Some children are excited about school and have an inherent desire to gain information, read, and/or study. Others are more curious about the practical application of concepts or the hands-on, kinesthetic approach.
It’s important to remember, first and foremost, that there is no ‘right’ way to learn.
However, if your child is not a natural studier, then it’s important to instill and encourage positive habits to support academics. Here are a few ways to motivate your child to study.
Understand Your Child’s ‘Blocks’
Your child may not be motivated when it comes to studying, and in some ways, this is normal. Studying can come with a myriad of barriers: lack of understanding the concepts, confusion around what to study, or inability to self-direct and organize information intentionally.
It’s important that you, as the parent, understand your child’s needs and potential blocks. If you can find the root of the issue, then this will help your child understand and communicate his/her needs and overcome barriers.
If you can sit and talk with them, then this will help you and them to reach a level of understanding. Whether they want to go to college, focus on a particular career path, or pursue a trade, your support will help them determine and move forward towards their long-term goals.
Support Positive Study Habits
As a parent or guardian, you play a direct role in making your child’s studying experience easier and less stressful. In order to achieve a positive experience, here are a few tips:
- Create an area in your home (or your child’s room) where they are able to effectively complete work with minimal distractions.
- Ensure that your child has a snack/water and uses the bathroom before starting to minimize disruptions to learning.
- Gather, support, or simply check for all necessary materials and supplies (including writing utensils, etc.) to encourage preparedness.
- Provide a structure that includes breaks for mental reset.
Create A Study Plan
Children tend to do well when they have structure. If you have a good study plan, then this will keep your child on track! If possible, sit down with your child and create this framework together. This stability and consistency will build a routine and motivate your child to study.
If you can work with your child and if you can help them to be motivated, then this will help you to give them the support they need. Also, keep in mind that sometimes parents must be parents and it’s best for your family dynamic to hire a tutor to support learning. This doesn’t mean you’re incapable as a parent-it means that you’re intentionally outsourcing to an expert so that you can spend more quality (and fun!) time with your child.
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