Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session, the student and I focused mainly on one-dimensional kinematics, with a small amount of work on 2D kinematics. The problems that we went through together were primarily focused on applying calculus concepts to physics problems, utilizing differentiation (both explicit and implicit) and integration to relate the equations for displacement, velocity, and acceleration. He was definitely having a lot more success in navigating the problems without my help today, as compared to our first session. We scheduled three more sessions for the upcoming week so that he can be fully prepared for his upcoming exam next Monday."
"During this session we covered simple harmonic motion (SHM). We looked at the basic equations of motion for SHM, mainly velocity and displacement and how to create the equations and use them to find the displacement, time, or velocity given one of the other quantities. We also covered how to find the maximum acceleration and how to relate that to forces that are acting on the object in SHM. We covered pendulums and the relationship between period and the length of the pendulum."
"This session the student and I delved further into circuits. We reviewed a few aspects of capacitors and I answered some questions she had about capacitor related homework problems. We then began to discuss Kirchhoff's laws for analyzing circuits and how to set up Kirchhoff loop law problems. We worked through a few examples, and she started to grasp the material. Next session we will review this material and start on new material covered in her class."
"The student and I spent the session covering conceptual topics like electric field, electric force, potential energy and electric potential. We reviewed the lab that he did on static electricity. He is doing well with the concepts of induction, conduction, electric charge, conductors and insulators. We spent most of the session discussing the differences, and going through sample calculations. I told him to look back through the packet that we reviewed today to reinforce the concepts."
"We continued to discuss work and forces. We discussed decomposing vectors into x and y components. The session focused on going over answers to a test they had taken. The students struggled with relating angles to directions of vectors and I think more trigonometry would help here. The students had a positive attitude, knew their equations, and were good at manipulating them."
"The student and I went over the topic of heat, and even previewed the concept of heat of vaporization and heat of fusion. She did not struggle much at all, and she was quick and enthusiastic to get the concepts. I left her some problems to practice new concepts so that she can ace it when she comes around to it in class. She is doing great, and nothing worries me."
"The student and I went over a practice test in preparation for his exam on Thursday. Overall, he seems prepared and understood how to tackle most of the problems. I told him that he should try to get a better conceptual understanding of the material leading up to the test as this will help him make more sense of the equations. We will meet one more time before the test, and he will look at the rest of the practice tests between now and then."
"The student has a test coming up and needs to review the chapter it covers. We began by completing worksheets she was given in class. The test will focus on Newton's Second Law and sums of forces. We completed the problems together. The worksheet covers questions similar to ones we had completed in the past. We did a few more together and she did know how to complete the problems. I will bring her extra problems on Newton's Second Law for tomorrow."
"We met to cover material for an upcoming quiz. He is currently studying concepts in wave motion. This includes wave properties such as frequency, period, wavelength and amplitude. And wave types whether they are transverse or longitudinal. We reviewed the relationships between wave properties and how they can be calculated from each other. We also went through qualitative explanations for properties of wave motion, such as how the physical properties of a medium such as its density or tension affects the wave propagation speed through the medium."
"We worked on basic vector addition and unit conversion in the Physics textbook. The student had questions with the x and y component addition. A lot of the trig conversion involved using trigonometry so a lot of it was trig review. Even though some problems took a long time, the student was able to handle the problems pretty well."
"During this session with the student, physics homework was completed including objects in free fall and accelerating/decelerating horizontally. With the student, an algebra test was reviewed, and acids, bases, photosynthesis, and respiration were discussed."
"The student has a test coming up so we walked through multiple practice problems provided by his instructor. The test will cover Newtonian physics with friction. I showed him two different ways to draw the free body diagrams so he could chose the one he finds easiest to use."