Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered problems dealing with simple harmonic motion and vibrations. After we covered the concepts in detail, he was able to move through problems with little guidance from me. Overall, the session was a success, and he has a good understanding of the material."
"We reviewed concepts of charged particles and basic electrical circuits for an upcoming exam she has. We mainly focused on doing practice problems. Next, we talked about underlying concepts and some conceptual problems she may be asked during her exam. She seemed relatively comfortable with the material after the session."
"Tonight the student worked on his extra credit assignment on the film "Outbreak." His teacher handed out problems on the film, and we watched the film together and he answered questions along the way. As we watched the film, we learned about lethal consequences of viral outbreak and pondered about how it might affect us in reality."
"Today the student and I worked through the human body. Specifically, we worked through the skeletal system, respiratory system, and circulatory system. I did not have any major concerns as she was picking up the material relatively quickly. There are a lot of complicated ideas involved with the human body, so the best use of our time in the future will be for us to review the most difficult material rather than repeating basic material. So, in the future, I will be assigning her small assignments to make sure that she is understanding the basics before our sessions. Other than that she has been asking great questions and has a positive attitude!"
"The student and I continued our discussion of torques and rotational motion. In addition, we discussed statistical mechanics and probability. I explained to him the basic ideas behind permutations and combinations, as well as the physical model of an Einstein solid. Hopefully his lectures this week will reinforce this knowledge so he gets a full understanding of the basics of statistical mechanics."
"In this session, we worked on more thermal physics, reviewing previous assignments and going ahead of the class by working on material the teacher had distributed but not yet assigned. The student seems to be making a lot of progress in his understanding of the material, and I was pleased that he was able to solve many of the problems from his previous assignments with little to no help from me. This allowed us to go ahead and discuss the new material his teacher had not lectured on yet, pertaining to energy transfers due to a phase change. His understanding is good, so in order to help him not make mistakes and to pay more attention to detail, I've been showing him to write down the equation he will be using, as well as defining each individual variable. This will help him to not only pinpoint exactly what the question is asking him to solve for, but also ensure he is using the correct values for each given quantity."