It really sucks when it happens because even before grading, he only gets 75% immediately, for turning in the assignments late. Erin works her butt off with our kids and she tries her best to keep him organized, studies with them every night (which is a LOT of studying), but we can’t be there in class holding their hands to be sure they turn in their work.
Devlin’s issues (we believe) are that a) his mind is elsewhere (on games, and Discord conversations) and b) he’s just not organized so he forgets things. “Short pen makes long memory” is something we both tell him endlessly, but Erin still finds his agenda not filled out correctly or completely, etc., Kids have a lot on their plates so it’s not practical to think they’re going to remember everything unless they’re focused and organized. He’s in all honors courses so he’s doing great even to have A’s and B’s, but to me it’s never been about the grades, it’s been about taking personal pride in your work, caring about the product, being responsible and just not making careless mistakes. I think the “responsible” part is what is causing him the most problems right now because he’s only 15. He’s a work in progress. He wants to attend MIT so he understands it’s going to be very competitive.