Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed recent material for her test, which focused on thin films and EM wave properties. The student is struggling a little with how to use all the EM wave equations together, but we made progress on that front. We also discussed a couple of the more challenging aspects of thin films, which she seemed to grasp by the end of the lesson. She's just reviewing and the test was the next day."
"The pupil and I covered AP free-response problems dealing with momentum, springs, and forces. I left her to review momentum and circular motion. We will do more problems concerning those topics next session."
"The student has a test on Thursday or Friday on electricity -- specifically, chapters 17 and 18, resistance, capacitance, and direct current -- and so we reviewed the assigned portions of these chapters conceptually, and did problems together in chapter 17. Specifically, we went over I=Q/T, the direction of current, circuit diagrams, Ohm's law, resistors, osmic, non-Ohmic, and diode materials, resistivity, power (P=IV) and its relationship to resistance, the electromotor force, and resistors and capacitors in series and parallel. Other concepts that we encountered in the problems included free charge density, and the effective current of an electron in the Bohr model. She did an excellent job following along with various types of step-by-step reasoning through these problems, and was able to use the key equations independently, making sure to convert to the proper units. For problems where the answer isn't immediately obvious, unit analysis might be useful for the student. To prepare for the test, she will do the problems in 17 and 18, and reread the chapters to solidify her conceptual understanding. At our next lesson (Monday), we will start reviewing chapters 8, 7, 6, and 3 for the AP, as well as work on any new material given by her teacher."
"The student and I finished up body systems which included the musculoskeletal, endocrine, and reproductive systems. I believe that the endocrine and reproductive systems are probably the most information dense sections (though not necessarily most complicated) to be covered and it seemed like he handled taking it all in fine. I told him he should continue to go over these and commit them to memory as the AP exam likes to ask first level questions about them. We decided we will finish the content of the book next session, do one more session about test strategies, and then do a hard content review in the days leading up to the exam. I have confidence that he will do well on the exam as long as he puts in the time outside of our lessons to continue to study."
"During this session, we focused on the refraction and reflection of light. We started of with curved mirrors. We discussed the signs for the image distance and how that relates to the curvature of the mirrors. We them moved onto refraction and Snell's law. We looked at more complex scenarios of refraction within prisms and finding the index of refraction of various things. We also discussed total internal reflection and what the angles need to be for that scenario. We also discussed trig functions and how to use them for these types of problems."
"We went over the homework problems I left the student and corrected the mistakes she made. We then finished going over Exam 2 and reviewing any stray concepts from that exam that she had missed. We then began to go over carboxylic acids properties and synthesis. I left her with some homework problems and assignments."