Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We used the PV=nRT equation, the proportional relationship between temperature and kinetic energy, and the proportionality of kinetic energy with velocity squared to solve about 3 dozen practice test problems. I asked the student to attempt the remaining 40 non-relativity or 60 relativity questions on the practice test."
"We worked on the student's homework again. This time we started by making an equation "cheat sheet" with important equations to help the student set up the problems. Although it turned out the homework we worked on today was covering a little different material, a lot of crossover topics from Chemistry including PV=nRT and thermal expansion, the equation sheet will prove beneficial for our work next week too. The student did really well setting up the problems, with only a few times where he required guidance, mostly in the setup of dual-step problems. Next time we might work on a problem solving technique to help the student with the steps required to complete a problem. At the end of the session the student seemed much more confident in his work and said he might try to start on next week's assignment before our session."
"During this session we started a review of the physics on the MCAT. We discussed kinematics talking about the difference between displacement and distance, and how these two values relate to velocity. We also talked about acceleration, how to calculate it and how to draw its vector in different cases and how to determine its sign. We then discussed specific cases of movement such as free fall and went over the formulas used for calculations involving free fall. We also talked about projectile motion, and how this motion is studied by dividing it into its horizontal and vertical components and studying them separately. We also solved some practice problems on these topics."
"Todays session went well. We discussed center of mass and momentum. We went over the basic equations about the topics and then did practice problems regarding the topics. We did center of mass related to density problems. In addition, we did both elastic and inelastic equations."
"We went over the student's exam from the previous section about Force, Mass, and Acceleration. She did well on the test but there were a couple concepts that we reviewed. Then we started going over the new concepts in electricity, especially drawing out the current diagrams."
"The student has a very complicated physics lab to accomplish. He has to make a speaker from scratch using the principle of electromagnetism. We looked a one method to do it and we got it built in part. He needs to get some more springs and paint it nice. After we were done, we studied for a geometry quiz he has this Wednesday. It's on areas of polygons, and the student is pretty good at it. I think he is prepared for the quiz."
"The purpose of this session was simply to help the student prepare for her exam. We focused on conceptual stuff only. She's already doing well in the class with almost a 95% and has a good understanding of problem solving. I offered that we go through some practice problems or other review material."
"We covered a number of topics, including energy, spring force, projectile motion, center of mass, and work. This was mostly review for an exam. Our focus was on practicing the method and steps to reach the answers rather than the answers themselves. The student's grasp of the concepts is quite strong; she just needed some help with the process. We will see how the exam went and build from there."
"The student has a physics test this week and wanted to go over the concepts that would be covered and do problems assigned to get the hang of how to work physics problems. The problems we went over focused on momentum, impulse, and determining velocity, displacement, and length of travel when given partial information and using provided formulas to elicit the answers."
"This student is taking a survey-level Physics course. He has an upcoming exam on some features of light, magnetism and a little bit of electricity. We spent the session going over power point handouts from his courses and some practice pages at the end of each chapter. I asked him perhaps 50 to 75 questions when I first sat down, and he got all except one or two correct immediately. I think he understands the material well. We will work on test-taking skills as well during the next session."
"We covered the writings as she attempted to apply quantum theory to biological organisms. Specifically, if you could treat a macroscopic biological organism as possessing quantum coherence. As she is not a student there were no grades to discuss. I was able to explain some of the physical concepts that she references in her research so that she would be able to better assess the merits of that research. Specifically, at which size scale it is appropriate to use quantum mechanics to analyze and which size scale it is not appropriate to use quantum mechanics."
"I provided the student with study questions pertaining to the second half of the Food Microbiology lectures. We went over them as a study guide for the material. We also began going over the lecture notes on epidemiology even though that material has not yet been covered in class."