Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the period briefly reviewing nuclear physics and radioactive disintegration. Mostly we reviewed some random questions from an AP prep book and from prior exams. We specifically discussed time management during the exam and rehearsed some free response questions against the clock. Overall they both performed very well today."
"We began this session by picking up where we left off with specific heat. We then transitioned into latent heat and types of heat transfer. We worked both conceptual and numerical questions on these topics. We finished this session by talking about ideal gasses and kinetic molecular theory of gasses."
"Today I met the student for the first time, and we went over a homework assignment that she had. Before I could begin the homework, I gave her a quick lesson in Moments of Inertia and the equations of angular motion so we could discuss the assignment. The solutions were already there from the professor. By the end of the session, the student seemed to understand the concepts and appeared to be more relieved to understand the concept better."
"Today, we discussed methods for calculating resultant vectors. I referred him to a website with notes and examples demonstrating solutions to vector problems. He had already finished his homework, so I checked his work. He seemed to understand how to solve the problems perfectly. We discussed his last major test, and he reported scoring a 94. He is going to get a syllabus for me to use to help him work ahead next session."
"We covered resultant vectors and projectile motion. We went over practice questions for her upcoming test. She was struggling with the concepts behind setting up projectile motion problems. We went through the practice sheet and she seemed much more comfortable with these questions by the end."
"Covered forces, free body diagrams and online homework/review work related to these topics. The student has a good understanding of the topic so far, so we'll just keep working to stay comfortable with material that her teacher covers in class. I suspect some subjects might require more extra work/tutoring help than others. Once the reference manual/formula sheet provided for the AP test is given to the student, we'll use that and get comfortable with it so that during the test, she will be able to refer to it with ease. Overall, good first session."
"We reviewed constant acceleration and free fall problems. We completed the accompanying lab questions. Our goal is to use our sessions to review material that was discussed in class and to review new concepts to be discussed in the following weeks. The student is very studious and committed to doing well in AP Physics."
"In this session, we went over projectile motion for an upcoming quiz. We reviewed some homework practice problems as well as some problems from in class handouts. The student showed a good understanding of the concepts but did struggle with applying them in the correct manner in some of the problems. At times she did not understand how to apply the equations/formulas to the most appropriate situation. She did show improvement by the end of the session."
"The student has a test tomorrow on projectile motion. She wanted to practice some problems her teacher gave her. We went through a number of problems and covered different ways to use the formulas depending on what information is presented in the problem. She had some challenges with creating a plan for solving one or two problems, but once she figured that step out she would powered through the problem."
"We worked on more two dimensional force problems with a wider variety of forces (tension, friction)."
"We worked on problems from chapter 3 of her textbook, which covers kinematics in two dimensions (e.g. objects falling while they have horizontal velocity, or boats moving at an angle across a river with nonzero current). The student has quickly grasped the basic problem solving skills we've covered (define what we know, don't know, and what we can calculate based on what we know). I think she's making progress."
"We went over the student's online physics homework through the website which covered vectors, vector addition, and relativity. We got through the entire assignment, and she seems to understand vector addition much better now. We talked about how she has to split the vectors to properly add them together. I briefly explained to her what relativity was."