It can be a challenging task to motivate a child to study.
Nonetheless, many, if not all, parents and teachers will find this is the
utmost important task to prepare the child for success in life. As a teacher, I
decided to find the ways to motivate a child to study that can be used by both
parents and teachers.
How to motivate a child to study? Motivating a child to study requires you to be aware of the many
details involved in your interaction with the child. Through awareness of these
details, you will be better able to modify your interaction with the child in a
way that will motivate the child to study.
As you can see, there is no one magic bullet that can be
used to motivate a child. But, do not fret! There are a few details and advices
you can take note of that can help you motivate a child to study. We will cover
them in the rest of this article.
Factors That Affect A Child’s Motivation To Study
To understand how we can motivate a child to study, we will
need to understand the factors influencing a child’s motivation. By
understanding these factors that influence a child’s motivation will we be able
to identify and plan approaches to improve the child’s motivation. Also, these
factors are not limited to motivating a child to study, and can be used in
other areas of the child development.
In brief, here are the factors:
The relationships that a child have will be an influence on
the child’s motivation. This means that a child’s motivation can be affected by
the surrounding friends, family members and you.
The difficulty of a task will determine the amount of effort
a child needs to put in. If a task is too difficult, and requires too much
effort beyond what a child is capable or willing to commit, this can become
de-motivational. Adjusting a task’s difficulty to suit the child first, and
progressively increase its difficult, will more likely maintain the child’s
Depending on your child’s goals, there will be varying
levels of motivation. Like us, if something is not part of our goal, we will not
be motivated, and will reluctantly do it. Thus, if studying is not a goal of
your child, it can be extremely difficult to motivate your child.
Coaxing your child to consider study as a goal is possible. Though,
it would not be easy. Working on motivating a child with study as a goal will
always be easier.
Previous success in any area of study can provide your child
with higher confidence than average. A child confident in studying will be more
motivated to study.
Actionable Steps To Motivate A Child To Study
Let Your Child Learn From Failure
When your child faces failure, you should not discourage your
child. If your child is further discourage, this can cause your child’s
motivation to drop. Your child might become less interested in the failed
activity in future.
It is best to bring across that failure is a common part of
life, but we need to identify where went wrong and improve from the failure. On
top of that, you should assist your child in learning from the failure.
Through your positive actions when dealing with your child’s
failure, you can provide a motivational framework for your child. Doing so will
turn the failure into a motivational opportunity for your child.
Encourage Voicing Of Opinions On Study
Asking a child to study or do the homework might not be the
most motivational approach. Your child will be more motivated if you allow your
child to voice any opinions.
This way, you make the choice of study into a dialogue
rather than a command. By encouraging your child to voice out opinions, like a
dialogue, your child will feel more involved in studying. Thereby, your child
will become much more motivated to study.
Additionally, from your child’s opinions, you can understand
the reasons holding your child from being interested in studying. The information
can help you to further formulate strategies to motivate your child.
Identify Their Strengths And Encourage Them To Pursue Their Interests
Working along your child’s academic strength is a great approach to motivate your child to study. This is also easier to motivate. Since your child is already good at it, your child will likely be interested as well.
Success from your child’s academic strength by itself can
already be a very positive motivation. It will be easier to work on motivating
your child from this scenario.
You can try using this positive motivation to encourage your
child to attempt a related study topic that your child is less interested. You
will need to phrase it such that your child can understand that his success in
an area can be brought across to another area.
Create A Motivational Study Environment
Not all motivational work on your child interest to study
has to come from your interaction with your child. Other passive approach can
also be used to motivate your child to study.
One such passive approach is the use of your child study environment.
For parents, this can be your child’s study room. As for teachers, this can be the
Your goal is to fill the environment with mental cues of
studying and learning. This can be the use of fictional and non-fictional books
placed in the study room to cultivate a habit of reading. You can also add
educational poster on the wall to stimulate your child’s mind.
Recognize Your Child’s Efforts
Your child is young, it might be difficult for your child to
understand the significance of some achievements. You should praise your child
effort in reaching the achievement.
Providing positive encouragement can help to motivate your
child to achieve more.
Set Realistic Goals
As explained above, the goals of your child will determine
the level of motivation. Here, we will elaborate further that the goal your
child has needs to be realistic, or else it can affect your child’s motivation.
An unrealistic goal cannot be achieve. When your child
realize that the unrealistic goal your child has been working on cannot be reached,
it will deal a blow to your child’s motivation.
Help your child to set realistic study goal that can be
achieve. Do not worry if the realistic goal is simple to achieve. This is where
you will play an active role. Constantly check in with your child on the goals
decided, and progressively adjust the difficulty of the goal.
Begin today by evaluating with your child the list of study
goals. Which goals are realistic or unrealistic?
Build Up Their Confidence
Encourage, help and make the environment safe for your child
to tackle difficult study assignment. This will make it comfortable for your
child to feel more confident in taking up a challenge.
Your words matter greatly to your child. Avoid using
patronizing words to brush off your child. Your child will be able to pick up
on your lack of interest, and become less motivated, as well.
You can try to use the “When you…” rule to motivate your
child. Begin your sentence with “When you” to highlight the potential rewards
that your child can get when completing a task. This phrasing can be effective
to put across a reward to motivate your child to study.
Constantly Communicate And Involve Your Child
Giving your child the adequate attention is vital. It can
help to motivate your child greatly. This happens, as your child can feel the
commitment from you. Knowing that you are always around to help can be
extremely reassuring to your child.
Within the attention given, you should communicate with your
child about the importance of study and the issues that are faced by your
child. Understand your child’s study situation, as it can help you to learn of
and remove barriers that keep your child’s motivation in study low.
Involve your child in critical decision making. This can be on
selecting the school to attend. Having your child involved in the decision can
help to motivate your child to study in unexpected ways.
For example, your child might prefer a school further away, as
most of your child’s friends are attending that school. When making the decision
on your child’s school, with your child’s involvement, you will know to choose
the less obvious school that is further away. As an outcome of sending your
child to that school, your child is surround with your child’s friends. Your
child enjoys going to school more. And, your child becomes more motivated to
study among friends.
Studying is about acquiring knowledge. There is no better way
to acquire knowledge than being excited about learning.
You can motivate your child to study more by phrasing study
topics in more interesting way. Consider relating study topics to real-life
situation that can be understood more easily by your child.
Bringing your child on a day trip to science museum or any
educational events can be an engaging way to excite and motivate.
General Advice On Motivating A Child
In general, when motivating a child, you should always take
an interest in the child. Help the child to set realistic goals. As your child
is working towards the goal, be encouraging and positive. Never forget to
always excite your child, it is the best way you can motivate your child.
There are many ways you can motivate a child to study.
Putting a few into practice should help you to get your child motivated. However,
even with all the mentioned actionable advices, the key to motivating your
child lies within the effort and time spent to understand your child. Only
through understanding your child will you be able to make meaningful approach
How to motivate a
child in sports?
- Let the child pick the sport
- Play the sport with the child
- Praise the child improvement in the sport
- Make the sport a family event
What is the role of
parents in a child’s life? Parents are there to provide a child with
physical and emotional support. These early supports are very important to a
child healthy development. It allows a child to learn, develop, and pick up the
necessary life skills in a safe and supportive environment.