DS19 is homeschooled, and though he has no trouble academically, he has relied on me to plan his weekly schedule. (I don’t think this is a homeschool issue, though, because my next 2 kids in line don’t need any help with planning/scheduling/organization.)
Last semester, ds took 2 dual credit courses (plus a few at home courses) and did well. This semester, he took 3 dual credit courses (plus at home stuff).
He did all the studying and coursework on his own, but I kept helping plan his weekly schedule and gave him reminders about little things. Around spring break, I started telling him how to plan his own schedule and backed off the reminding because I know he’ll have to do it on his own this fall.
His grades took a dive from 2 A’s and a B to 1 A, 1 B, 1 C.
He was doing things like finishing homework in time but not getting it turned in, losing homework, writing an A paper that became a C due to no works cited, forgetting to bring a calculator to a chem test, etc. I told him repeatedly over the past few weeks to check his syllabi and make notes of all assignments, due dates, and tests. Monday, he almost missed a final. A friend texted him, and he was able to get there in time to finish, but was 30 min late.
Last night, he came to tell me how disappointed he was with his performance and said he hoped he could learn to be organized. I asked him if he thought he needed another year of community college, and he said no.
I think he can get his act together, but I’m wondering if any of you know of any books or strategies I could pass along to help prepare him.
I never had trouble staying organized as a student, and my next 2 kids in line don’t have an issue with it either, so it’s hard for me to understand why ds struggles so much with this.