Want to improve your child’s motivation to study? Discover these 30 sure-win ways on how to make them do their best for the approaching primary school mid year examinations.
Parents know this: asking your child to study on their own is the worst nightmare.
Some parents leave it up to the school to achieve that goal, some choose a private tutor to improve their grades, some give up entirely, and some continue to make an effort.
What’s stopping students from studying?
“You become what you study.” Robert T.Kiyosaki
We all know studying isn’t fun, but kids take a step further to avoid it like a plague.
Studying is hard enough in itself.
And when students feel pressured by the need to study, that can only have a negative impact to the stress level of students surrounded by these illogical aspirations of having perfect A’s.
There are a few reasons why students aren’t studying. Take the long hours in school for example, some school hours are so long that lunch hour are delayed until 3pm.
When kids spend lengthy time in school, it’s only natural they shun anything related to school when they’re home, and it comes without a tinge of guilt.
Kids studying on their own after school is a seemingly unrealistic goal that can leave parents feeling frustrated. How are parents supposed to push them further to study? Is it better to let my child relax after such stressful hours in school?
While kids don’t particularly relish doing homework, and if they’re bombarded with chunks of boredom, it’s just going to make things worse. And here’s when we need to do something inspiring and fresh.
We’ll do parents a favor by providing 30 different ways to motivate students to study.
30 ways to get kids motivated to study
Investigate. If they are not studying, you need to know why. This is the very first step parents should take if your child isn’t motivated to study. To tackle the problem, you need to know the problem. When you know the problem, you can have a solution.
Ask them to teach. A study shows that explaining helps the explainer understands the concept better. That’s why Offspring by Lifehacker suggests letting them pretend they’re on a YouTube show to help them study. It’s to change their role from a student to an instructor preparing a lesson.
Dress like a superhero. Not you, but your kid. Your kid dressing up as their fave superhero improves their perseverance. So the science to it is to distant them mentally from difficult tasks, and to identify the superhero’s positive qualities.
Work with your child’s tutor. This applies to kids with extra guidance. Having professional help is unusually useful to develop an effective study plan for your kid. An experienced tutor knows what’s best for your kid.
Be creative. We emphasize that enrichment activities are as important as home tuition. These activities help kids manage themselves and set learning in motion. Your child doesn’t need to bend over backwards to do things they’re not interested in. Anything works: music, arts, volunteer, etc.
Let them play games. For a start, all kids love games. And they’re more than eager to participate in anything involving ‘play’. Learning games like crossword puzzles, Rubik’s cube, Scrabble, and brain teasers are some that primary school students will probably love.
“Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.” Frank Ocean
Do homework. If studying on their own is too much to ask for, make them do homework. They’ll at least try to do it since it’s obligatory. And doing homework can definitely help for subjects like math by improving your child’s thinking and memory, learning beyond the scope of class, and reinforcing concepts and skills.
Find out how they find their worth. Every kid has got what they think is worthy of them. Find out what that is and act on that. It could be the satisfaction of getting A’s, acknowledgement of their efforts, or just so they can get rewarded with what they’ve always wanted.
Set a rewarding system. Speaking of rewards, we’re not encouraging parents to depend on the rewarding system. And it’s especially essential to make sure the rewards are constructive. Rather than screen-time or money, play-time, a weekend getaway, or even a great meal are ideal alternatives.
Set goals. Setting goals is always important. List down both your and your kid’s target and find a balance in between. Track progress with a chart as a visual documentation, so you can go back and review, then make changes if possible.
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” Tony Robbins
Get nice stationery. Everybody like new things. Owning brand new pens, pencils or notebooks can be delightful. Get new ones in bulk so you can always have some in handy when necessary.
Designate learning timetable and area. Speaking of which, once you learn of their best learning time, establish a timetable and see that they adhere to it. Keeping kids relaxed during studying is crucial, but discipline and routine is just as vital.
Have a change of scene. Take comfort in knowing that a change of study environment can also be positive. Study shows that changing up study spaces gives better recall. We’re blessed with countless public libraries—make good use of that. Or bring reading materials when going for a picnic or Sunday brunch.
Identify their learning styles. Whether it’s visual, aural/auditory, reading/writing or kinesthetic learning styles, there are preferred and to-be-avoided ways to learn.
Know their learning time. Are they more refreshed after a short nap? Do they focus better before or after dinner? Are they one step ahead of themselves in the morning? Take note of their best learning time for effective learning.
Set a study timetable for yourself. Yes, parents do need to study too! Instead of watching television shows while your kid’s doing grunt work. why not do it with them? By doing so, you’re setting the mood right for concentration and learning. And you get to surpass yourself ever since school days!
Be a good example. If you heed our previous advice, keep it going. Don’t give up halfway. Want them to be better at languages? Speak properly. Children are imitators. They do what they watch adults do.
“You may see me struggle but you will never see me quit.” Unknown
Set questions. Set a couple of open-ended questions focused on the topic’s crux—it’ll guide them in the right direction. You can even put these questions and answers on flashcards for future use. If this is beyond your means, engage a professional private educator who’s more familiar with school syllabus.
Jot down notes. Taking down notes is a huge part of studying. But they need to know they’re doing it right. Have them write down 5 (or more) significant points on the topic that they’re studying.
Ditch the books. Once in a while, learn out of the box. Learning doesn’t always have to involve books. We talked about how kids can learn science by other means such as watching science videos. Consider using online resources like games and educational YouTube videos to engage your kids.
Break studying time into smaller bits. Long hours before the desk hardly doing any good? Pace the studying time into small chunks, and then reward your kid after each one. Whether it’s a piece of candy or a Youtube video, whatever floats their boat.
Set alarm. No matter the amount of chunks they have for the day, strictly sprinkle in breaks from time to time. Encouraging them to take a break shines a light on the importance of balance between rest and work.
Don’t nag at them. Incessant nagging will only turn them off more at something they are already disliking. Your kids will end up frustrated and cranky with your nagging, leading them to turn back on studying entirely.
Minimize distractions. Turn off the television when study time is on, and put away any gaming consoles. No YouTube, no games, no television. When needed, turn off the Wi-Fi altogether.
Consider hiring a tutor. Is a tutor really necessary for a primary school kid? It might be. Not every student needs a tutor, but a good educator can lend a hand to supervision, fix certain rules and set studying timetable.
Let him mingle. Whether it’s their classmates, friends, or even your friends, expanding their social circles does great things to your kid. They’re not going to lose out on picking up positive qualities like determination and resilience.
Get them new learning materials. Particularly if it’s regarding the subject or topic they’re interested in. Even if it’s not strictly academic, it’s fine. Any chance to learn is a chance to learn.
“Don’t look back and think “I could’ve done better.” Unknown
Talk to your kids. By talking we mean to take every opportunity you have to stimulate learning. For instance, if you’re taking them for a picnic, talk about the plants. Reading to him at night? Help him with his English.
Let them sleep. Sleep shouldn’t be negotiated. Don’t let your kid be the one who sleeps at 12am. Every night and wake up at 5am every morning. 9 to 11 hours—that’s how much sleep your primary school kid needs. It’s a priority for kids, for their grades, and for their health. Plus, having enough sleep can make one smarter and boost kids grades.
Use music. Listening to songs with a huge emphasis on rhythm in the background while they’re studying may help some kids learn better. For others, here are some best music for productivity. Or even, create a song on your own to memorize necessary things like the multiplication table.