Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We are beginning to discuss ballistic motion (parabolic flight). Both students understand the x and y concepts of the vectors and are beginning to understand the critical importance of the apex of vertical motion as a way to split such problems in half."
"We covered new topics regarding force. We completed the online quiz which was due the next day. It covered topics which required understanding general concepts about force and drawing a force diagram and analyzing the X and Y components of each force."
"The student and I covered Newton's laws. We worked on conceptual problems and applied problems. We spoke about how to develop an efficient strategy for solving problems to minimize mistakes on tests. We also covered odd and even functions."
"They are on the 2-D motion of objects, Newton's laws of motion and static and kinetic friction. So we went over their homework on this part. For each problem, I would ask them to first visualize the problem, and identify the concepts and equations it is testing on. We then combine those equations and proceed to solve the problems. They have solid grasp of the related math so it went smoothly. They also worked on their calculus homework with minimum assistance from me."
"I met the student for the first time today and we talked about circular motion and gravitational acceleration. For circular motion we talked about banked curves, spinning an object in a horizontal circle, and spinning an object in a vertical circle. The most important thing is to draw the free body diagram correctly, and she is fine with that. Then we talked about gravitational acceleration and how the acceleration is independent of the object that it is acting on. Then we did the conceptual problems in the back of the chapter. She is very smart and learns quickly. Since she doesn't seem to have problems in solving physics questions, we will spend most of our time discussing concepts."
"We had our last session today. Went over the student's answers to the free response section and over his incorrect answers to his last practice exam before the big day. I'm confident that he is in the 3 range. We completed the session with a review of the test taking strategies for exam day."
"This time we covered a key points document for the student's upcoming test. We talked in-depth about synergistic drug effects and tried to make large-scale connections to topics like how pollution from pesticides can enter the air and water."
"We worked on an AP Environmental homework assignment and prepared for an AP Environmental quiz. The student is doing extremely well in her class. She told me she scored the highest grade in the class on her last exam and prior to that she received the second highest grade in the class. We also worked on a Spanish composition."
"We spent the evening reviewing some previous material from the beginning of the year including, but not limited to, photosynthesis and cellular respiration. We will be doing some review questions on material this week as a final review for his midterm exam."
"The student and I reviewed for the final exam today. We were able to cover the review sheets for chapters 1-13 in 2 hours. We spent extra time focusing on macromolecules. I emphasized that most molecules including water are extremely polar, while others are amphipathic, and lipids are non-polar. We then reviewed the basics of respiration and photosynthesis. I think that he is well prepared for his exam tomorrow."
"In our final session of the semester, the student went over all of the material and focused on any last minute points she had questions on. We finished the session with some basic review questions in order to make sure that all concepts were well understood. She seemed to have a great grip on the material, and I feel she will have no problem attacking her comprehensive final in the class. We plan to meet next time in January when school restarts."
"During this session the student and I reviewed chapter 17 and 18 in preparation for her upcoming exam. We also reviewed several topics from earlier sessions such as Punnet squares, Chi squared testing, and the fundamentals of the electron transport chain."