Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued our discussion on rotational motion, reviewing kinematic equations and how to use them in problems. I do see that she needs improvement in her critical thinking skills, something that is a necessity for an AP level physics course. Because of this, I will try to incorporate some tricky problems that will require her to think outside the box. I always cover concepts of the material so that the students I work with can move their way through any type of problem I give them rather than just providing them with equations to plug numbers into. Physics is highly conceptual, so the assignments will not be as easy as simply "plugging and chugging" into a calculator, so it is best that she gain some critical-thinking skills to be applied to her physics course. Also, she is still getting answers wrong due to calculator mistakes sometimes. I don't want this to be the reason why she does not get the grade she wants on a test so I'm trying to show her different ways to navigate the mathematical operations on her calculator to minimize error. representatives."
"We went over the student's lab practice and ways to identify bacteria. We covered pub med and research articles. The student is struggling with some of the material's organization, and I encouraged him to reach out to his teacher. I suggested a good study aid."
"The student is covering magnetism and induction in her class currently. We discussed the right hand rules, the Biot-Savart law, and then went through derivations of the Biot-Savart for loops and solenoids. We then discussed Ampere's law, and magnetic field inducing torque. The next topic of the class is Lenz's Law and Faraday's Law. I briefly touched on both of those, and we will go into further detail next session."
"In this session we discussed methods for mole conversions in chemical reactions. The student had a handy diagram for the process from class, but needed help understanding how to use it. By the end of the session, he was able to successfully complete any of the practice problems and understood how to use volume or formula unit shortcuts. Some review of this topic next session will help to solidify his understanding."
"The student worked on her homework in precipitation reactions: how to predict whether a precipitation will occur, and how to write the molecular, full ionic, and net ionic reactions. We also looked at reactivity of metals, and I explained her the principle of a battery. She does really well, and she is spot on with the approach."
"We worked on calculating inductance, mutual inductance of coil or system of coils. We went over the concepts of Lenz's law and worked on AC generator and current in RL circuits. The problems are somewhat challenging conceptually and are calculus based. The student is good in following along, but needs to work on the problems some more independently to prepare for her test."