Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, I met with the student and she came prepared with questions and she had definitely studied what we covered last time. We worked out few general kinematics problems including projectiles, body sliding down a slope, etc. I left her with a problem to solve and asked her to share the results with me."
"The student and I covered material to prepare for a test on Tuesday. We covered forces on inclines and rotational motion. Fortunately it seemed like the student felt more comfortable with certain subjects after our review."
"We talked about uniform circular motion (and a bit about non-uniform circular motion), and how it applies, in particular, to vehicles going around circular curves or tracks. I think the student just needed to go over some of the concepts from her class in a little more detail and more slowly, and she seemed to pick up the concepts well, so that she can use them on problems and refine her understanding. Good gains in this session."
"We covered motion in 2d. Both when the projectile is launched horizontally as well as when it is launched at an angle. We also began using Newton's second law: F=ma. This was our first time looking at the law and we need to keep working on it. She has a test coming up this week. I left her with practice sheets that cover 1-d motion and 2-d motion. I will bring more Newton's second law problems to work on for next time."
"For the first meeting, we talked about where the student is in physics, what she's struggling on, etc. We covered force diagrams and applying them correctly in various situations. She is a smart girl and I don't have any concerns from the first session."
"In this session, we reviewed some of the concepts that she will be tested on an upcoming exam. We went through a couple questions on Centripetal Force, and followed those up with a more conceptual question that demanded more intense thought. After spending time discussing this question, we moved on to some Calculus work that she was completing, in the topic of relative extrema and second derivative tests. This went very easy and she breezed through them."
"Today we reviewed concepts she learned in class. For physics, we did problems involving free-body diagrams and finding forces on a body, such as friction, normal, applied, and air resistance. For pre-calculus, we did problems involving graphing the inverse of sin, cos, and tan functions as well as finding their range and domain. There were no issues. The student also told me she did better than expected on her test."
"Covered forces and vector kinematics. We mostly went over homework problems. Next session will have more emphasis on practice problems."
"We continued working on rotational motion. The student had a quiz last Friday, which he felt unsure about. He understood each component but did have enough time on the test."
"We covered the stacked boxes free-body diagram problem, how the force of friction between a box and the box beneath it can accelerate the upper box, how to combine forces in acting in different directions on the same object by breaking up each force into an x and y component and then combining all the x-components and y-components into the x and y component of the net force, respectively. Also, how the restoring force of a compressed or elongated spring is directly proportional to both the amount compressed or elongated and the spring constant of the spring (which is a measure of the stiffness of the spring), and how the gravitational force between two objects is directly proportional to the product of the 2 masses and inversely proportional to the distance between them squared."
"Covered gravitational forces, energy, and momentum all in preparation for his exam tomorrow. Student didn't have too many problems, and we went over some test taking methods for him to consider during his exam tomorrow."
"The student has a midterm tomorrow, so we spent the session going over problems on a test review sheet. The material was the same as we covered last session, but we were able to do more problems overall. The student has a good understanding of the concepts. We spent some extra time talking about starting from the most basic representation of a problem and listing all the information available. Specifically, I stressed the information that was available."