Maybe we could set a study-schedule at home so he can practice good habits and improve his grades. I think your help in motivating him to stick to that schedule would be beneficial. The goal is to make him more confident in his science capabilities. If he acquires strong study-habits now, they will benefit him for the rest of his life.
We will set him up with a reward for sticking to a study schedule.
We appreciate that you keep regular contact with us via email, and thank you for your concern with John. This is not the only class where his grades are slipping, and I think this kind of strategy could help him in other subjects as well.
Let me follow up with you via email recapping everything we have discussed today. I will set the study-schedule up for him, and ask that you monitor his efforts at home in the same way you have been doing with the homework. I will print a copy, which we can put in the back of John’s notebook. That way, it will go home with him daily and you can monitor and sign off. I will check to see that you are in the loop. Our next unit test is in 3 weeks, so we can plan to meet again after that test to review his progress.