We have a 15-year old, standard-issue geeky honors student. Good all-around. We have a problem with his homework. I think it's a problem with attention management.
Here's the deal - sophomore year, and his first year of all honors courses. He'd had learning problems and OT issues in grade school but generally grew out of it, and he did great freshman year. Go to his room, do his homework, by 8:30 pm he's done and doing other things.
This year his grades are still good, but... the homework. I know kids in honors classes can get a lot of homework, but for him, it's hours and hours. After a lot of frustrating diagnosis, I think I figured out what it is. He spaces out... really bad. This is even after we get rid of all distractions, etc. If I'm in the same room with him and checking on him frequently (like every 10 minutes) he has no problem doing it in the allotted time. (Which can still be 2-3 hours every night, a lot but still manageable.) But without proctoring, he can go 20 minutes just doing nothing, and do it again and again, dragging it out for many hours. He once pulled an actual all-nighter, which we found out about the next morning. Not good.
Why does he have this problem managing attention? And how can we assist with this? We can't let his junior year be a repeat of this year.
Any idea what might be going on?
(p.s. he doesn't want to drop out of honors because he's gotten to the point where he finds main-sequence courses boring and repetitious)