"[COVERED]: We primarily covered Electrostatics. We began with a discussion of the Electrostatic Force (Coulomb's Law), drawing parallels to the Gravitational Force. From there, we covered Electric Fields and their diagrams, and Voltage. We discussed how Electric Field analysis eliminates the test charge from consideration, allowing one to general predictions of how any test charge will behave given a similar source charge directing force at it. We also discussed how Voltage is the parallel of Electric Fields when it comes to Potential Energy, normalizing the Potential Energy to allow predictions for any test charge. In order to make these relationships clear, we had to foray into Thermodynamics, and the standard approach to changes in Thermodynamic quantities (Delta X = Final - Initial). Critical Thinking questions and example problems were scattered throughout. Then, since the student had previously reviewed the same problems multiple times, we did a screen-share of seven questions, including one passage on Electrostatics, that she had never seen. Dealing with the passage necessitated a review of the Photoelectric Effect, the wave nature of light and the Planck constant.
[PROGRESS]: By the end of the session, the student began to link the concepts together, integrating them and cross-linking the ideas to successfully answer questions. She herself felt the "hump" just before understanding crystallizes, by which I was impressed. She tenaciously held on until she crested the hump.
[CHALLENGES]: The didactic content and problem-solving components cast light on other areas which may need work - Thermodynamics and Light particularly. That being said, though, by taking our time as needed, she was able to grasp what was necessary, even when I had to insist on discussing areas like the photoelectric effect that were seemingly tangential, but ended up being central to later questions. Other areas where she needs work (as I told her in the session) are algebraic manipulation, and having a consistent approach to calculation-based problem solving. I reviewed my top-down approach to this class of problems: Concept, formulas, algebraic rearrangement, plug-and-chug, and finally, logic check.
[EXTRA PRACTICE]: Since she still has her MCAT Physics textbook, I assigned her the chapters on Electrostatics and Magnetism, instructing her to take the practice problems seriously, as they are the "Strength Training" in my 3-step Olympic training metaphor of Test Prep: Strength Training, Motion Instruction, and Event Practice are parallel to: Content Review with specific mono-concept questions, Practice Problems with Concept Integration, and finally, test-style problems and endurance training."