I am tutoring a student who is in an honors Algebra II class. The class is definitely advanced and the student hasn't been exposed to this kind of material. The teacher is going beyond algebra II and into calculus.
The major issue I have with the student is how incredibly lazy he is. He takes way too long to solve a problem.
The teacher normally posts a review sheet which I complete with the student. I additionally come up with several mock exams and give it to the student to complete. During the session I have trouble because as soon as he doesn't understand something, he asks me. I have tried to coach him in the right direction without giving answers, I've also flat out refused to give him answers. But in either case, if he doesn't understand it, he doesn't try anything.
For his first couple exams, he scored in the 70's. The third exam he took, he knew everything on the exam, it was very easy (by his own admission) however when he took the test, he just froze. This happens constantly. I thought this was more of a psychological thing than anything so I started making mock exams to create a similar environment for him to work in but he is always getting distracted.
On the exams, he constantly runs out of time. However on his 4th exam, he scored 28/30 which is excellent and he only got two points off for a silly error. I thought this was great progress and I was so happy. His most recent exam(the fifth one), I prepared him for about 10-15 hours total. I created multiple exams, I went through the review sheet. He got back his exam and he scored a 19/30.
I'm devastated, I don't know what more I should be doing as a tutor. It's really difficult for me to even understand what is going on.
I have also noticed that when he knows how to do a problem, he is very focused (as you would expect). However even if he understands a concept but hasn't been exposed to the specific wording or presentation of a problem, he just shuts down. I try my best to come up with questions that are similar to the review sheet however he still needs to know how to think.
I know he's in high school but I give small and simple proofs for certain things because I want him to know why and not have it be a matter of memorization.
Please help with any suggestions on what I can do moving forward and how I can best utilize my time and efforts working with my student. Thank you, any feed back is greatly appreciated!