Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked on problems involving Newton's Laws and forces. He had not yet had an opportunity to work on this subject yet, so I tried to work a fair amount of general concepts and problem-solving strategies into our discussion of specific practice problems. While he was struggling with the basics of working with forces at the beginning of our session, I felt that by the time we concluded our lesson for today, he was starting to grasp some of the fundamental ways we work with forces in his course. We scheduled a session for Sunday afternoon to brush up on any further questions and concerns he has before he takes his exam on Monday."
"The student and I went over the rest of her physics homework assignment, addressing net force, net torque, and calculation of moment of inertia. We have some issues interpreting the homework questions and course materials, but were able to make significant progress. She is a very quick study and easy to work with."
"During this session we focused on electrical circuits. We started off discussing resistance and resistors and how to find the equivalent resistance of a system of resistors. For more complicated resistors we discussed how sometimes redrawing the diagram in a more clear fashion can help as well as working in steps. We also discussed what stays constant in the different scenarios, that for resistors in series the current is the same across all resistors and for resistors in parallel it is the voltage that is the constant across them. We moved on to Kirchhoff's rules and how to figure out how many equations you need and how to set up the junction and loop equations. We ended the session looking at capacitors and how they behave in series and parallel and how to find the equivalent capacitance, or the capacitance of an unknown capacitor given the equivalent capacitance and all the other capacitors' capacitances."
"We looked at a homework worksheet and then a practice worksheet from online that both covered rotational motion. I tried to emphasize the relationship the problems had to what he has been studying in trigonometry and possibly lay seeds for him to understand polar coordinates better."
"We spent the entire session on Culoumb's law. We reviewed some simple problems involving two charges. Then we covered the more general car of three, which involves the superposition of field vectors. She needs a slight review on the resolution and combination of vectors, but she did very well considering she has not covered it in class yet."
"We covered centripetal force, centripetal acceleration, and the force between two objects. We worked on solving for a variable given two equations. I've been targeting this trouble area and today we were able to practice it more. She needs to remember that you should always make a picture for the problem. This will help her conceptualize the problem better. She has the rest of her homework assignment to complete."
"Today we went over circular motion. We went over basic concepts and formulas as well as how to convert between angular quantities and linear quantities. The student told me she got a 90 on her last quiz, so she seems to be taking things out of these lessons. So far so good."
"We reviewed the current material in his physics class today - calculus based physics. The current homework covers concepts such as conservation of energy, free body diagrams, inclined planes, and some kinematics. We went through problems in a very straightforward manner, explaining concepts or using visuals when beneficial. Some of the calculus or linear algebra based problems caused some trouble, as did certain physics concepts, but overall he has a good understanding of how to work through the class's problems. He will continue working on the assignment in preparation for an exam next week."
"Spent the entirety of the session reviewing notes for an upcoming exam. Topics included standing waves, the superposition principle, nodes and antinodes, resonance, and sound waves. First time through her notes we spent more time and coved the topics in more detail. Second time through notes was mostly the student putting the concepts in her own words. Overall a great session. Recommend focusing on understanding resonance and superposition of waves. Watching a couple videos with real life examples may be helpful."
"In this session, we reviewed thermal energy and its various applications. We first reviewed more simple problems like the energy involved in a temperature change of a particular substance, or how much the temperature would change given some energy input. After breezing through these problems, we moved on to more complicated thermal problems like bomb calorimeters, with multiple substances in a solution, and finding final temperature, or the specific heat of a substance. On these problems he was more confused on starting out, but after I walked him through a couple, he quickly got the hang of them, and was able to do more complicated ones on his own. These were the hardest problems that the text could offer, so I feel confident in his ability to navigate these types of problems and that the upcoming test will be easy for him."
"We went over the student's test review that covered, forces, momentum, collisions, energy, work, power, kinematics, free fall. He had most of the answers from class but wanted to go over it again with my assistance. He was struggling with which equation to choose, so I gave him a few strategies to help him. He seemed very positive and hopeful toward the material and the test tomorrow. He told me he had a 60 something on his first test. So I think he should do much better on this next test."
"Today's session was spent working on the student's problem set. The topics of the problem set revolved mostly around concepts involving magnetism. The questions required mastery of the "right hand" rule for magnetic fields and moving charges."