Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over his material covering circuits and capacitors. We started by looking over the concepts and equations, then moved on to going through his problems. Many of the conceptual questions were very tricky, so we spent a good deal of time thinking about them and making sure he understood everything. When we moved on to the calculation questions he had an easy time getting the correct answer. I'm confident that he has a good understanding of the material now."
"More electric circuits work. This time we got into series and parallel arrangements of resistors and batteries. A little slow going at first - but after a quick step back a few problems in, things really took off. The student is doing well."
"We went over one of the tests that the student took earlier this semester. It focused on resistivity and the electric field, electric potential, and circuits. Overall, the student seems to understand the concepts quite well. Next time we meet we will focus on the 3rd test of the semester."
"Review of Work Index and cut-off frequency, introduction to wave/particle duality and use of diffraction gratings to generate interference patterns as basis for uncertainty theorem. Worked problems covering use of Planck's constant in photon momentum, energy levels, and frequencies for subatomic particles."
"In this session with the student we covered magnetism in physics. After reviewing the right hand rule we discussed induced current from a change in magnetic flux. We discussed formulas for magnetic flux, magnetic fields and area. Next we focused on how the change magnetic flux caused voltage and in turn current. We applied all of these conceptual topics to practice problems from his notes and homework."
"Today's session was short and only dealt with reworking through the derivation of two of the problems we covered in the last session. This was done at the student's request to check her understanding, and to clarify some additional questions she had about the concepts used. While nothing new was discussed, it was a good opportunity to see her be more engaged, and to drive home certain important ideas about the moment of inertia."
"Today we continued our lessons that will be on next week's test. After studying very hard, and several exchanges via phone and text, the student scored a 100% on her Electrical Circuits Quiz last week. Today we studied electromagnetism. We used the notes that she wrote in class, while discussing the real-world applications of electromagnetism via information and photos online. We also defined the vocabulary words from the chapter, as she is supposed to have a vocabulary quiz soon. We are going to meet again next week, for two sessions. Her big test is coming up at the end of the month, and she is poised to do very well! She has a great attitude, and she never gives up!"
"The student mentioned that he didn't do well on his last test. So that meant that he really needs help and has decided to meet weekly. For this session, we covered problems on buoyancy force, torsion pendulum, and waves. Most of the session concentrated on waves and their speed, frequency, and period."
"During this session we went over AC circuits and some wave concepts. The student had an upcoming exam, so we reviewed her slides so she could understand material and looked at a few problems. Overall this session went well."
"Today we reviewed for the student's physics test. This test was all about kinematics, and determining different kinematic variables from graphs and word problems. First we went over the student's homework assignments and worksheets, then we moved to the learning goals that the student's teacher wrote for the section and worked through examples for each of those problems."
"We corrected several old homework problems she'd submitted in the uniform circular motion chapter, and in the gravitation chapter. I saw no grades/scores. She will take time to really study physics (and biology) and how to apply the principles to new problems. I have no concerns."
"We covered induced voltages and inductance. The student was able to visualize concepts a bit better than before. He said that he would finish the rest of the questions in the chapter."