Vivienne Durham: ‘Homework before screen time’ is a useful parent mantra
One of the wisest things I heard a prep school head teacher say is that, “lots of really bright boys love learning, but hate studying. The trick is to get them to understand that hard work pays off.”
It’s possible that your son falls squarely into the category of “bright boy” referred to by this sage, old head.
The first step is to discuss your concerns with your son’s prep school; his teachers are obviously well aware of his patterns of learning and will be able to offer practical advice about how to strengthen your son’s concentration and increase his application.
Do trust your instincts – if you don’t see any improvement in the coming weeks then you can also discuss the possibility of seeking an assessment by an educational psychologist, who will be able to offer an expert diagnosis and ensure that there are no unacknowledged learning needs.