Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on the last ten problems of the student's homework. He did not do well on the exam the previous week. Two of the questions on the test were difficult for him and he did not get partial credit. One of the questions involved vectors, in that a plane was dropping a package and listed the plane velocity and the prevailing wind directions. This was a problem that involves finding the resultant vector. Oddly, he was able to answer the other vector questions correctly. This was an example of him struggling to set up the problem. Once it came down to resolving the x and y or I and j components, he was fine, but he did not realize the question being asked. We spent some time on that in addition to answering the homework problems."
"Prepared for an exam the following day by reviewing previous tests that the student's professor had handed out. Reviewed dimensional analysis to balance equations based on units. Worked through a few problems dealing with forces and tension. She had some confusion in drawing out free-body diagrams and setting up the equations of the forces to show net force. We worked through problems showing how to set up free-body diagram, equations and how to solve. Once set up, she was able to lead problem-solving. Also reviewed two-dimensional projectile motion and discussed importance of dividing problems into x and y components to solve for different variables that could be interchanged between x and y."
"We went over suggested exercises for her next chapter of resistors and amperes law. The student wanted to get ahead in physics so she could prepare for her other midterms, so we learned a lot of the chapter that is going to be taught next week."
"The student reviewed for her upcoming quiz over the first three units on electricity, covering electrical current, charge, Farad, Ampere, capacitance, resistance, charge flow, how to measure the difference in charge flow using a compass and bulb brightness, capacitance charging and discharging, how charge flow rate and volumetric flow rate are related."
"The student and I solved out a projectile motion problem to review last week's topics. Today we focused primarily on Newton's second law involving pulleys, inclines, weights, and springs. The student seems dedicated and organized, and I'm helping him think through the problems, breaking them down into the simplest forms to make it easier. We've planned our sessions for next week and possibly one this weekend depending on both of our schedules."
"During my session with the student we worked on getting him ready for his test on impulses and collisions. He is very good with calculations and picked up the theory behind collisions pretty quickly. He seemed really confident when going through the practice problems, and I feel he is ready for the exam. The only thing that he struggled with was the conceptual application of the law of conservation of momentum, but I think working through his lab report helped clear up some of this."
"We spent the session on Coulomb's law and the superposition principle. I related the new concepts to free body diagrams with multiple forces like friction and gravity, and that seemed to help the student fully understand the principle. We will have to review the superposition principle next time and relate it to electric fields."
"I met with the student to review material for an upcoming test on wave physics. The material included transverse vs longitudinal waves, wave reflection, refraction and diffraction, and the effects of material properties on wave propagation. To help solidify the material, I offered several physical analogues that can be understood on a less abstract level. A portion of the material also involved basic calculations of properties such as wavelength and velocity. To help with this material I explained how the different relationships can be derived by simply analyzing the units involved, i.e. the reason why with frequency measured in Hz - 1/s, wavelength measured in meters - m, and velocity being defined as meters per second - m/s, velocity could be found by multiplying frequency and wavelength."
"In today's session, we continued to cover wave behaviors and properties of waves. The student had a test coming up the next day, so we took the time to work through the chapter in his textbook and do the exercises it provided. This included interpreting the period, frequency, velocity, and wavelengths from a word problem, and understanding how to use those values to calculate the others. We examined the importance of recognizing the units as well, and how they can be used to easily identify those characteristics of waves. Additionally, we discussed extensions and consequences of these wave properties in the forms of the Doppler effect, sonic booms, and comparing the speeds of light and sound in a given situation."
"The student and I went over the corrections that he had to make for his geometry test. We went over simplifying radicals together and made sure he made the corrections. He is a bright boy and is a fast learner. After the corrections, we went over free-fall problems in physics. He has a quiz on this material on Monday. We went over how to fill in the knowns and locating which kinematic equation to use to find the unknowns. Again, he showed fast learning ability and was able to do the problems well on his own."
"The student and I spent the session reviewing projectile motion and working through practice problems. He stated that he is starting to feel better about the problems. For the problems, we started with drawings to ensure that we understood what the problem was describing. We practiced separating the variables into the x and y components and using different equations for each set of variables. The student will continue to work through the problems on his own during the week. He is preparing for an exam in 10 days on all of the material he has gone through so far. Next session, we will review the concepts that he feels weaker in and do practice problems before his exam."
"We covered the test she recently took. We were able to discuss the answers for every question. Now that we have cleared up most of the confusion, she can look back on this corrected test to review the material for her final."