No Motivation for ACT and SAT

Q:

My 16-year-old is less interested in school than in sports and his part-time job. He has a lot of tests coming up, including the ACTs and SATs. What can I do get him motivated to focus on these?

ADHD kids can be motivated -- even when they're not focused on schoolwork.
A:

Maybe your son is avoiding the tests because the idea of going to college is overwhelming him, or perhaps he doesn't trust his study skills. I recommend that you ask your son these questions:

> What are your thoughts about going to college? What excites you and what are your concerns? (Do this without inserting your own expectations into the conversation.)
> What is it about taking the ACTs and SATs that stops you in your tracks?
> Are you confident in your study skills in preparing for the ACTs and SATs?
> How might I support you in getting started with studying? The answer could be anything from "leave me alone" to "get me a tutor." The point is to show your support and listen to what your son says he needs.
> Could you use your athletic skills to move forward with your test prep?

Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, SCAC, BCC, is president of JST Coaching, focused on ADHD youth coaching. She is co-founder of the Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching and the author of Empowering Youth with ADHD.
 
 
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