Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"[COVERED]: We reviewed the concepts involved in Inclined Plane problems and Friction briefly. We then opened a discussion of Uniform Circular Motion. Next, we talked about projectile motion. This was a very useful means to get the student familiar with applying Newton's Second Law, component vector analysis, and kinematics. We worked through several problems, solving for range, maximum height, and the duration of the fall. [PROGRESS/CHALLENGES]: I believe that since he has never taken Physics before, he needs more concrete problems to learn how to approach the problem. After a few practice problems, he was clearly more comfortable with the type of thinking he needed to apply, mastering the logic of component analysis, and becoming more comfortable with kinematics. [EXTRA PRACTICE]: Our next session will be Work, Energy, and Momentum."
"At our first session, I had asked questions on how the student felt about the material as well as how she approaches some problems. I tried to give a lot of overall advice to help her with future tests as well as studying. She brought up questions that she had on her past exam and asked how I would address them. She has recently started studying using a new book. We also discussed a potential study regime as well as additional study tactics to help her along. We plan on scheduling future sessions around her study schedule as she completes various lectures. Moving forward, she will bring questions she has on the material and I will prepare any general/topic advice I have for her. I will send her a diagnostic test from some of my resources by today to evaluate her familiarity with subtopics."
"The student and I began our review of mathematics strategies. We covered a general strategy for data sufficiency and the three types of plugging in for algebra problems. I gave him easy and medium level practice problems to test out these strategies. Next time we will go over any questions he has regarding the practice problems and begin our substantive review of arithmetic."
"The student and I spent the majority of our session today discussing the objectives of her assignment. I wrote out some key points as she brainstormed her ideas for the final paper, and we drafted a rough thesis as a starting point. She has a few questions that need clarification from her instructor, but she has a solid outline for her first three paragraphs."
"Today we continued to cover algebra, doing a large number of practice problems. The student is picking up the material quickly, and next session, we will move on to geometry and, if we have time, combinatorics."
"Today we finished up the last few sentence equivalence questions from section 3 of practice test #2 and then moved on to the first part of section 4. The sections we did from section 4 included some sentence completions and some relatively difficult reading comprehension. The student's vocabulary and approach on the various types of verbal questions are noticeably improving. We finished up today with just a few math questions from Section 5, which we worked through together to talk about strategies and review some content. During our next session we are going to look at a few argument-based reading comprehension questions out of a prep book."