Hi, I'm bomba923 and I'm a high school senior. I will take seven AP tests in May 2007, and have agreed with my counselor to tutor other students in academic subjects to pay for my AP tests. Each AP test costs $82 (USD) and every 8 hrs. of tutoring I provide for students will reduce the fee to $5 (USD). I can tutor in: *HS Statistics and math equal to or below Calculus II *HS Physics *Chemistry equal to or below AP Chemistry *English style and grammar *Basic introduction to Spanish And I currently tutor four students in AlgebraII, one student in Chemistry, and the others in English grammar and style. -UNFORTUNATELY* *Two of the students I tutor in AlgebraII have very weak algebra I skills. (one of them has trouble understanding and multiplying simple fractions) *The student I tutor in Chemistry is learning about bonds and how to write orbital configuration, but has almost no basic understanding. You see, I wish to help my two AlgebraII students attain a higher grade in their math class ----> but I can tutor only an hour each day, trying to *patiently* explain to them basic skills. I would like them to receive higher marks in their math classes ---> but reviewing the necessarily basic skills seems to waste a lot of time. Also, I wish to help my chemistry student. You see, she has almost no understanding of what an element is, no clue about what an orbital is, why valence electrons are foremost in bonding, what does it mean for bonds to share electrons equally or unequally, etc. The Problem: Teaching her about quantum levels, wave functions, electron energies, attempts to model the atom, the concept of electron shielding and effective nuclear charge, etc--->is really beyond her class curriculum. But how can one understand orbitals without understanding these? Similarly, how can one understand what covalent and ionic bonding is before learning of electronegativity, and the factors which contribute to it? ~Should I go beyond her chemistry curriculum and tutor in a deeper context... or should I just basically tutor at whatever level she is in, just giving her facts and methods (of which she'll have no deeper or even a somewhat slightly intuitive understanding of)? Then again, perhaps I may be taking this rather too seriously . I am not responsible for their learning or understanding; I can just sit there and do some homework problems with them for an hour~ or correct a test for them (and watch them nod as if they "understand their errors" ). It's just that... well, they seem to be nice people (socially speaking)..., but are rather unintelligent and at times just don't bother to even think about the concepts. (just kinda feel sorry for them..) Any help?? Ideas?