Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the student's notes on static fluids. We went over some of her notes that she didn't understand, and talked conceptually about the different ideas, such as pressure, Pascal's law and buoyancy. We discussed some of her homework problems that she didn't understand. We also used my college textbook to look at some derivations and sample problems. The concepts seemed to make more sense as we discussed them, and the student said that she felt better about them. It was a great session!"
"This session we covered Physics- Waves. The main thing that we did was break down the different equations and show why each element/ number/ variable is in that equation (for example, the pendulum equation has a 2*pi because a pendulum traces a circle of radius L) and show the different ways in which the different elements affect one another (for example, increasing frequency decreases wavelength because they are inversely proportional in the equation lambda=v/f)."
"The student just began a new chapter in her physics class that focuses on the topic of periodic motion, which is based on sine and cosine graphs. Once we discussed the overall topics involved, including the graphs, the concepts of periodic motion, and unit of radians, she began to feel more comfortable. We did a few problems she was given in class, and this also helped improve her understanding of the material. Once she wrote out the equations, she was able to do complete the problems with ease. We ended the session by discussing pendulum motion and springs and the common trip-ups students have when working with these topics. She understood the material very well, and we will meet twice next weekend to continue preparing for her test. I will bring extra material for her to work on."
"In today's session, the student completed homework for his Physics class. They have just begun working on related velocities, including relative speed and direction. He had a little bit of trouble at the very beginning, but was eventually able to complete the majority of problems with little to no help from me."
"We covered the topics of projectile motion and forces during today's session. We began by picking up from where we left off last session-- working on problems on projectile motion. After that, we had a little lesson on forces since the student told me that she felt confused in class when it was being taught. Thereafter, we worked on problems with forces. It seems that she is becoming more and more comfortable with using equations. She was able to use the information given and translate them into more useful forms that helped her solve the equations. Lastly, I must say that she mentioned really liking this topic, which is a very good sign for a student not very familiar with mathematics and physics."
"For the first session, we looked at the Laws of Motion chapter of the student's book and drew many free body diagrams to solve different problems involving forces and friction. It went well, but covering lots of questions quickly while drawing diagrams online can be challenging, so we were not able to cover all the questions in the time we had. The student should complete the rest for homework, and we will continue with this at our next lesson."