Ways to keep your child motivated

20 January 2020

The school term is now in full swing, and hopefully your child has settled in to the normal routine. As the weeks and months progress, however, one perennial issue would be how to keep your child focused and motivated. It’s easy to burn out or simply lose heart, but that could have a disastrous effect if he or she is in a major exam year. Here are some tips to help you keep them on the path to academic success.

1. Get rid of distractions

This would be the most obvious advice, but often the hardest to follow. Distractions can come in many forms – phones, games, friends, or even interference from family members or siblings. It’s important to instil a sense of discipline at home, and to create a conducive environment free from all distractions.

2. Reward them for completing tasks

Delayed gratification is an important life lesson for kids! One example is to restrict their iPad or computer time, and allow it only when homework has been completed. If your child has just started primary school, you could slowly introduce the reward concept by setting the bar low, and positively reinforcing good behaviour with compliments. However, there are two things to watch out for – one is the tendency for kids to rush through the task just to obtain their reward, and the other is going overboard with positive reinforcement. Find the balance that works for you and your child.

3. Break complicated concepts down into bite-sized pieces

Even as adults, it’s easy to get intimidated by something big and complicated. For better understanding, you should help your child take baby steps to tackle the unfamiliar. Once they understand the basic building blocks of the concept, they experience small victories. This builds their confidence, and makes the rest of the process much easier.

4. Make a “boring” and “difficult” subject interesting and fun

We all had our favourite subjects in school, and of course, our least favourite subjects too. When a particular subject seems dry and boring, then students usually won’t be very motivated to give it their best. The truth is, sometimes all it takes is a change in perspective to help create a positive attitude. This can be achieved through interesting teaching aids (for example, hands-on experiments, colourful props, or injecting some humour into the teaching), or relatable examples that help them apply the topic or concept in their lives.

Mathematics seems to be one of the most “difficult” subject students face in school. To get our students excited about learning, our Math teachers engage them through the use of hands-on activities and games. Find out how we use interactive learning tools to make concepts engaging and memorable!

Make a boring and difficult subject interesting and fun

5. Understand, not memorise

Memorising with no understanding is not the way to study, because it taps on short term memory. Come exam time, with so much information to absorb and stress levels increasing, there’s a higher chance of forgetting everything when it really counts. Fully understanding the concept, on the other hand, involves long term memory retention. It’s important to know your child’s learning style, and to teach them in a way that fosters a thorough understanding of the concepts.

At True Learning, our students learn through doing and seeing. Not only are they more engaged in the learning process, they are able to understand the concepts better. For example, what could be more fun than growing beans in a bag while understanding the life cycle of a plant? That’s exactly what we did in our Science classes and our students love it!

Understand, not memorise

6. Study in a group

Group dynamics can have many positive effects if applied in a constructive manner. When children see others working hard and achieving results, they will naturally be motivated to do the same for fear of missing out.

At True Learning Centre, we have small class sizes of 10 students or less. Our active learning approach means that students are engaged in critical thinking, and encouraged to participate through guided discussions. This allows them to bounce ideas off each other, and even teach and motivate each other. After all, one of the best methods of learning reinforcement is to teach the concept to someone else!

Study in a group

7. Ask!

There are no stupid questions; you only get smarter from asking. This will help speed up the process of understanding the topic, rather than trying to figure it out by yourself. The other important aspect is having good teachers who are there to help, teach, and encourage, so that students never feel shy or ashamed about asking questions. True Learning’s teachers are all MOE-trained, and are picked for being patient and willing to go the extra mile to ensure that students are able to grasp difficult topics.

If you are interested to enrol your child with us, feel free to call us at 6708 9382 or visit http://www.truelearning.com.sg to learn more!