Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session we reviewed magnesium. We went over sultanas notes. The student had questions with the right hand rules. We also went over questions on the student's previous exam."
"The student had another problem set to work on this time, related to ideal gases and the partition function. He had trouble with the 'extended' partition functions. We went through these with step by step instructions for him to work through his difficulties, and I encouraged him to speak with his professor during office hours about any problems he encountered."
"We reviewed concepts in mechanics including energy, gravity, and forces. We applied these concepts to practice problems in the review packet for the upcoming exam."
"This session was in preparation for a test. The material was on torque and circular motion. Initially, she did not feel too comfortable with the material. We spent the session going through the PowerPoint once more and looking at practice questions that her teacher had given her. I also sent her some additional questions via email that came with solutions."
"In today's session, we covered the law of reflection for mirrors and how to solve for the image position. The main issue was determining whether an image is considered real or virtual, and the secondary issue was determining the angle of incidence for a given light ray from an object to a mirror. The student responded well to geometric setups of some sample problems we've set up involving both flat and curved mirrors. She was able to apply geometry and trigonometry using the right formulas when we cleared up the issue with the angles. She also can now figure out when an image is real or virtual based on the sign of the image distance, as well as whether the image is right-side up or upside down. Some strategies were to draw light rays, the object, mirror, and images at their respective positions in a diagram and apply the law of reflection to obtain the desired quantities."
"Today was a pretty light day. We began by looking at some algebra, which involved graphing functions and understanding domain and range. We also did some more work with logarithms and exponents. After this, we discussed labs that the student had done in physics and the behavior of a pendulum, as well as its relation to time keeping."