Are you a parent struggling to motivate your children to excel in school? Here are a few tips you could consider to get them back on the road to academic excellence.
INSTITUTE A REWARD SYSTEM: Everyone loves to be rewarded for when they do well. Apply this strategy to motivate your children. Promise them something that they have been dying to have. Let them understand they will get the desired item if they are able to maintain a good grade.
DON’T BELITTLE/ SHAME THEIR ACADEMIC EFFORTS: Most parents are guilty of shaming or belittling their children’s academic effort in order to force them into doing better at school. This will only worsen the situation; making them feel inferior or not good enough.
DON’T COMPARE THEM TO OTHER STUDENTS: It is easy to compare your child with other children but no two children are the same. We all learn and understand things differently; it is an error in judgement to compare your child with other students.
HELP THEM FIND THEIR LEARNING STYLE: Everyone has a learning method that suit them best. Some students learn by listening, others learn by watching videos or writing down what they have studied. Help your child find what learning methods suits them best. Here are some learning methods for you to consider.
FOCUS ON WHAT YOUR CHILD IS LEARNING AND NOT THE PERFORMANCE: Instead of asking your child how he did on his math test as soon as he gets home from school, have him teach you what he learned in math today. Focus on what your child is learning, as opposed to how he is performing. Performance is important but it should not be the end goal.
Every student struggles with schoolwork sometimes even the most brilliant ones. Constantly motivating your child to study better is essential to them excelling in school. It is your duty to inspire them to perform better when their morale is down.