Q:

My high-school sophomore struggled all year in biology. Now he is going to be taking chemistry next year. How can he get a head start in understanding chemistry this summer? -- Needs Science Help

A:

Enrollment in a summer school chemistry class could be a big help. If such a class is not available, you should check out the chemistry book that he'll be using from the school bookstore. Find out now if this is possible. It usually is. Or you could even purchase the book online.

Just having the book won't do any good. Few children have the discipline to work ahead on their own. See if you can find a college or high-school student who will work with him every day for a few weeks to get him started. One chapter must be mastered before he goes on to the next.