Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began the session by going over material that the student had questions about regarding old exams in preparation for her upcoming final exam. We reviewed net ionic equations, redox reactions, and the naming of ionic and covalent compounds. Following this, we spent the rest of the time going over radioactive decay and the theory behind alpha, beta, and gamma decay, as well as half-life, in addition to ideal gas theory and the use of the ideal gas law. We encountered an algebraically difficult problem that she was able to understand. With practice, she should be good for her final exam."
"Today, we covered summation of compressional regions using internal forces. I asked about his quiz yesterday and he said it went very well! We are making great progress. The challenge with today's topic was in determining the internal force, but we figured out a means to simplify solving that. He is going to continue working on his homework and I will meet with him again this Saturday."
"The student and I met to prepare for his upcoming test on stress transformations and combined loading in beams. We worked through several homework problems found in chapter 9, reviewing relevant pieces of beam theory."
"Covered free-body diagrams and force summing equations for statics problems. First session, so improved scores are not applicable yet. The student seems to understand the problems and the concepts. I recommended practicing setting up free-body diagrams before our next session so we could review those. If he can master free-body diagrams, he will likely have a much easier time."
"Today's class revolved around a comprehensive lesson in waves, but more importantly, the focus was on the student's upcoming project in which he needs to make a scientific connection between one of his hobbies and a lesson in physics. He expressed interest in playing the guitar so his project is about how changes in wavelength, amplitude, and various other factors of a guitar string affect the pitch of the note produced. This was a phenomenal lesson because we were able to directly apply all the rules and formulas for standing waves directly to his guitar. When we finished the lesson, he was ready to collect the data for his project and had an outline finished for his write up."