Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I were preparing to work on her class final. We covered problems on the same material, and made it so she could figure out how to sift through a mass of tables and figures and text to determine which parts most directly related to the questions she would be asked. It was definitely a lot of material, but she came through in good shape, and should be in a strong position to work on her final exam."
"This week, we covered material from chapter 19 (magnetism) and the student completed her assignment which had conceptual questions about the material in this chapter. Topics included magnetic fields around a current-carrying wire, magnetic force, and applications of magnetism including cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions. Last week, she took the chapter 18 test and mentioned that she was confident when taking it. We'll have a chance to review the test at the beginning of our next session."
"The student was working on a homework problem set about diffraction. I explained double slits, diffraction gratings, single slits, and thin films, stressing the path length difference and constructive and destructive interference. Then, we worked through some old AP Physics B thermodynamics problems as a means of reviewing for the test."
"The student and I began forces this week. We will aim to cover tension/ friction over the course of the next session and begin circular motion over the session after that. This should help us lead into gravitation and Kepler's laws. Today we covered Newton's laws of motion and spent time extensively on elevator and inclined plane problems. We discussed the importance of picking an appropriate coordinate system and how that can make a problem easier to solve. We also went over how to set up free body diagrams and discussed problem-solving strategies such as breaking up forces into their components."
"We worked on the review sheet the student had for an upcoming test. He needed help somewhat with the formulas, units, and concepts differentiating electrical potential and potential energy. I had him practice deriving the formulas from the laws, which he will have to do when he takes the AP exam. I encouraged him to continue practicing these problems and to review the concepts in his textbook to strengthen his understanding."
"We covered a review on DNA replication, the semiconservative model, lagging versus leading strand, viral genomes, structures, and reproductive cycles, and went over the student's genetics test on Punnett squares and family trees. She needed help with some of the newer vocabulary terms and some tricky questions on her genetics test. She was very appreciative of the material covered. We talked about what portions of her past test and upcoming test will be tested on the AP exam and what AP prep books to buy to prepare for the exam in May."