The Physics Subject Test assesses your understanding of concepts from one year of introductory physics on the college-preparatory level, as well as reasoning and problem-solving skills derived from lab experience. If you’re thinking about pursuing a math- or science-based program of study (such as science, technology, engineering, or math), taking the Physics Subject Test is a great way to demonstrate your interests on your college application. Each student will be provided with an individual study plan based on an initial assessment that will tailor their studies to those areas that need the most attention for them.
Lecture Content/Live Zoom Discussions: All course lectures are recorded and available for students to playback at their convenience. I also post podcasts and short video clips explain course concepts as needed. Regular “office hours” will be listed after classes begin (survey of student time zones will determine the actual office hours) so students can reach me for immediate feedback or for individual or group homework help.
Student Evaluation and Feedback: Homework will be mostly online quizzes and graded as complete/incomplete. Homework will be graded within 1 week.
Communications: Course communication occurs through the message system on the course website. I am also available to students by appointment.
Technical needs: To access course materials students will need broadband, high speed Internet and their own e-mail account. This course will be run on the learning platform called Canvas. Canvas is a user-friendly, powerful platform where parents can be linked to their students and access student material, see grades, and contact the instructor at any time. Weekly assignments are downloaded as PDF files from the website. A scanner is required so that students can scan their completed work and upload it to the website for grading.
Time Commitment: The qualified student will spend 3-5 hours per week on this class. This time will be spent reading course materials, watching videos, using interactive demos, completing problems, and participating in live class (or watching the lecture afterwards).
Class Meeting Time: Four times monthly, a live discussion will be held at the above listed meeting time to discuss concepts, answer student questions, and complete homework problems together. Students are not required to “meet” at the scheduled discussion time, but it is encouraged. Scheduled discussion times will be recorded for those unable to attend the live discussion times.
Instructor Qualifications: I have a BS in physics with a minor in mathematics and a MS in Education. In 2012 I began tutoring students and even started my own company when I saw a vast need for math and science help for high school and college level students. What I also found is that it is a great way to share my love for both subjects. Currently, I homeschool my own 2 children in addition to teaching at a local co-op our family is a part of. I took online classes during both my undergraduate and graduate education and am familiar with both the power and limitations of the medium. My desire to pass on my own love of learning all subjects is only surpassed by my hope to encourage students to enjoy learning science and math, which are often feared and avoided.
Who should apply: The well-prepared applicant has a strong algebra background and is willing to work to understand difficult concepts. Much of the material is not easy, but by completing the homework and seeking help for concepts not understood, students will be able to apply physics both mathematically and conceptually. The applications will all be algebra based, but there are some trigonometric functions that will be required. If a student does not already know these topics, they will be covered within this course.
To apply or ask a question regarding this class, email Kristen Lauria at email@example.com or see her website at MasteryAcademic.com for more information.