Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We analyzed Hooke's Law, then discussed oscillatory motion in terms of extremes of displacement and equilibrium position. We discussed the energetics of spring motion, and then worked some difficult problems that bring these concepts together. We briefly discussed angular velocity and how it gets tested on the MCAT. I assigned him homework in springs, as well as reading on pendula. I also told him to learn the first 20 square numbers."
"We focused on how to use her time efficiently, as well as how to specifically work on specific types of questions. I already can see her thinking about the passages in a different way, like how we discussed."
"Got introduced to the student and talked about her studying goals and when she would be taking the test. Since she is taking this course, I told her that I would wait to come up with a study plan so she's not being pulled in multiple directions, but we spent the session going through problems on Kinematics and Newton's Laws. I gave her some tips on how to help herself, like always using units and using free body diagrams for force problems."
"We continued reviewing difficult humanities passages. Each session I locate a few new ones and we discuss them. The student is doing well. We also continued our timing exercises. She found the homework helpful, so I will assign more. She seems to feel that the format at present is helpful, so we will continue with it."
"We reviewed verbal reasoning from the Berkeley review book. We did 3 passages and discussed the answers."
"The student and I met to cover phases/ phase changes and light/ optics. We jumped into this material right away, and I was impressed by how much work she'd done on the phases/ phase change material prior to our session. She had thoroughly read the material on phase diagrams and heating curves and was able to answer all of the sample problems quickly and without hesitation. She had a less solid understanding of the colligative properties, so we spent more of our dedicated general chemistry time working through both the qualitative and quantitative applications of this concept. With regards to the light and optics material, this seems to be something that she has a bit of a mental block around so I really wanted to build her confidence with this subject. She understands all of the equations, but seems to freeze up with some of the applications when she doesn't completely understand the underpinnings of the "tricks" or strategies. When we were able to relate the strategies she'd learned in her earlier course to the equations that we reviewed together, she seemed increasingly comfortable with the material. I encouraged her to keep practicing the strategies we developed for the mirror and lens problems in the few days leading up to our next session. The next session will be our sixth session. Since this is the halfway point in our meetings, I want to evaluate the areas she's been working on and have, thus, planned to complete a full-length verbal reasoning section and 45 minute physical sciences subject test with her. Of course, she'll have the reins, but I want to be there to observe any areas of difficulty that she encounters in taking the section tests."