Every child is lazy! There’s no child who has self- will to learn until he or she is motivated.
The early you start to encourage children to study, the better they develop interests in it.
The quest for knowledge can then be their motivation, and wisdom would be the reward of their learning.
If you don’t know this before now and your child usually shies away from studying at home, you can help the ugly situation.
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How can I motivate my child to learn in the long term?
There are diverse ways you can motivate your children. You can even reinforce them by offering punishment when they fail to learn.
There’s no one size fits all but I’d like to discuss some of the points raised by education psychologists during Techpally annual conference.
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Parental Tips to Motivate Children to Learn
As a parent, there is much to do to help to learn children.
There are fundamental factors that aid learning or discourage it and here are some of them.
1. Create a Good Learning Environment
When people feel good, they are more motivated to learn new things and do things.
You don’t expect children to study hard in an environment that’s noisy most times.
You should also ensure their room is not too cold or too warm during winter or summer respectively.
Being children, you should also make them feel good to encourage them to learn.
Get the day off to a good start by setting aside time together for a delicious and healthy breakfast, TechPally boss advised.
That makes you fit. Eating healthy at school, getting enough sleep and exercise, a tidy workplace, and a quiet study environment helps you stay focused.
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2. Find the Right Incentives
When it comes to using incentives to motivate learning, you need to set reasonable tasks/objectives/goals and offer befitting incentives.
Personally, I often emphasize the reward of interest. You need to offer rewards that the children would be very much interested in.
It must be something they dream to get, not just want they need, but what they really want.
Set goals that your child finds so great that they can motivate themselves to learn.
“Anyone good at biology has the chance to become a veterinarian.”
And a future language holiday may convince your child that learning vocabulary is not so boring after all.
3. Don’t make School the Main Place for Learning
It’s common to see children being serious art school only, and when they get home, they feel it’s now time for fun.
Encourage them to study at home too and of course, it should also be the haven in which the kids can relax and recover from the school stress.
If your child feels stressed, what they need above all is a distraction and pleasant experiences.
Are you worried or want to find out more about your child’s everyday school life? Showing interest in it is always good.
It’s best to ask at a good moment, healthpally advised.
If direct questions do not elicit much from your child, you can also try to steer the conversation towards the beautiful things of everyday school life, such as sports, breaks, a particularly beloved subject, or friends.
When children talk about positive experiences, sometimes the not so great gushes out too.
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4. Breath deeply once, twice. At least!
What does breathing have to do with motivating children to learn better? You ask right?
It is very important to have enough breaks between learning units, preferably before your head starts to hum.
A little exercise like walking around the house or garden, taking water, swimming or playing games can help.
Even as an adult, when I work for an hour in front of my computer, i always stop working around the garden to feel nature.
I take a fresh breeze, see beautiful things, and get relaxed in the process.
I also like to play games on my phones to listen to interesting music just to relax the brain.
Doing this as a student, it will help to get the things you’ve learned stored in your memory, says healthpally boss.
If there is still enough time for friends and hobbies, the school-life balance is right – and the motivation to learn increases.
As a parent or guardian, you should not leave the teaching responsibility to the teachers only.
You should encourage and motivate children to study and learn new things.
Once you start this, they will grow to develop personal interests.
Self-motivation is the key to learning and performing excellently but there are always triggers for this willingness, be the trigger, their teachers won’t.