“But I don’t want to do .” This is a common statement heard around the world every night as parents try to convince their children to complete school assignments. It can be hard to persuade kids to get their work done. Here are some strategies you can use to inspire your kid to work harder in school.
1. Help Them Create a Positive Studying Environment
Healthy studying habits are easier to create when your child is young. Let your child help you design a positive studying space. You can include motivational words or vision boards to keep your child on track with their goals. Other elements of a might include somewhere your child can sit quietly and work. Stock this area with plenty of paper, markers, and other materials to help make learning more fun.
2. Encourage Your Child to Find Balance
Finding balance is something even adults may struggle with. Life is a juggling act. For students, they must find time for extra-curricular activities like clubs and sports, while still getting their homework done and finding time for chores, sleep, and a social life. Teaching your child to budget their time better can drastically improve their efforts. Get a schedule and some highlighters and encourage them to try and plan their week.
3. Put Things in Perspective
School is the stepping stone to the next stage in life. Some students will use their education to gain a scholarship for sports, while others might focus on a specific career. What does your child want to do when they get older? Help them see how school is the stepping stone to the things they want in the future.
4. Reward Effort
Is your child struggling in school because they have trouble with a specific subject? It can be discouraging to be reprimanded by parents when a student is struggling. Instead of focusing on your student’s errors, focus on the effort they put in. Encourage them to keep trying when they fail and for having the gutsiness to try something they do not believe they are good at.
5. Make Learning More Fun
Anything that makes learning more enjoyable for your child can encourage them to work harder. They will see the things they once struggled with as easier and find a new perspective online. One way to make learning more fun is to get other people involved. Encourage your child to have study dates with their friends. You can also try visual or hands-on learning to demonstrate difficult concepts. Pay attention to how your student learns best. Over time, you’ll develop a strategy that works well for both of you to encourage your child to work harder in school.
Not every child is going to be excited to go to school every day. However, by following these tips, your child will be able to and score higher on tests in no time. They will complete assignments more effortlessly and generally do better in school. That is something that benefits you and them.