One of the most common complaints from parents about their children in relation to their studies is that they just aren’t motivated enough.
We made a video to share some tools with you so that you can help your child become more enthusiastic about their studies.
They feel like they are constantly nagging at their child and having to encourage them through a backlash of complaints and moans. It can feel like they are leading their child’s education rather their child deciding that they want to learn and taking responsibility for it.
Here are 3 tips to help your child become more motivated and do well in their studies:
Keep a Healthy, Positive and Respectful Relationship
You’re child is on their mobile phone, playing video games or not even home yet, they have exams coming up and the list of things they need to do is endless.
The best thing you can possible do in this situation is keep up the positivity, enthusiasm and excitement for what they need to do. You may need to ask them a number of times to do what they need to do but try and keep it fun and creative. This will help future cooperation too.
Think of Rewards…
Sit down with your child and think about which rewards they’d like for doing the things that they need to do. Think of smaller rewards for minor tasks and bigger ones for the major targets. Maybe if they build up enough minor tasks completed that will entitle them to a bigger reward. This makes what they need to do into a game and one they can win at and as a consequence more motivated! Just make sure you stick to what you agree to and you’ll find it a very useful tool!
At the same time have a look at what will happen if they don’t do their revision or homework tasks. What are the penalties? “Ok so if you’re not going to come home straight after school or do your homework, you won’t be allowed out with your friends on Saturday or play with your Xbox over the weekend. Think of things that will discourage them from not taking responsibility for their studies. It might be easier for them just to get their tasks done rather than losing out on the things they really look forward to.
Go over the assignments
Perhaps the reason why your child is not doing their work is because it is genuinely too hard. If their are willing, sit down with them and take a look at their assignment. Try and understand it for yourself, have a look, see if there is some difficult words in their they don’t understand. Ask them what some of those words are. For example, they are studying Biology and you see the word Photosynthesis… Ask them what it means. If they don’t know show them the definition in a text book and a diagram of how it works. Have them explain what they see. Then gather anything they need to be able to answer the question. Even if it’s just talking it through with you. That might be enough to get them going and something you could do regularly with them.
Connect it to Real Life
Find ways to connect what they are studying to real life. I once had a student who was really interested in engines. Even as a young child his mum would find him going underneath objects to see how it was put together. He wasn’t interested in maths but once he found out that maths is one of the key sciences to learn Engineering, that helped to give him more motivation to get through the harder topics.
Create an inspiring Environment
Have a look at the environment that your children are studying in and the environment in your own home. Is it an exciting environment where children are going to feel like they want to study? Put up posters and do activities together at home that encourage learning and show your support for what they are doing at school!
If you need any help with this please let us know! We’ve helped many, many students get motivated and would be happy to have a chat about how to get yours motivated too.
All the best, Natalie x