Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"[COVERED]: We discussed Simple Harmonic Motion and Waves. We began with a discussion of Periodic Motion, defining Period and Frequency. We then moved on to Springs, using a Java-based simulator of a spring-block system. We defined the resting length, and the relationship of a displacement to the Restoring Force. We discussed the oscillatory motion in Energy terms of Work, and defined how the Kinetic and Potential Energy is constantly being exchanged back and forth. We ran some problems I made to apply the concept of Conservation of Mechanical energy to figuring out the speed of the block, or the spring constant. We then discussed angular velocity omega, showing how it is derived from circular motion, and how it relates to frequency. We discussed the formula for angular velocity of a spring system, and examined the relationship of the variables therein. We then quickly covered pendular systems, showing the parallels to springs. We discussed generalized Waves, using this opportunity to differentiate the concepts of Intensity and Frequency, especially as they related to light, which was a sticking point for the student in a past session. She sailed through it this time. We discussed the different parameters of waves, and how those parameters are perceived by humans for sound and light. [PROGRESS]: By being extremely thorough when discussing SHM, periodic motion, and circular motion, she was able to see why these systems are so highly tested, and to finally understand the parameters of waves, which had troubled her before."
"The student and I met this afternoon to review the physics topic of electric circuits. She had just recently learned this material in her electrostatics and electromagnetism course this past semester, but I thought it would still be a good concept to review as it is often tested differently in lecture courses than it is on the MCAT. She certainly benefited from a review of the basic content and the applicable equations, though her foundation in this subject matter seemed relatively strong. It was clear in beginning our discrete questions that she was sometimes unsure of how to start answering a question, but by the time we proceeded to our two sample passages she seemed much more confident in how to tackle a question from the very beginning. I gave her a number of discrete questions, a topical exam, and three additional practice passages so that she can continue looking at the MCAT application of this material over the weekend."
"We spent our time doing GRE Quantitative problems. We managed to get through a little over half of them, and are going to continue going over these tomorrow in our next session."