He had not understood that in seventh grade he was responsible for handing in his homework, instead of waiting to be asked.
The New York Times has an article, “Giving Disorganized Boys the Tools for Success”, that echoes much of the advice you’ll find here: learn to file your papers, use a homework diary, find a quiet place to study, etc. The article quotes a Grade 12 boy who, with the help of an organization tutor, raised his grade average from B- to B+:
â€œI was really happy about that,â€ he said. â€œI always thought I could do it, and I didnâ€™t understand why I couldnâ€™t. I just needed that backing, that structure.”
All of usâ€”not just students, and not just boysâ€”can benefit from the support of others as we try to improve our habits. A parent, a tutor, a friendâ€”find someone who will help motivate you and keep you on track.