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"This session began by talking with the student about the importance of attempting practice problems without help before going elsewhere (myself, classmates, his teacher, provided answers, etc.) for help, in light of his most recent test score. I tried to stress the amount of work he has ahead of him in order to improve his grade in the class. I also laid out a plan of how we are going to address the issues he having, again stressing that ultimately the responsibility falls onto his own shoulders to do the practice problems alone first. He seemed to grasp the gravity of the situation, and hopefully, that will translate into a more concentrated effort on his part outside of class and tutoring sessions.
When we finally moved onto to new subject material. We focused on the next unit in his class, which focuses on the concepts of the mole and its uses in determining the amounts of substances. We went over how to find molar masses (which he had a pretty good grasp on already) and percentage composition problems. We also spoke about using the units of values, like molar mass and density, as ratios for conversions. I also explained how he needed to be able to do the calculations in this unit quickly, as they are the foundations of future calculations in the upcoming units.
He was assigned to finish pages 6 and 7 in his unit packet on Tuesday night and pages 8, 9, and 10 on Wednesday night, as well as to read chapters 6.1 and 6.2 in his textbook. Starting next session, I'll be giving him timed quizzes on material covered the previous session, in an effort to gauge how much work he is doing on his own. Hopefully, by next session, he will get his test back, so that we can see what issues he really had and to do corrections for extra credit. He will most likely be needing to have his homework, both assigned by his teach and by me, checked on a daily basis. I will be assigning him problems from his book and from my own problem sets from now on, and he should have 5-10 problems to complete each school night. The material from this point on is less conceptual and more applied knowledge, which means doing lots of problems on his own. He will probably struggle at times, which is perfectly fine, and will probably need to consult sources like notes or his textbook in order to complete the problems on his own, which is exactly what I hope happens. That struggle to solve problems is what leads to remembering how to solve the same type of problem on a test."