Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent time reviewing problems and concepts for the student's upcoming test, and I think we cemented some of the basic concepts and used them in problems in ways he picked up well. The algebra is a little tricky sometimes, but the physics concepts are all there."
"The student and I discussed angular velocity, acceleration, and general angular kinematics. We prepared her for her exam next week by doing some quiz questions. She performed well, but had some issues on completing a "net torque" equation. She is doing very well and will do marvelously on her exam this coming week."
"I covered Newton's three laws on action-reaction, second law and rest to motion law. I provided the definitions and examples of the phenomenons associated with the laws. In addition, I explained to the student the small details he had questions on."
"Today we reviewed the basics of electrostatics. The student was having some issues with electrostatic potential and fields. We started with electrostatic force and related force to work in order to better understand where the electric potential and potential energy fits into the picture. Most of the material we reviewed was in preparation for his exam that is to take place next week."
"Today we worked on the student's physics assignment; specifically chapters 4 and 5. Chapter 6 is the last one for this hw. The student seemed to have a good handle on the material we covered. This weekend we plan on working on both physics and math, in preparation for finals week. For math, method of undetermined coefficients and equation sheet. For physics, review of any problematic concepts."
"We reviewed for his upcoming test by going through several circuits problems as well as new material about magnetic fields from his study guide. The student continues to do well with the material. We are hoping for another 100% on his exam 2."
"Today we covered the intro to physics, definitions, unit conversions, scientific method, and calculating error. The student was struggling with doing prefix conversions (mg to g or kg) in her head, and we talked about how to write it out to ensure she gets it correct."
"We covered chapter 2 of the student's physics textbook, covering: the difference between average velocity, instantaneous velocity, and speed; the difference between position and distance, and situations of constant acceleration. I also proved the work-energy theorem because it was germane to some results we had in those constant-acceleration problems. I offered a basic review of Newton's perspective on forces and velocities and how that differed from the older Greek perspective, and showed the forms of different force laws in practice. The student did a great job."
"The student has a physics test on Monday, on some of the more difficult material on electromagnetic fields. We covered problems on how currents affect magnetic fields and vice versa, and also took a close look at a few circuits problems, ones with capacitors and multiple voltage sources. We didn't get to all the problems in our limited time, but I gave her some tips on how to study for the test. She should take some time to study the subjects one by one and then review on the day before the test. Next week we'll go over the exam, and then one more physics review before the final."
"This session the student and I spent almost the entire time working on homework problems, many of which involved the drawing of ray diagrams. The homework problems brought us to the end of our session."
"We covered kinematics (Fnet=ma, force diagrams, incline planes, etc.). We also covered projectile motion(when to use which equation, independence of horizontal and vertical directions, time connects these two directions, etc.). I left a few key problems for the student."
"We ran through the student's practice test in advance of her real test in class. She had a solid understanding of how to do most of the problems, but needed a little explanation through some sticky spots. By the time I left, she had a thorough command of the subject matter for the test, and I have no doubt she'll do very well."