Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, we reviewed material that the student had questions about regarding her final exam. Thus, we reviewed material from all of her exams, including specific gravity, electrolyte formation, solubility rules, polarity, ideal gases, and radioactive decay, among other subjects. She feels good about the material going into her final, and expressed thanks for helping improve her test scores this semester. We will continue tutoring next semester when she returns from break."
"Today we covered another internal force problem, and 2 new problems that involved the thermal coefficient of expansion. The student already had found the solutions, and what we went over was more the theory and concept. By the end of the session he had a much firmer grasp of how to approach these kinds of problems in the future. Also I wanted to expand his knowledge of the intermolecular forces, so I sent him some pictures of crossed-polarizer images and explained how the light makes rainbows around regions of high stress. At the end I summarized which kinds of problems from his homework were good quiz problems to practice, and which were more lengthy test problem types."
"More free body diagrams, friction angles, and moments of inertia. Student did noticeably better with free body diagrams. Recommended he research into friction angle more and to practice some moments of inertia using integration."
"When the student and I met, we focused our time on his street sign analysis project. Specifically, we addressed the last two items for the design concerning maximum deflection of the end point and column buckling. Our discussion of buckling culminated in different ways to reinforce vulnerable areas without raising costs."
"We reviewed a basic statics problem and then covered normal stress/strain, modulus of elasticity, Poisson's ratio, elastic vs. plastic deformations and yield stress. The student has retained the statics concepts."
"We worked on some fairly basic introductory material. The homework problems really haven't addressed actual thermodynamics material yet, but rather were reinforcing concepts such as changing units and understanding fundamental relationships between various properties (e.g., pressure is a force applied over an area). The student did well with this material and did not show any difficulty; no extra practice on this material is necessary."
"This class was solely based around discussing the write up portion of the student's final project. It was clear that applying physics concepts to one of his hobbies really solidified the concept. I had him prepare a comprehensive outline where all aspects of the project were addressed. I have faith he'll do well on this assignment."