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How to Keep Your Student Motivated for School

With the beginning of the school year just barely behind us and the rest of the school year to look forward to, some kids may find it difficult to find motivation to focus on school and school related work. This is a common occurrence in students and something that can be easily managed by teachers and parents. Here are ways Tutor Doctor of Tulsa recommends to increase motivation in your students:

Encourage a Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset is a phenomenon that was discovered by education researcher Carol Dweck. It states that a student’s success is based off of how they perceive their abilities. Many students are plagued by the belief that intelligence is a fixed trait and that nothing can be done to change it. This is disheartening for students and it has been proven to decrease motivation for learning more in school. Try encouraging your child to have a growth mindset. Encourage them to learn from their failures and believe that they can succeed in whatever they do. This will help them engage more in their school related work and in turn, see more success in their work.

Communicate About School Related Work

Take the time each day to ask your child about their day at school and what they learned. Ask them if they struggled with anything in particular and figure out a way to make that particular situation better. Communicate with their teacher if you feel that there is something your student needs extra help with. By simply showing your student how much you care about their school-related work and

Plan Fun Activities

Planning fun activities gives your student something to look forward to. It can be as simple as planning as having pizza every Friday night or letting your child have a cookie after they’ve finished their homework for the night. It can be fun for everyone in your household and motivates your student to dedicate time to their school work.

Praise Accomplishments

It is so important to praise the accomplishments of your children! It has the potential to change a student’s academic and/or behavior performance. Praise indicates approval and encourages the student to try hard next time they are trying to achieve a goal.