HOW TO MOTIVATE KIDS TO STUDY
Let your children do things at their own pace
When it comes to education, some children feel that they are being controlled. They will end up withdrawing from learning; when you, as the parent, put too much control. It is, indeed, important to guide and control your children during their learning process; however, it is more essential to allow children to have their own pace in experiencing the learning process. A good way to do this is by providing options for them. For instance, when assigning a writing project, allow your children to choose their topic to write about.
We also recommend allowing children to choose their own extracurricular activities. The more control and input you’re able to provide, with respect to their learning environment, activities, and style, the more engaged and motivated a child will become to learn.
Encourage open and sincere communication
Encourage your children or students to express their opinions about what’s going on with their learning process. Create an open atmosphere where they feel comfortable expressing their likes, dislikes or concerns. When they share their opinion, make sure to validate their feelings – even if you disagree. When they are ignored, they’re likely to disengage from the learning process. Good learners know their opinion matters and feel reassured that they can be open about their educational experience without being judged, put down, discouraged or ignored. Once your children do something; like picking up a toy, praise them. Eventually, that is the positive behaviour you can teach and give as a good example for them to imitate.
Focus on your children’s interests
When a learning process engages children in their areas and subjects of interest, learning becomes a fun activity. It will attract them to engage in learning process. If you really want to help your children to be a good learner, encourage them to explore topics and subjects that fascinate them. If they like dinosaurs, help them find amusing and interesting books or stories about dinosaurs. Then challenge them to identify their five favourite dinosaurs and explain why they chose those ones.
Introduce and encourage different types of learning styles
Every child has learning preferences and styles that are best suited to their way of learning. Some children have a dominant learning style, while others prefer to learn using a mix of learning styles. There isn’t necessarily one right or wrong learning style, or mix of learning styles. However, by helping your children discover their preferred learning styles, you can use techniques that will improve their rate and quality learning.
Make fun learning through game-based learning
Game-based learning is not a new concept. It has been around for a long time. Game-based learning can be very advantageous for many reasons. Using games as an education tool not only provides opportunities for deeper learning and development of non-cognitive skills, but also helps motivate children to learn. When the children are actively engaged with a game, their mind experiences the pleasure of learning a new system. This is true regardless of whether the game is considered as “entertainment” (e.g. video game) or “strategy” (e.g. military simulator). Games that are entertaining provide the additional benefit of motivating children to engage in the learning process and want to learn more.
Focus on what they are learning, not their performance
Instead of asking your children how they did on their math test soon after they get home from school, have them teach you what they learned in math today. Focus on what your children is learning, as opposed to how they are performing. While performance is important, focusing on his learning experience will: (1) inform your child that actual learning is more important rather than examination marks, (2) results are not the most important thing, (3) you’re more concerned about them despite you their performance and (4) by focusing on their learning experience that day, you’ll provide them with the opportunity to put into their own words about their lesson and solidify what they have learned.