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Secrets of motivation for students

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Secrets of motivation for students

Every six-year-old dreams of school, because a student has a special status in society. But when faced with school and homework, the child quickly loses interest. New turns into a routine and causes boredom, homework becomes a continuous punishment and a burden for parents. Children begin to regard learning as an unpleasant responsibility, and no amount of persuasion helps to convince them of the need to acquire new knowledge. A familiar picture, isn't it?

Psychologists say that the main problem in this case is the lack of motivation, which is the key to success. One of the reasons for the child's lack of desire to learn is the incompetence of the parents in this matter. Many of them are convinced that motivation is the responsibility of the school and teacher. However, not every teacher treats his work equally well, so the formation of motivation should fall on the shoulders of parents.

According to psychological and educational research, motivation affects:

  • academic performance
  • desire to learn
  • getting positive emotions from the learning process
  • awareness of the need for education.

Primary grades are the period when the child enters educational activities, during which a focus on achieving specific results and interest in learning is formed. It is important to help your child adapt to school and motivate them to learn.

There are several secrets to motivate students: 

Show concern

Stay in constant contact with your child and take care of his needs.

Don't forget about joint activities

Joint activities will make homework less boring and difficult as it seems at first glance. Gradually, the child will get used to and will cope with the unpleasant work on his own.

Use rewards

Use small rewards that won't feel like a reward, but more like a game. Mark every beautifully written letter and every sentence you read correctly.


Appreciation for success and progress will be a good incentive and help to overcome the fear of failure.

Adjust situations when the child independently finds the correct answer

Children rejoice when they guess the correct answer without prompting. But make the hints subtle.

Add game elements to the educational process

Learning does not mean sitting at a desk and doing standard tasks. During classes with younger students, a game moment must be present. Learning counting and letters is much more effective while walking in the fresh air - for example, reading signs in stores.

Focus on success

Celebrate any academic achievement and give encouragement. Without recognition and success, the desire for further development will not be formed.

It is important for parents to be patient in any situation. The environment during classes should be comfortable, at the slightest hint of irritation it will be difficult for the baby to concentrate on completing tasks. A playful form of classes and a positive attitude will help to acquire the skills that a motivated child has.

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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