Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We talked about motion and forces on boxes with strings/springs attached. The student was unsure how to set up the problems. He was paying attention. He is focusing his attention too much on algebra and needs to spend a lot of time thinking about fundamental concepts, which are abstract and cannot be learned from solving equations."
"We talked about position, velocity, and time graphs. The student is fine with algebra and calculations. He just wanted some help interpreting and understanding the graphs and how they are related. He was able to do it, and he was fine by the time we finished. He might want to practice a bit more to build up his confidence and to make sure he retains what he learned."
"We talked about velocity and acceleration. The student really understood the concepts, and I did not worry at all about her understanding! We talked about making sure to convert units at the start of a problem."
"We talked mostly about Lorentz transformation. In general, the student had a great sense of the material, but we went over two problems that she was struggling with. In both cases, she instinctively knew the answers, but was less sure of how to prove that they were true. I offered a couple tips about how to explain your answers to these types of questions, namely to try to cite the formulas that would be used. Overall, she seems quite comfortable with this material!"
"We talking about preganglionic and postganglionic neurons as well as the direct and indirect pathways. We talked about how they function and used images that show firing patterns. We also clarified excitation, inhibition, and how certain neurons work to increase inhibition or disinhibition. We also talked about drawing out the direct and indirect pathway as a study mechanism. We also talked about visceral sensory and motor. Productive session!"
"We went over 1- and 2-dimensional kinematics, and also basic vector manipulation (addition and subtraction). The student struggled with breaking up vectors into components, as well as some basic motion concepts (such as an object that is thrown straight in the air has a constant downward acceleration at every point on its trajectory). The student was confident in approaching 1D motion problems but had some basic misconceptions with 2D motion. She also did not have any material prepared that she wanted to go over, so it was somewhat awkward initially before we found some exercises to go over. I left the student with a few medium-difficulty problems on free fall motion, vector addition, and projectile motion. The student has her first exam this Thursday."