Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I covered one-dimensional free-fall, two-dimensional projectile motion and forces. For the forces, we used a homework app that asked to draw force body diagrams for various situations (pushing a bookcase, football dropping, etc.) After showing how the work in relation to gravity and applied force, was able to answer questions with little to no help. We then reviewed the kinematic equations in a free-fall problem relating time of a ball being dropped to the sound reaching the person on a cliff. He was able to solve for the height of cliff by determining relationship of two events. I introduced him to 2D projectile motion and how the kinematic equations are used in the x and y directions separately and then related. I then stressed importance of drawing out free-body diagrams and projectile (1D and 2D) scenarios to have a better understanding of what forces, etc. are at work and to set up questions to list known and unknown variables. He seems to have a strong understanding of material and picks up on and applies new information very well."
"Student is getting very good at converting, using significant figures, and scientific notation. We continued to work on more complex conversion problems and equations. I left him to do some additional problems involving converting volumes into grams through density."
"Today we worked on properties of liquids, used diagrams to determine solubility of solids and gases, talked about how IMF's determine some of these properties. The student did well with these. She did very well converting between molarity, molality, finding mass and mole fraction."
"We reviewed statically indeterminate axial deformation for systems utilizing the superposition method, and then we reviewed fracture and fatigue for axially loaded members. We also reviewed problems for with permanent set or plastic deformation, endurance limit of steel materials, and I lectured on force method for statically indeterminate systems solutions and temperature deformations."
"We reviewed the practice exam that was given to him by his professor, and I answered his questions on agarose gel electrophoresis, restriction enzymes, and primer design. I also conveyed to him a number of websites that will help him further with enzymes and their processes/use in PCR and DNA Recombination. I explained to him the entire process of achieving his gene/protein of interest, including ligation and transformation using e. coli post-PCR, and the selection of e.coli colonies that include his gene of interest. After an hour, he wasn't sure what else to ask, and wanted to return to his studies, to which I offered him the ability to contact me with any further questions or requests for explanation via text and email to complete the time that the session was scheduled."
"We reviewed the student's extra credit problem set and problem set that were both due this week. We finished those up quite successfully, and I helped explain some topics like alkalosis that the professor did not convey very clearly."