Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Review for quiz on Friday. Units and measurement (mainly changing units), vectors, velocity, freefall, and constant acceleration problems (including DvsT,VvsT, and AvsT graphs)."
"Today was our first session working together on the student's physics work. I gave her some equations she can use and helped her to understand how to break down word problems and read graphs."
"Studied for the student's Precalc and Physics test. In Precalc we went over a practice test which covered finding the roots of polynomial functions and determining end behavior and discontinuities. In Physics we went over a practice test which covered Newton's 3 laws of motion. We also did a few extra practice problems dealing with tension and frictional force. Lastly we went over his project on building a spaghetti bridge."
"We reviewed the student's lab write up and problems requiring free body diagrams. She is a delight to work with."
"We went over adding vectors algebraically (she has a quiz on this on Monday). She said that she didn't really understand the questions, so I made up my own problems that increased in difficulty. We started with two vectors on separate graphs - found the components, then added them. Next, I drew the vectors on the same graph. We did example problems in each quadrant. I then read her a set of directions and had her draw them. Finally, we went through the word problems. She did very well with all of the problems. I just reminded her to always check for negative components."
"Today, the student and I covered thermodynamics. I helped him with two problems, using time derivatives of the first law of thermodynamics, and the efficiency. By the end of the session, the subject made more sense to him. He did very well."
"We went over projectile motion problems and Newton Laws problems in the book. We also reviewed previous homework problems about motion, and introduced work and energy for her current homework. The session went well. I left her guidelines to solve a work and energy problem. We will talk about it on 10/19 when we meet."
"In today's session with the student, I went over her math and physics homework problems. In math, I covered the graphing of intersection between two equations both algebraically and graphically. The student was a little confused with solving equations, involving the absolute value, so I explained and helped her with examples. Then, we moved on to physics, where we talked about acceleration time graphs and I answered student's questions on problems using two equations of motion, position time and velocity time graphs. Overall, our session was great and went quite well."
"Today the students and I went through a lot of writing practice questions, and focused on the patterns that show up in questions of this type. They were noticeably improving on questions of that type before we finished today. We also covered a number of math problems. They will complete as many practice problems on their own before our session next week as they can (I assigned some specific writing passage questions and some math problems), and we will be able to directly address any problem areas."
"The student and I covered more kinematics in 1 dimension. She does not seem to have any trouble with the algebra or math involved, but is having trouble with some of the concepts and graphical representations of those concepts. We spent a lot of time working on some practice problems that had graphs representing velocity and position. She has an exam on Wednesday so hopefully our practice with the graphs will help her."
"We reviewed the test the student took and the new homework he was given. We talked about reading the problems carefully to understand what is going on and what is being asked."
"We worked out of the AP physics books. We reviewed vectors and I had the student do a few problems covering them. She had a strong understanding of vectors and got all the questions right. We also did some review of kinematics. I then taught her Newton's laws of motion. We went over free body diagrams, normal forces, and frictions forces."