Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began by discussing light, and that all waves reflect, even water waves. By showing a concave reflector focusing the waves, we began discussing concave mirrors. We discussed the definition of the focal point, and how headlight lamps lead to an even intensity distribution. We moved on to discuss the nature of light and the fundamentals of refraction, which led to a discussion of the EM spectrum and the relationship of energy and frequency. We next discussed Snell's Law and the critical angle. From there, we continued to discuss optics, including lenses from the geometry of refraction involved. We covered them with ray diagrams, the focal length and magnification equation, and bound it to the student's real-world experience with optics. We closed with a review of the optics, leading to a much simpler understanding, and polished off the session by running through some basic calculation problems using the two equations."
"We began the session by going over the physics topics covered by the MCAT, and sorted them into self contained subjects (light, optics, sound, circuitry, nuclear phenomena) and interconnected subjects (charged particles, work, momentum, inertia, Newtonian mechanics, fluids), so that she could work on several subjects in parallel. We then spent time working through the first physical science section of one of the official MCAT practice exams. This was to observe how the questions tie in multiple physics concepts in a single problem. The other major lesson was that, because the MCAT doesn't allow a formula sheet, many disparate equations must be memorized, substituted, and rearranged to solve the questions. I then provided her with the AP Physics B&C formula sheet, which is an excellent reference when practicing and for making flash cards."
"Today's session was dedicated to finishing up the physics lectures. We reviewed the properties of waves with an emphasis on electromagnetic radiation. We also reviewed optics and electrical charge. The next session will be dedicated to magnetism, and select biology lectures. I left the student with the chemistry and physics equations in order for her to memorize them."