Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked on vectors and kinematics to prepare for his test tomorrow. He will do well. I reminded him to check his work and to be meticulous in his calculations."
"Today he spent some time on the math tutorial website working with a simulation of transverse waves on ropes. I was able to demonstrate how tension in a rope affects the speed of the wave in the rope. I then introduced him to the velocity equation for a wave, which relates wave speed to the tension and linear density of the rope. After that, I assigned some conceptual exercises that helped the student identify waves in strings of varying tensions. He then worked on some problems involving calculating the speed of a wave and the density of the string the wave passes through. These exercises helped the student to more clearly understand the lab he was working on in school."
"Energy conservation, non-conservative forces, work-energy principle. The student struggles less, and understands the concepts, but doesn't always know how to set up the problem."
"The student has an exam in Physics next Tuesday, so we focused on completing the study guides that his teacher gave them. We completed one guide and will complete the other on Sunday. If there is time, we will also go over math."
"We reviewed working with exponential functions and logarithm functions. We practiced rewriting exponentials as logarithms and logarithms as exponentials, simplifying both types of expressions, solving both types of equations, and graphing both types of equations. We talked about how exponentials and logarithms are inverse functions of each other so that the graphs could be found by switching the x- and y-coordinates. We made sure to go through all of the logarithm properties including the specific types of logarithms that we already know the value of and how to compress or expand logarithm functions. Lastly, we talked through several circuit problems including working with the units for current and using Ohm's law. The student is doing better working with logarithms, though she is less confident working with the base e logarithm than the whole number bases."
"For this session, we focused on physics. Specifically, we looked into homework that covered mirrors and how to draw ray tracing diagrams in them. These mirrors include convex, concave, and flat mirrors."