Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over a practice test in preparation for his exam on Thursday. Overall, he seemed prepared and understood how to tackle most of the problems. I told him that he should try to get a better conceptual understanding of the material leading up to the test as this will help him make more sense of the equations. We will meet one more time before the test, and he will look at the rest of the practice tests between now and then."
"The student worked on homework covering chapter 7, rotational motion, angular velocity, angular acceleration, and rotational angles under constant acceleration. She also worked on a lab that tested and confirmed that torque is also need to be in equilibrium, as does force, for there to be static equilibrium in a system."
"Today the student and I reviewed the material that he has gone over in class thus far (position, velocity, acceleration, 1 & 2D kinematics). We also worked on attacking and outlining physics problems efficiently. I left him with the task of studying the material for his exam next week."
"Today, we worked on the laws of reflections, refraction and the geometrical optics of mirrors and lenses. Specifically, we reviewed Huygen's principle, Fermat's principle, the law of reflection, Snell's law, the general rules for drawing ray traces in spherical mirrors and for thin lenses, the mathematical relationship between object distances, image locations and the focus of a mirror or lens. Last, I gave a quick introduction to polarization. Next time, we will go over the lens maker equation and I will show the student how matrices can be used to solve geometric optics, then we will work on special relativity. On Monday, I plan to go over quantum mechanics, Schroedinger's equation and wave-particle duality. On Wednesday, we'll go over bonding energies and nuclear physics and that will be the end of the material."
"Tonight was my final session with the student for her Physics 2 course. We covered optics topics, including diffraction, image formation in lenses, propagation of E-M waves, and lens magnification. She seems very confident in the material after tonight's session, and I am confident she will do well on her final test for the course."
"We concluded our sessions on one dimensional kinematics and two dimensional kinematics. We also began to cover Newton's laws of motion. The student showed an ability to grasp concepts and apply them normally only seen in college students. I believe that the she has the propensity to make an exceptional engineer. Regardless, her innate intuition will ensure that she will excel in any field she chooses to peruse."