Whether your children are in secondary school or heading off to university, motivation is going to be hard. It is only going to become more challenging as time goes on, as the pressure increases with more homework, assignments and the anticipation of exams.
It is important to support your children and help them stay motivated. As their parent or guardian, you can do this in a variety of ways. It is vital that you strike a balance between support, and forcing them to complete their work. Children will work very hard in their own ways, and you don’t want to make homework and studying become a chore. Children are more likely to resist in different ways and resent their studying. This can cause a negative impact on their performance in school, and their future prospects. Instead, you need to tailor the right approach for them.
To help your children stay motivated to study, here are some top tips.
#1 Find out what your children need
Every child has different needs when it comes to learning and studying. For some, they might need a clean and quiet workspace to be able to fully concentrate, for others, they may prefer to work in a group setting and require lots of crafts to be able to create visual aids. You won’t know this until you speak to them. In some cases, your children might not even know what they need either. It can therefore be a good idea to work with them to find what does work for them, so you can help them create methods and spaces that keep them motivated to work. They can utilise these practices at home, and also take them into the classroom environment too. When your children can accommodate their own needs, it makes studying much easier and more enjoyable.
#2 Find out what your children struggle with
Children are known to suffer in silence. This can be frustrating for them as they bottle up their feelings, and cause a lack of motivation. It is important to have a conversation with your children to find out what they are struggling with. This can be anything from not understanding the material, not being challenged enough, not getting work that is suited to their learning preferences, anxiety, stress, confidence issues or struggling with one subject.
You can then get them the relevant support, so they can get to the root of their problems and overcome any barriers that are preventing them from performing at their best.
#3 Make a reward system
A reward system can be a great way to reinforce positive behaviour around studying. Depending on what your children enjoy doing, and how old they are, this can be anything from an evening out to the cinema, to getting a place on Madrid student trips. Rewards are a great way to incentivise and motivate your children to study, especially if they are related to their interests and hobbies. It can be effective to find a balance of rewards that are fun, as well as relevant to their future goals.
Studying can be difficult for children of all ages. Follow these top tips to help them stay motivated.
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