Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I met with the student yesterday to help her with her test review for her test this coming Thursday. The review had 17 multiple choice questions and 17 free response. All the questions dealt with either Newton's first law, second law or third law. On each question, I helped her differentiate what law it dealt with and solve the problem accordingly. The same thing on the free response. Eventually we were able to get through most of the free response."
"We reviewed the student's midterm. She received a C+, which is a substantial improvement over her last test. By the end, she understood all of her mistakes, and in many cases, she was very close to the correct answer. We also finished her homework for the week and discussed her final project."
"We were able to run the whole session using an online instant messenger and the whiteboard from the platform. Tonight we reviewed Molecular Bonding and Binding energies. We looked at non-polar, metallic, ionic, hydrogen and dipole dipole bonds, as well as the linear, bent, tetrahedral, sea horse, T-shape, Bi-pyramidal, square planer, pyramidal, and octahedral structures. We also talked about electronegativity, lattice binding energies and hybridization. The student seems to be ready for her test, as she was able to answer correctly many of the questions we went over."
"We have covered Forces with Newton's Law and with Tension. In her last exam she received in 83 and an 88 in her quiz I believe. I was just notified as of Nov 19 and she received a 91 on her recent quiz. No concerns from this session and I told her to send me the topics that she covered in class so we can work on it together. I created word problems of my own and they were completed in the tutoring session."
"We reviewed kinetic energy and potential energy of both springs and gravity, and how to solve problems using work-energy methods. The student got a test score back that she wasn't happy with, and will be retaking the test on Friday. She seems to have a good grasp on the math and doesn't make many mistakes. The issues seem to arise with how to correctly apply the equations, so I tried to focus a lot on setting up the problems while emphasizing the meaning of each part of the equation. I found one problem in her book that I liked and asked her to give it a try before the test. It was odd numbered so it has the solution in the back, and she can call me if she has an issue."
"The student described having more challenges with conceptual test questions than with mathematical problem solving. We worked through conceptual problems involving velocity and acceleration. We also looked briefly at circular motion and problems involving friction."
"We continued going over the student's homework on uniform circular motion and gravity. There were no scores to note progress. The student was struggling with the vector addition of forces, but she seemed to have an "ah ha" moment when I was explaining how to add forces. What worked is showing her that if I applied a force on my phone upwards (pushing it across the table) and another force perpendicular to the original force, the resulting motion is diagonal, just as the resulting force vector is diagonal. She will typically attempt a few more of the homework problems by herself."
"We reviewed work and energy concepts. There were some points for which she felt she needed clarification. After that we began discussing momentum and its conversation. We did some practice problems and she was comfortable with a basic use of the concepts."
"We covered conservation of linear momentum, kinetic energy, how to find the velocity of the center of a mass a two-body system, how to calculate the kinetic energy of the center of mass, and the definition of impulse and how it equals the average force multiplied by the amount of time that the force acts on the object."
"Today the student and I covered some free-body diagram and rotational kinematics problems. I have seen some of his quiz grades. I don't have any concerns from this session. I would like to see him practicing these examples more frequently."
"We went over her Mastering Physics assignment. She is working with conservation of energy problems now. She got all of the conceptual questions so I can tell that she understands the material."
"The student has a unit test next week. We worked on a packet that her teacher had given her to study from. This included vector addition by graphing and by finding the components. We also worked on relative velocity problems."