet on projectile motion. The student was doing well using the equations, but she hadn't memorized them yet, so we worked on her ability to solve the problems without having to refer to the book for the formula. We finished the worksheet and then I came up with more sample problems that were more advanced than those on the worksheet to prepare her for the weeks ahead."
"The student and I went over a worksheet he had that covered linearization. We practiced two or three problems using this concept. We then studied some free fall problems with increasing difficulty. The student was also preparing for an upcoming test so we discussed how to transition from position graph to acceleration graphs and vice versa."
"The student's class has now moved on to forces and Newton's laws. I helped her with a couple of problems from her textbook, and then we spent most of the time working through corrections on her previous test. The student is already using all the exposure strategies she can to get used to AP-style tests. I also noticed she was having a particular issue with confusing the methods pertaining to horizontal and vertical projectile motion. I gave her some suggestions for keeping the situations distinct."
"The student is still having a little trouble knowing the first step. She mentioned she did not do well on a test because she was not able to finish. I will try to employ some strategies so she is better equipped at managing time and understanding the problems. I have noticed she understands a bit better when there is an image or a diagram. We spent most of the session going through homework problems, as well as a take home quiz."
"This was my first session with the student and we went over her mastering physics homework. She is currently working on projectile motions. I suggested that she write out every single step when working and that seemed to help her. We got through the homework and we will be doing another hour tomorrow at 2 pm. I plan on finding and assigning some homework that has to do with identifying variables and equations to make sure that the student has a strong foundation in physics before we move on."