Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"[COVERED]: We began with covering Light. We discussed the nature of light as oscillating, self-propagating, perpendicularly oriented Electric and Magnetic fields. We discussed the speed of light in a vacuum vs. in a denser medium, and why the speed slows down when light interacts with matter. We used this as the basis of our discussion of refraction. We identified why light refracts. We then really hammered away at optics. I tried to get the student to use his real-world experiences to understand the optics in terms of visualization as a primary analytical tool to answer optics questions quickly and correctly. I also showed him the logical implications of focal length equations. We ran through several practice problems, with me reminding him to calculate less and think more. We then moved on to Fluids, discussing Hydrostatics, Hydraulics, and Fluid Dynamics. I posed several critical thinking questions about hurricanes and airplane wings to get him to see how to think about Fluid Dynamics problems. He already had a pretty good concept of buoyancy. [PROGRESS]: He clearly has a good fund of knowledge and is studying hard. [EXTRA PRACTICE]: We have slated the Reproductive and Endocrine Systems for next time, as well as any other areas that may be raised by him taking a full-length test this weekend."
"The student pinpoints that her main source of difficulty comes from physics, and we will be working on that material for the time being."
"We reviewed four passages. In addition, we went over some tips and tricks for critical thinking, including: reading and noting the questions first; paraphrasing confusing sentences in colloquial language; re-reading for context when the question involves something FROM the passage; and mapping out paragraphs. The student has a really good foundation and I believe she will be able to pull her points up to her satisfaction with a bit more practice."