Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued to review force problems, as well as add universal gravitation problems. The student seems to be grasping the concepts well and for this session did most of the problems on his own. We worked through a review for his test tomorrow, and he was feeling confident about where he is at in preparing for it."
"In this session we covered momentum and impulse. The student understood the concept of momentum and impulse very well. I left the student with a few extra problems on momentum. She had her first test since we began the tutoring last week, and she said she feels much more confident about the results of this test than the last. Overall, I would say that the student's physics skills are improving drastically. Now our main goal is learning how to solve types of problems she has never seen before by applying concepts we have learned."
"Exam 8. We covered every question and showed how to solve or explain each. Topics included inertia, Newton's Laws, oscillations, vector diagrams, free fall, and graphing motion. The student needed very little explanation."
"We went over the remainder of the student's physics lab packet and reviewed some general strategy for her test. We focused on unit conversation and the rate equation: the rate of velocity is the distance divided by the times. So the units of the velocity are distance over time. She still needs to get to a comfort level with manipulating units so that one can do regular algebraic operations in units as well as numeric values. She is pretty good at reading graphs, especially position versus time graphs, and is becoming more and more comfortable with relating the units presented in a graph to the written word problem."
"We worked through the student's calculus homework to make sure he understood the concepts. Overall, he did really well; he just needed some clarification on a few points and on the intermediate interval theorem. We also went over his physics work to make sure he understood that as well. We talked a little bit about the assumptions you can make with the physics problems and what you can't assume."
"Went over fundamental laws of linear and rotational mechanics and the duality between the two. Derived centripetal acceleration formula using derivative of the position vector. Went over 2 examples. I am rather impressed as to the degree of comprehension this girl has."