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Is Your Child Showing Reluctance to Learn? See 7 Ways to Change That (Part Two)

Is Your Child Showing Reluctance to Learn? See 7 Ways to Change That (Part Two)

Whether it’s a child with mood swings or one who would do anything all the time to opt out of a learning situation, we all have come across children who at one point or the other, shown reluctance to learn. Here are a few tried and tested tips to help motivate your child. Learn them and teach your child’s caregivers to help you all manage your child better.

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4. Play-way Learning

It’s important that you employ the play-way method in teaching your child. Audio-visuals, toys, visits, hands-on practical learning, et al, are all very necessary in motivating a child to learn. We decry the ancient lecture method; it’s totally not an option for children if you’re desperate for positive results.

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5. Reward System

By all means, use lots of praise, high fives, you name it. You can fashion out your own system of reward using your child’s latest interests, and please do not delay rewards as this can water down their impact. We discourage punishment so that the child does not associate learning with anything negative. However, you can reward a sibling, for instance, for a good deed, instead of Junior just to get his attention.

6. Striking A Pleasant Chord

A teacher who looks, smells or sounds like mummy is sure to strike a pleasant chord already with a child. It may just be that the teacher is pretty, friendly, has a good sense of humour or wears a nice cologne. It could also be that the teacher brings back a certain nice memory to the child. Whatever strikes such a chord will be effective towards motivating a reluctant learner. Keep this in mind when hiring home tutors.

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7. Environmental Factors

Always ensure that the learning environment is child friendly. It mustn’t be plain and devoid of colour and warmth. Sometimes, it pays to let the child bring in some favourite, familiar objects to make the environment less ‘cold’ and appealing to the learner.

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In all, make ‘patience’ and ‘creativity’ your watchwords on this worthwhile path to motivating your reluctant learner. As your child grows, and begins to enjoy learning for the sake of it, his dependence on these factors will start to dwindle as he becomes more independent as a learner. Then again, he may also have learnt for himself, what it is that motivates him, and begin to make provision for them by himself.

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