Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I worked with problems involving work and change in kinetic energy. We dealt with examples of how net work affects the change in kinetic energy, and how to read kinetic energy versus time plots, as well as do conceptual problems about work done down an inclined plane. We will continue with conservation of energy, and potential energy, next time."
"I helped the student prepare for her upcoming college physics class by going over the physics topics of thermal physics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics. We also went over problems involving these topics. She was very receptive, and by the end of the session, she was able to solve the problems correctly."
"We went over physics concepts of electricity and magnetism. The student was responsive and really tried to understand the concepts and steps that went into solving his homework problems. He repeated a calculation several times when he couldn't quite get the answer correct. He demonstrated great persistence. I asked him to bring examples of former exams so that we could work on general problem solving tactics for the final."
"This was our final session. The student got 98% in her physics test last week, and her final exam is today. We looked at some magnetism questions from a practice test (involving the magnetic field of parallel current carrying wires) and some fluid dynamics questions (using Poiseuille's equation to work out the pressure drop in veins and arteries)."
"We worked on modern physics including quantum mechanics, uncertainty, deBroglie wavelength and the wave-particle duality, radiation and radioactive decay and nuclear fusion and fission. The student didn't struggle too much with the material, though due to the breadth of it we didn't delve too deeply into any one subject. She had a good attitude as usual. Strategies included drawing pictures and learning each equation's uses. Extra practice was the homework problems."
"The student had some trouble with vector analysis. We spent the session going through various examples and approaches. By the end, she was able to solve problems, though sometimes needed some guidance. She doesn't have a background in trigonometry, but that shouldn't be a problem for her class."