Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on physics problems based generally on Newton's Second Law, F=ma. She was extremely positive and driven-- a great student to work with! She seemed to have a good basic grasp of the material. Overall, I encouraged her to focus on units when answering problems and think conceptually about the problem when determining whether the final answer should have a positive or negative sign. I think it would also be helpful for her to review the relationship between position, velocity, and acceleration."
"The student and I continued to cover concepts of momentum, power, and inertia. Calculating inertia was a new concept. We discussed problems from a number of worksheets. The student is very capable with applying formulas to problems. The only challenge lies in remembering which formula (e.g. does energy=force times distance or is that inertia, or momentum, etc.). We will continue to work on being able to differentiate the concepts."
"The students have a physics final coming up that they are concerned about, so we spent the whole session going over their final review sheet. We covered 1D motion, 2D motion, forces, and energy. They were so used to doing conservation problems and hard questions, that the basics were escaping them for these motion and force problems. I had to refresh their knowledge of kinematic equations and then we were able to get through the problems. They were surprised that they were struggling as much as they were with the basics, but this is a common trend that I have seen in physics; since you move on to harder and harder subjects, it's hard to remember how to go about the easy problems. I did point out that for the physics finals, the teachers do typically like to give the problems that cover multiple skills at once. So if they can do the hardest problem of each section of the review sheet, they should be in good shape for being able to tackle whatever is on the final. We scheduled another session for Monday morning to finish up reviewing. I think that they now remember what they need to know for the introductory topics, and now they can move on to solidifying what they know of the more difficult ones."