Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I studied for an upcoming test. We worked on reviewing her prior quizzes and discussed all of the questions in detail. We then worked on two homework questions that deal with force diagrams on an incline. I taught the student to draw the diagram on the given picture and then physically turn her paper so that the bulk of the arrows are along the natural x and y axis. We also said that the surface should become the new x axis. We will be able to look at more of these problems on Tuesday when we get into her review packet. After completing the two homework problems, we began the review packet. We specifically clarified that inertia is dependent on mass alone, more massive objects have more inertia than less massive objects, and velocity is unimportant to this concept. I believe that this session went well and I think that the student has such a positive personality when she comes to our sessions. She is very animated and excited."
"We covered homework and concept discussions of kinetic energy and work, especially motion in one direction. The student has a good grasp of the basic material and is skilled with calculations. In addition, to support his English assignment, I shared an outline that I developed, that simplifies the organization and execution of the expository theme. It may be helpful to him in near term assignments."
"The student has started working on a new unit in physics, covering the charge pressure difference or potential difference across a circuit and how that is analogous to air pressure. She worked first on an activity that related high/low air pressure being the drive for airflow and how that related to the difference in charge across a circuit. The student continued through the packet of worksheets that had her analyze the pressure across a circuit when a capacitor is involved, is charging, at various points of charging, and then discharging. She had no trouble relating the ideas from the air capacitor activities to the new concepts of pressure difference across a circuit."
"We worked through Test 2 problems related to Gibbs free energy, entropy, enthalpy, spontaneity, reaction mechanisms, catalysts/intermediates/activated complexes, and determining overall reactions from multiple reaction steps. We also worked through another electrochemistry problem, which was quite similar to a problem we reviewed from a previous test. The student was able to independently determine the steps to take to solve most of this problem, which was great to see! I encouraged him to review each problem in a test, including the solutions, and to then retake the test with all solutions covered until he is able to work each problem type in a few minutes."