Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed subjects that will probably be covered next semester. We went over rotational kinematics and the basics of electric fields in luring Gauss's law."
"The student and I worked on her quest homework and reviewed for her test on Friday. I started a new style of teaching with her in which I made her walk me through the problems herself, and she really started to show understanding of the subject material. She is able to tackle more challenging problems better."
"Today we covered problems for her homework due tomorrow that included concepts over work, internal energy, heat transfer, ideal gas law and cyclic processes. The student did not struggle with these concepts, and got all of the homework questions correct. I showed her the difference between two gas constants as well as when to use certain units."
"We covered how to do a force-body diagram for two masses connected by a pulley, how to determine the minimum coefficient of friction needed to have a two-mass pulley and incline system in static equilibrium, and how to do solve for the tension forces and acceleration of a three mass pulley problem."
"We reviewed the student's homework which dealt with momentum concepts. Several of the problems combined conservation of momentum with other concepts. The student did a great job deconstructing and solving these problems. Her midterm was an improvement from her last test."
"Today we worked on practice problems from chapter 6, covering "work and energy." The problems all use the concept of conservation of energy to, e.g., calculate speed given a starting height or vice versa. The material seems to make sense to the student. She easily follows the process and logic when walked through a question and can generally figure out the next step to solve a problem with little prompting."
"This student is very bright and is just having a little difficulty with her AP Physics course. We covered some questions she had regarding her current unit, specifically angular motion, and how to convert between radians/degrees. Her current grade is a B, with an exam upcoming in 2 weeks, so we will be working towards that exam and making sure she's comfortable with the subject material so she's well prepared and confident going in to that exam."
"Met with the student today. Reviewed kinematics study guide for the exam. Went over various graphs and of position (displacement), speed, and accelerations and inferring to the nature of the movement (accelerating, slowing down, in the positive or negative directions. Moved to math and covered (slope and intercept point) and (slope and given ad hoc point). Plotted the linear equations on a graph."
"Tonight the student and I covered net force problems and looked at some questions from his most recent exam. He didn't do as well as expected and I hope today's lesson helped him with the material. He was struggling with setting up force equations and I plan on sending him some extra practice. I don't have any other concerns from this session."
"We went over the multiple choice that she didn't get from her last test. I had her go through the questions and explain her thought process to me so I could see what happened. Some of the questions she just guessed on and some she made mistakes but overall she understood the concepts. She gets her mistakes now. She is going to go back through her other tests and we are going to go over them next session."
"In this session, we reviewed circular motion and laws of gravitation for the student's upcoming test. The student was struggling with gravitation the most. She was having a difficult time coming up with the right equations to use, but had a decent grasp on the conceptual questions and topics. Overall, she did okay on the practice questions we went over, but needed extra practice for her quiz."
"We worked on more challenging force problems. This involved 2 object systems, times when normal is not the same as force weight. We clarified many questions that the student had with respect to force. We also reviewed using the 5 kinematic equations to find acceleration to use in a force problems."