Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued our discussion of the forces working on a mass while it rests on an inclined plane. We continued developing the conditions under which acceleration of the mass would occur and where (what direction) the net force would lie. We also concluded our discussion of how to calculate that force. The final piece of using the net force to calculate accelerations finally became clear. We then continued to examine her upcoming lab exercise and identify the force components of that problem. We ended the session with an easy way to calculate the correct answer for her Atwood machine problem. I feel that she has acquired many tools over these last two sessions and can complete her assignments."
"We focused on reviewing for the student's exam tomorrow by working our way back over the PowerPoint slides from her current unit. I picked slides relatively at random and quizzed her off the cuff on the concepts on them, ranging from tissue types, structure and function of major body systems (primarily nervous, endocrine, and muscle), along with some basic taxonomy included in the unit (bilaterians vs. deuterostomes vs. eumetazoans, etc.). She is in good shape, but still needs to study to get concepts and facts more solidly lodged before her test. I suggested some alternate study strategies to help her keep focus as she studies -- specifically to draw maps of the connections between different parts of the body and different tissue types."
"The student has started studying quantum mechanics. We spent a lot of the time doing problems about energy transitions of the electron in a hydrogen atom. We also worked some wavelength of particles and other Planck's constant problems."
"Today the student and I had a very productive session. We began with the fundamentals: the definition of a vector, what a vector is and how they add, fields and vector (force) fields, and the nomenclature of writing a vector's magnitude and direction in terms of unit vectors. We reviewed Coulomb's law, and discussed the dreaded "r-hat" on the end and how it determines direction. We concluded the session with a homework problem that discussed the forces on individual particles within a lattice of sodium chloride. Good job today, we covered a lot of ground."
"The student was completing his latest assignments on electrochemistry. He was uncertain how to begin his assignments as his teacher had not covered the material in depth yet, so at first I gave him a comprehensive overview of electrochemistry. He seemed to follow along pretty well and quickly caught on to all of the topics; he even picked up on when I was trying to trick him! He did very well with working through his assignments afterwards; he was fairly independent. A job well done today!"
"The student spent the first half of today's session working on her AP Biology assignments involving human and plant hormones. We then did some work on simple and compound interest problems (a topic she wanted some refreshing on), and then worked on SAT practice math problems."