Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We prepared the student for her upcoming physics test today. Her test is on combination circuits, so the whole lesson was spent finding voltage, current, resistance, and power in different aspects of the circuit. We finished her homework and then did some supplemental questions over combination circuits. She did really well. I told her that her biggest issue on the test will be going too quickly and not thinking through her answers to double check them and make sure they actually make sense. If she does this, I think she will do very well on her test."
"The topic of her web assign was momentum and impulse. Since these hadn't been covered in class yet, we briefly covered the formulas for them and how they are used. We also discussed elastic and inelastic collisions. We broke each of the problems down by first listing out what we know and what we are looking for. Then we determined which physics concepts we would need to use to be able to find the unknown value using the information we have. And finally, we solved for the unknown. In pre-calc she is currently also covering vectors, so her physics material is overlapping with her math."
"Student has just started working on electricity in her physics class. Her homework assignment for this week involves Coulomb's law. She did a really good job working with Coulomb's law when it only required plugging in numbers, but actually understanding the relationship between the variables was a little bit more difficult for her. From now on, we will spend more time working on manipulating the formulas that we are using so that she gets more practice dealing with conceptual questions as opposed to just plugging in numbers. After working on physics, we did a little bit of geometry. She has started working on circles and she has an excellent understanding of how to find circumference from shapes that are inscribed in or circumscribed around circles."
"Today we completed the unit on characteristics of light. We discussed and practiced concepts including: diffraction, reflection, refraction, index of refraction, angle of incidence, critical angle and total internal reflection, and scattering."
"Today we worked through the first test he took in his physics class, and then we began working through the homework that he was assigned for next week. We talked about circular motion, the fundamental forces, and the normal force. We worked through the calculations for some of the problems he missed on the test. "
"Today, the student and I worked on Newtonian mechanics. I think she retained about 70% of what we did today."