Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She and I went over practice Physics problems involving the topics of circular motion, gravitational force, momentum, and the conservation of momentum. This was in preparation for the upcoming Physics assessment exam. By the end of the session, she was able to solve the problems correctly."
"The student and I discussed projectile motion qualitatively via scenarios before incorporating kinematic equations. This helped him understand projectile motion on a more conceptual level, and allowed him to apply the kinematic equations more accurately and progress through the problem solving more naturally. In the beginning, he struggled with deciding which kinematic equations to use and when to use them. Near the end of our problem set, he began to identify the givens and the unknowns such that he could readily identify which equations would help solve for the missing item. I provided him with my abbreviated version of the kinematic equations and suggested that he learn which ones can be used when certain information is missing. We purposely didn't finish all of his problem sets so that he had a chance to practice the new techniques he learned during our session."
"The student and I focused on physics during our tutoring session; she has a test soon and selected that subject to work on. She had a study guide that was mostly complete. I went over her answers, and we worked on the few that she had answered incorrectly, or hadn't yet completed. (She had answered the majority of the questions correctly!) The questions that remained mostly covered understanding definitions and concepts on displacement, distance, and acceleration. She was able to answer correctly and confidently towards the end of our tutoring session, including on problems requiring formulas and calculations. Since she also has a test in Algebra, we reviewed the chapters that would be on it. She was able to answer all of the questions we did correctly."
"The student and I met for the first time this evening, and I got to talk with him about all sorts of basic kinematics. We discussed some shortcuts for position, velocity, and acceleration calculations, and he made it all the way through his homework set, including the bonus problem. Things went smoothly, and I'm confident he has what it takes to succeed in physics this year!"
"The student and I prepared for her physics test and put together the note sheet she was allowed to have. We went through experimental design, units, measurement accuracy and precision, sig figs, graphical analysis, and interpretation of data. We also finished up her math homework, which was on solving equations and finding intercepts."
"The student and I reviewed 2d kinematics, vector addition and trigonometry during our first session. She had some trouble getting started with problems, so we reviewed the solution techniques presented in her textbook and applied them to her most recent homework assignment. Her initial confusion seemed to subside as we stepped through a projectile motion problem together. She made a couple of small mistakes in manipulating equations and caught them herself after reasoning about the implications (i.e., negative time). I suggested that she apply the steps we covered (drawing diagrams, identifying knowns and unknowns, setting up equations, etc.) to her remaining homework and review problems."