"Session Sixteen Tutoring Review
The student's professor in her physics course informed the class of their next topics that they will be covering, and we began our conceptual lessons in advance of the pace of the class. Today was the first day of attempting to impress upon the student the impotence of mathematics in her chosen field, and I was able to demonstrate and show her my current coursework involving the same fundamental algebraic skills she is learning now. The major topics we covered today are outlined below.
She had a constant flow of questions concerning the topics in physics that the class will soon be beginning, and we spent considerable time discussing the various theories, behaviors, scientific experimental discoveries, and the numerous physicists that contributed to them.
I demonstrated some of the upper level equations that she will eventually tackle and highlighted how integral her algebra skills will be to her success in physics. She seemed both relieved and determined when she realized that algebra is fundamental to her future, and I hope that this will help inspire her to find algebra as engaging as she finds physics and cosmology!
I introduced to her a small amount of calculus, and rather than being intimidated by the complexity of the math and symbols she declared that she thought it looked way more interesting and fun than working on algebra! I promised her that we could start incorporating upper level physics and mathematics in her studies when her algebra studies begin progressing as well as her physics.
Homework and our Plan for Session XVIII: Our next session is scheduled for Sunday at 2pm.
We will review both her physics and algebra homework and lecture concepts for the new topics.
I will continue to impart the importance of algebra to her and her chosen field of study, and we will practice vocabulary, association, and problem solving skills.
Notes: It was a pleasure to speak in detail about what it means to become a physicist, the different fields and the scientists and contributions that are associated with them. Once again she showed an understanding and foreknowledge of very advanced theories and experiments that was well beyond her years!
It is definitely a joy to work her, and I'm thrilled with her tremendous efforts!"