Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed Simple Harmonic Motion. We began with a definition of Periodic Motion, and how SHM is a special subclass. We analyzed Hooke's Law and discussed its vector meaning. We discussed spring motion and defined the central and extreme positions as relevant reference points. We discussed Hooke's Law in those terms, and the Energy Considerations. We discussed the work done by a spring and how to derive it graphically, and how that related to the elastic potential energy stored by the spring. We discussed the atomic reasons why elastic forces are simply electrostatic and thus conservative. We worked a hard problem interrelating submaximal displacement, U, K, and speed. We defined angular velocity and firmly discussed how it is outside the scope of the MCAT except for one formula, emphasizing the interrelationship of omega, frequency, and period. We then discussed pendular motion. Like we did for planes, we derived a geometric explanation of a handy shortcut to save time on the test. We then discussed a problem that introduced a new class of problem, quantitative comparison. In order to solve that quickly, I showed the student how having a pre-memorized list of the squares between 0 and 400 would lead to rapid solutions on test day. The student's math history is good, and his intuitive grasp of geometric relationships really came out to shine in this session. He has really integrated the previous lessons on work and energy. He is truly appreciative of time-saving problem-solving strategies, and I believe he will take full advantage."
"We went through logical reasoning and reading comprehension sections of test prep review book with particular attention to wording of answers."
"For today's session, we did some additional review of logical reasoning. I also gave the student several tips on analyzing different question types."