Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student continued to work on homework covering the circular motion chapter. She worked on problems involving angular velocity and momentum, moment of inertia and how moment of inertia is analogous to mass, torque=Force x, moment arm relationship, in particular comparing how various forces will affect a wrench or other object based on where they are applied."
"I had printed some problems for complex circuits, basic series and parallel circuits, along with other basic concept questions. He didn't have any notes and was struggling with this material last week, but he is doing much better now. I did give him some strategies for working out these circuit problems again, like last week. I left extra practice for him to work on. He told me he has a test on Monday. I think he will do well."
"Today, the student and I worked on solving problems involving capacitors. Specifically, we started with some problems using the equations given for finding the capacitance of air-filled capacitors of various geometries (parallel-plate, spherical, cylindrical, etc.) before moving on to solving problems involving capacitors combined in series, parallel, and mixed arrangements. We also discussed how to use conceptual knowledge of how voltage and charge work in a circuit to derive the properties of parallel and series capacitor combinations. I gave him some pointers on general problem-solving techniques for circuit problems, since he will be dealing with them for a large portion of this course."
"Pre-Calc: Continued with arithmetic sequences and series. I showed the student how to solve for unknown variables while keeping known variables as "letters" rather than substituting values right away. Physics: Continued with Ohm's Law, power and energy problems."
"We covered kinematics, centripetal motion, conservation of energy, potential energy, kinetic energy, waves, and harmonics. The student seems to do much better in a one-on-one setting, so we will keep doing this for future sessions."
"During this session we focused on work and energy. We discussed what work is and how to calculate it. We also looked at vector quantities and a method to clearly calculate what we would like to find. We also discussed how work and energy are related, especially the Work Energy Theorem. We discussed ways we can use the Work Energy Theorem. We also discussed strategies for approaching questions to be able to answer a question in a timely fashion."
"We covered mostly vector problems that dealt with electric charges. The student quickly picked up vectors once I explained the concepts. She was very determined to understand the problems and was a pleasure to work with her."
"The student has gotten a 100 on his chapter 22 quiz! He was so proud! He has a test on the same material tomorrow, so we made sure that he knew how to do all of the circuit problems well. We also thoroughly made sure he knew all the vocabulary and the concepts behind this test. By the end, he was able to do all the problems with confidence and I am confident that he will do very well on his exam tomorrow."
"Student is beginning to look at the concepts of position, velocity, acceleration, and how they relate to each other. We went forward in his future assignments and practiced problems he will encounter."
"Today we spent the majority of the session working on the concepts of density and pressure. We did several definitions in order to define the above concepts and expand them towards understanding different scenarios. The scenarios included pressure experienced underwater, at high elevations, and eventually into a discussion on Pascal's principle. We did a couple of practice problems but spent most of the time illustrating and discussing the concepts."
"Student had homework on kinematics and circular motion. We worked on a lab assignment as well. We were able to work through all of the problems. We have been trying to work on problem set up because that is where he stumbles. Once the problem is set up, he does not have any problems with the math involved. He has done well on problems, but I am concerned that he is not completely understanding the material. A longer tutoring session may be helpful."
"Student and I reviewed and did problems in review for an exam, as well as went over feedback from his first exam. Specifically, we covered the concepts of Newton's laws and centripetal acceleration as well as strategies in their application to solve problems. The feedback we discussed included the topics of vectors, definitions and equations of kinematic principles, and circular motion. He is grasping the concepts and their basic application. He is a very conscientious student, and is self-motivated to maintain mindfulness of his progress in his courses. Feedback from this physics exam will be a helpful gauge in being able to make more comments about progress."