How to Motivate A Child to Study at School

Jan 19, 2022 | Blog

The start of a new session comes with excitement and many possibilities for school children. For new students, the first term of school lays the foundation for their academic pursuits and can set the tone for the rest of their time in school. For returning students, a new term offers a fresh start and another opportunity to meet their academic goals and perform excellently. Both sets of students will require fresh desire for the year ahead. In this post, we will talk about the conditions required to motivate a child to study.

At EduIS, we’re committed to empowering educators and students alike, equipping them with the tools they need to succeed. Our school management system simplifies school administration, makes learning fun and engaging and keeps parents informed of their child’s progress and well-being. 

While teachers play a big role in helping your child succeed at school, the key lies in your hands as a parent. Many factors will impact your child’s performance in school including their well-being, core values and aspirations—all of which rely on parental influence and involvement. Let’s take a look at some factors that can increase your child’s chances of excelling academically. 

A Reading Habit

Research shows that reading to young children has amazing benefits. Reading creates neural pathways that improve their cognitive skills, emotional development and fluency with language. Furthermore, children who form a reading habit early in life grow up to be more successful. Evidently, a child who loves reading is likely to succeed in school. 

You can encourage this habit by mirroring it yourself. Read to and with your child. Choose themes that they find interesting and discuss the reading material once they’ve reached the end. It’s a great way to bond over shared or new interests and develop a love for learning.

A Healthy Home Environment

Computer science uses the term “garbage in, garbage out” to describe how poor quality inputs can lead to undesirable outcomes. Similarly, the reverse is true, especially with regard to the cognitive development of a child—and humans in general. Consequently, a healthy home is likely to produce a high-performing child. 

Children in a positive home environment are properly nourished, encouraged to speak up for themselves, corrected when they make mistakes and praised for good behaviour. These form the backbone of a well-adjusted child.

With these factors in mind, here’s a look at how you can help your child improve their academic performance and be a good student. 

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Create an Action Plan

It’s not too early to expose your child to the practice of planning and setting goals. A solid plan of action precedes any great success, whether in a commercial enterprise or academic pursuits. Work with your child to set a number of achievable, time-bound goals. Your plan doesn’t necessarily have to be tied to specific grades. A target like “I will score an A in at least five subjects” is not only broad, but can also put a lot of pressure on your child. Go for more specific objectives, such as “I will dedicate two hours to studying my class notes everyday” or “I will add three new words to my vocabulary each week.”

Here’s a list of study plan templates you can use and tailor to your child’s needs.

Create a study plan for your child

Identify Your Child’s Strengths and Weaknesses 

Every child approaches learning in a different way. As a parent, it’s up to you to help them maximise their strong points and compensate where it’s needed. Ask yourself a number of questions: what study techniques is your child most comfortable with? Are they a visual learner? Are they an “all-rounder” or do they only excel in certain subjects? With the answers to these and other important questions, you’ll be better equipped to help your child succeed academically. Online tools like this quiz will identify how your child approaches various life scenarios and help you understand the type of learner they are.

Review the Curriculum of your Child

Schools follow a learning curriculum, which guides the educational process by standardising teaching practices, documenting recommended learning outcomes, and recommending methods of assessment. As a parent, it’s important that you’re aware of what the curriculum specifies, especially regarding learning outcomes, which can be useful for evaluating how your child is doing at school. 

If your child’s school uses an education management platform, you can access information about the curriculum on your dashboard. Otherwise, you can probably request it from school management. Go over the curriculum at the beginning of the term, and at key points during the academic session. Doing so will ensure that you can make informed decisions about your child’s education and effectively evaluate their progress.

Stay In Touch With Teaching Staff

Success is usually a team effort, and where children are concerned, it often takes a village. You need the support of qualified teachers to help your children succeed academically. Inform them of your child’s academic goals and work together to achieve those goals. 

Participate in PTA events organised by the school and take the opportunity to find out what your child has been up to. If your child’s teacher leaves notes when they grade assessments, go through those notes. Ask for clarification and give them feedback, where necessary. 

Every child is born different, but each one of them will have a fair chance at academic success if they have the support of their teachers, as well as their parents and other loved ones. With the right motivation and a conducive learning environment, your child can achieve academic success. And thanks to EduIs‘ all-in-one solution, you can monitor your child’s progress effortlessly. Contact us today for information on how to get started.