Some good students aren't born good learners. Yes, individual personality plays a big part in a child's willingness to learn and their overall disposition when it comes to schooling and education, but most students who are good learners at some point had to become good learners. More importantly, any student, who possesses the basic aptitude and receives the right motivation can become a good learner.
One of the biggest mistakes teachers and parents can make when it comes to developing students and children who are good learners is to limit learning to the classroom. While the classroom will likely be the primary source of instruction, intellectual, social, and academic growth should extend outside the walls of the classroom. If you want to really enhance a child's desire and ability to learn.
Below are proven tips and strategies that will motivate your child to learn. Apply them correctly, and you'll see your child or student discover the joy of learning.
CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE OF LEARNING
Some people would argue that reading it the key to success in life. We would most certainly argue that at minimum reading is a key to success in learning. Children who develop a love of reading, develop a love for learning. Children who struggle with reading, struggle with learning.
Reading not only helps children develop a much richer vocabulary, it helps their brain learn how to process concepts and formal communication. And the skills gained from reading extend far beyond increased performance. Students who read well experience an enhanced ability to learn in all subjects, including technical subjects such as math and science.
Help your child develop reading skills and a love for reading by filling his world with reading. Read to your child frequently. Have your child read aloud. Create a family reading time where everyone focuses on reading for 20 minutes a day. Through your own example of reading and by filling your classroom and/or home with reading materials (novels, posters, newspapers, magazines, etc.) you'll create an atmosphere of reading that will demonstrate to your child (or students) just how important reading is.
A key to developing good readers, it is to make reading fun, not frustrating. If a child decides that reading is boring or frustrating, they won't want to read and their ability to learn will be diminished. Let children pick their own books to read, help them read, and create activities for them that make reading fun.
BE FRIENDLY WITH YOUR CHILD
Encourage your child to express his opinion about what's going on with his education. Create an open atmosphere where he feels comfortable expressing his likes, dislikes, or concerns. When he shares his opinion, make sure to validate his feelings, even if you disagree. When children feel like their opinion doesn't matter, or they're stuck, they're likely to disengage from the learning process. Good learners know their opinion matters and feel reassured that they can be open about their educational experience without being judged, put down, discouraged or ignored.
CONCENTRATE ON WHAT YOUR CHILD LOVES MORE
When learning, engage your children in areas and subjects of interest, learning becomes fun and children engage in learning. If you really want to help your child to become a good learner, encourage him to explore topics and subjects that fascinate him. If he likes computers, help him find engaging and interesting books and stories about computers. Then challenge him to identify his five favorite computers and explain why he chose each one.
MAKE EVERYDAY A LEARNING DAY
Turning every day into a learning day may sound like a bit much, but it really isn't, if you go about it the right way. Whenever possible, encourage your child to explore the world around him, ask questions, and make connections. Help him categorize, classify, and thinking critically of what he sees and experiences. Turning every day into a learning day will help your child develop the internal motivation to learn in the classroom, at home, or wherever he may be.
CONCENTRATE ON STRENGTHS
Concentrating on strengths might be difficult when there is so much your child struggles academically. Notwithstanding, focusing on your child's strengths is vital to healthy emotional and academic development and progress. Concentrating on your child's strengths is another form of positive reinforcement that will motivate him to keep learning. Conversely, focusing on your child's weaknesses does nothing but cause discouragement, distress, and a lack of desire to learn. Did Femi fail his math test? Well then, in addition to getting him a little extra help with his math, make sure to congratulate him on how well he's doing in science class.
APPRECIATE AND CELEBRATE ACHIEVEMENTS
No matter how small they may be, it's important to appreciate and celebrate your child's achievements. This is more important for elementary age school children who require constant positive reinforcement to keep them motivated to learn and challenge themselves to do better. We're not suggesting that you praise mediocrity, but that you offer recognition and celebrate your child's achievements. Passing exams deserves a special treat; doing well on a math test could call for a trip to get ice cream. Always use positive reinforcement as your tool to motivate learning with your child.
Sunday 9th of August 2020