Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight we went over a practice quiz that she took in class on Inertia (the topic we covered last week). She did really well on the quiz. We went over the one question that was missed, and we clarified the concept. Following reviewing her quiz, we looked at a classwork assignment that deals with diagramming forces. She was a star at this. We covered diagrams on a horizontal surface, diagrams of objects in free fall or suspended, and diagrams of objects on an incline. We also discussed how to tell if these systems were balanced or unbalanced. We focused not only on diagramming, but also drawing connections between acceleration and balanced/unbalanced systems/net force. We then tied this in with Newton's second law of motion. Many concepts came together tonight that I believe will set her up to be successful in her class. With the little time we had left, we added some math to the diagrams to get a head start on the concept of net force and what it means to the motion of an object. Overall, an excellent session tonight and props to her for the outstanding work!"
"The student continues to work on an in-home lab assignment related to electrical charge, battery power sources, completing the circuit using a power source and alligator clip connectors. She worked on a lab that introduced the capacitor into the closed look of flowing charge. The student predicted, before running the actual experiment for observation, what including a capacitor would do in a circuit."
"The student was working on a couple of problems dealing with Newton's laws and setting up sum of forces equations. We worked on breaking the problems down into objects in a system and setting up sum of forces equations for each object. In these cases, the objects were at rest or moving with constant speed, so the sum of forces (in both the x and y directions) was zero. She picks things up very fast. I encouraged her to take her time to make sure she sees all the elements of a problem. Once she does, she can usually solve it in very short order."