Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this tutoring session, we focused on circuits, as led by a problem set. We covered and worked with the concepts of resistors in series and parallel, Kirchhoff loop/junction rules, circuits of resistors, and capacitors."
"The student and I began to cover trigonometry, in preparation for her algebra 2/ trig class next school year. We reviewed the special right triangles, 30-60-90, 45-45-90, the six trigonometric ratios, inverse trigonometric functions, the complement of angles, converting from degrees to radians and vice versa, coterminal angles, reference angles, and the unit circle."
"The student and I continued a more challenging problem we had left off with on Saturday, and he seemed to understand the concept better than at the first attempt. He had trouble with keeping his units right sometimes, so we discussed strategies to avoid these mistakes. As he works more problems, I can see he is gaining more confidence and understanding of how to apply the kinematic equations for certain situations, such as when time isn't given in a problem. I sent him the collection of problems we discussed so far to help him work through them again in his free time, to help his understanding further, and also work on his pacing for an exam situation. Next session, he will have had class, so we can discuss new material or possibly review some exams or quizzes to make sure he isn't missing anything."
"The student and I continued working on logic gates. Last time he didn't finish making his own circuit. Today, he was very successful and made his own custom circuit. We started talking about boolean algebra. This topic is pretty difficult because it is a form of math that he has never seen before. We will test it out next lesson to see how far we can get."
"The student and I covered basic mechanics: 1 and 2D motion, vector addition, acceleration, velocity, and displacement."
"The student and I covered capacitors, resistors, and circuits, including all of the applicable rules and concepts. She most struggled with relating the algebraic manipulations to the simplification and analysis of circuits, but she was willing to ask the right questions and challenge herself. I explained that the best way to understand circuits is to think of the laws as just logical implications rather than arbitrary rules. I left her with a few practice circuits to work through, and she told me she did well on the last quiz that was on circuits."