Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During our session, we mainly focused on the three rules of tax incidence as we tried to do a review of the assigned homework in Economics. The concepts included the statutory burden of a tax, economic incidence of tax, the side of the market on which the taxis imposed, inelastic supply or demand bearing taxes. We spent quite some time constructing demand and supply graphs and hit a few roadblocks as we tried to see the impact of taxes on the supply curve. At the end of the lesson, we felt better about understanding how the price and quantity are influenced by taxes, but needed more careful reading of the book, which is often circular in logic. Good session."
"The student and I discussed some more Newton's laws problems, energy, momentum and spring problems. He is rusty on how to solve those types of problems. I am hopeful that by going through them, it will become clearer to him."
"Today we reviewed measures of association (differences between odds ratio and relative risk) and when to use them (depending on study design). We also discussed differences in statistical modeling, such as logistic regression and proportional hazards. We reviewed important assumptions for these models and how to apply them to epidemiological studies. We also reviewed sampling in case control studies and interpretation of biological and statistical interactions."
"In this session, we focused on last-minute content review and test-taking strategies for the AP Physics test this week. I found sample AP style questions for the student to work through and we went over the concepts that she needed review on. We looked at multiple-choice and free response, but I really tried to gear us more towards free response practice as those questions are typically more involved and more challenging. The student also requested content review specifically on Newton's Laws, so we spent some time going through the basic concepts there. I also went over test-taking strategies with the student and how to make good use of her formula sheet. It will be important over the next day or two that the student gets comfortable with the formula sheet so she does not waste too much time looking for formulas each time she encounters a questions. The student has my email and phone number and can contact me with any questions from now until test day."
"Today we talked about lenses and diffraction. We started with looking at converging and diverging lenses. We spent some time talking about double slit diffraction. We ended the session by working through a telescope problem, which took some time to complete. Overall the session went well."
"This session was a final review session prior to a cumulative final, thus first law and second law of thermodynamics were covered, as well as mechanical energy, efficient of turbine, compressors, and nozzles. We reviewed her equation sheet required for her final exam and solved multiple questions from past final exams. Our studying strategies included listing all the knowns given in a problem, and the item that we are solving for, list the boundary conditions, apply them to the problem and solve the question presented. The student understands how to solve a given problem once the boundary condition is applied, thus we worked on selecting the right equations and boundary conditions, as well as the use of additional equations to reduce the number of unknowns for a given system."