While you know that exercising is healthy, you might not always engage into it for various reasons. The same happens to your students when it comes to studying, they know it is important for them, but they are not always willing to do it. Here are a few guiding steps for you to help them succeed:
Work on the Attitude
If you student rates any intellectual activity as boring, you should try to see through their perspective. For example, if you usually try to make tasks fun and entertaining, your students might have expectations that will not be fulfilled at school. You have to help your students identify why they find studying hard, but also the things that they enjoy and would like to get more information about. This way you can see when to get involved more and when to let your students organize the activities by themselves.
Constant and efficient communication is no easy thing even between adults, but you have to do your best with your students when you teach them responsibility. Try to set rules together and make relaxing time a consequence of work time. What is more, if you want to really boost up motivation, make school subjects relevant showing their utility with examples from everyday life.
Another important aspect is to encourage them after each failure and make them understand that mistakes are important steps in becoming successful.
Organize a Study Area
Set up a cozy and quiet study corner for your students. A comfortable desk and the right amount of light are also important but do not neglect to remove distractions like computers, smartphones, iPads. Install a protection tool if they need the Internet while doing homework to keep them safe and monitor their activity. To improve their efficiency you should also teach them how to study and organize their own schedule.
Students will tend to postpone, cram everything last minute and, at the end, cheat on their homework. These habits will stick with them if you do not provide solutions.
Use Playing as a Learning Tool
Turn your supervising into a creative process. You can start by making a colorful organizer for everyday tasks, to prioritize projects, homework and also plan pastime activities. Draw maps for geography lessons, but also maps to show the evolution of your kid in learning a subject.
Create short stories with historical characters. Play scrabble, hangman, chess or dress in funny T-shirts and do not avoid computer games, there are even some designed to help children learn the principles of coding from a young age. Try to make a game of any task your kid finds hard to complete and you will also develop their creativity and solution thinking skills. Try to get involved as a guide in your students’ learning process and not as a supervisor. Your role is to show them the best opportunities and offer solutions for problems, but do not forget you need to teach them how to be responsible and independent. Parents are the first and most important teachers and even if we can not teach our kids the actual subjects, we can teach them how to learn and perform well at school.