Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed entropy and related topics and equations. We then reviewed all of thermodynamics, kinetic molecular theory, and heat transfer for the student's test."
"Today we covered solution problems for the student's chemistry final coming up. He has practiced these with me before but we covered various problems his teacher had assigned as practice."
"The student and I discussed three "one page, one side" papers for her NATS course. Each of these papers dealt with a concept from the lecture, and she and I worked to distill the concepts presented from the lecture into her own words. I felt like the student had a solid grasp on the basic "What, How, and Why Do We Care" of each topic, and had written papers that satisfied the assignment rubric. We also began her Psychology course summary, a cumulative overview of important topics covered during the year, and I worked with her to help her identify the key components of each lecture series and communicate those ideas according to the assignment rubric. The student had a good handle on both of these assignments, but I think she appreciated having the extra input, especially when reviewing and determining what information to highlight."
"Today, the student completed the second half of her homework. Today, she focused on ratios of brightness and luminosity. We also worked on the H-R diagram and the vastly different life tracks of stars of different mass. She did very well with the content, but still needs to be very careful with inputting calculations in her calculator."
"We went over induced current and induced motions in a magnetic field, using the right hand rule and left hand rule separately. We also studied step-up and step-down transformer problems and solved some test problems from the international test book and checked the answers on mark scheme. There are a lot of new topics to cover for the final exam in the next few days, but I think the student is up to the challenge."
"In this session, we worked on the student's understanding of the new subject of electricity and electric circuits. She had done a previous assignment dealing with electric forces, which can get complicated, and although she got the correct answers, she didn't understand why. I showed her how electric forces can be summed just like the other forces she had seen, and how the issue with them is the sign. There is no consistent way to use the general equation to determine the direction of electric force, so we discussed how to use the law of attraction/ repulsion to determine direction and sign of electric force. We also went through a practice quiz her teacher assigned which covered old material, in preparation for her upcoming AP exam. We finished our session by discussing circuits, V=IR, and the concepts of parallel versus series circuits, and which values (V, I, or R) are held constant in each case."