Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the basics of matrix mechanics today including vector notation, operators, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and the wave function. As he has not seen Linear Algebra yet, this was especially challenging, so I tried to keep my discussion rooted in physical consequences. He did a good job in his homework assignments. We will spend a good deal more time covering this material before the test because of its learning curve."
"We finished working through the problems on his study guide. The student will continue to work on conversions, such as km/hr. to m/s. I wrote a couple of more problems, and he will bring his solutions next week. We also will do more practice finding the equation of a line using two points. We looked over the questions he missed on his algebra exam. One of them required filling out a Venn diagram, and, given the time to complete it, he solved it correctly."
"We went through the pupil's physics homework involving the addition of vectors using a grid measurement and compass. She did very well, and I had her do one of the problems using the Pythagorean theorem to check her work. She received a 90% on her last physics exam. She also had a proof for geometry that I looked over."
"We covered Newton's second and third laws and also forces with velocities and time added. We went over 1 take home quiz and completed all of the problems. We also worked through a take home assignment, which dealt with a space craft flying near Mars, with rocket force calculations and graphical representations of the craft's distance from the planet as a function of time. The student was tasked with graphing the numerical values we found for extra credit for her class. Lastly, we went over additional physics problems from a homework assignment. The student seems to have good grasp of math skills required for assignments."
"We did some more practice problems that involved dynamics and the Big 4 in the same problem. However, these were hard to find, so we did as many as we could and then did some practice with just dynamics and just Big 4 problems. The student was doing really, really well with setting up the problems on her own and identifying what the problem was actually asking for."
"The student and I went over her physics hw which covered gravitational force and free body diagrams. It appeared that she is understanding what she is learning in class and the topics that are being covered. She said that she did very well on the last hw that she turned in covering static and kinetic friction."
"The student has started a new six weeks. We covered forces at an angle. He picked it up slowly as we went problem to problem. I think this six weeks will go better for him because we are able to tackle his problems from the beginning instead of right before the tests."
"During this session we went over the home work I assigned. We looked at problems mostly on 2-d and 1-d motion. The student wasn't used to the calculus or vector notation, but once I explained he understood. Over all this session went well."
"The student and I began our tutoring session by covering topics regarding optics and images in mirrors. Most of the work was with regard to a web assign assignment that he had. We well solidify our learning on the subject next week."
"We went over some homework problems regarding thermal physics that the student had in preparation for her test on Wednesday. Overall she became more comfortable with the subject matter and fully understood her questions by the end of the session."
"Covered circular motion, gravitational forces, and rotational motion. The student seemed to struggle at first, but quickly grasped the information as we pressed on. I am leaving him with some problems to attempt to further topics that we began covering."
"Tonight the student and I covered a worksheet that accompanied a laboratory activity that she had done in class. The activity dealt with Newton's first law of inertia. The term inertia had not yet been introduced to her, but we worked on covering this concept in depth to prepare her for the week ahead. We watched two videos online on inertia and mass. I also sent her the link for a video that details the differences between mass and weight. We then covered eight conceptual questions dealing with inertia and its relationship to mass. Also tonight, the student told me the results of her test. She did fantastic and showed immense growth."