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How to motivate your child to study

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What is motivation? Motivation can be understood as a set of processes. These processors are involved in the activation, direction, and persistence of people’s behaviour. Therefore, it encourages people to act or do something in a certain way. In this sense, motivation seems to be that it can affect people’s way of thinking, therefore, each motivational orientation can cause different consequences in people’s learning.

Academic performance and motivation are two well-differentiated concepts. However, at the same time, they are closely related. For this reason, we must motivate children to study, so that they can achieve the best of themselves and obtain good school performance.

Also, today, having good study skills leads to better qualifications which infer to having more job opportunities. This is why both parents and teachers worry about their students so much because it affects the future of all children. To learn more about how to motivate your child in their studies, read on.

Teenage girl sitting in Front of Macbook, head in hands surrounded by study materials.
Learning can be frustrating when there is no motivation to do so.

How to motivate your child

Intrinsic motivation

On the one hand, intrinsic motivation is characterized by leading people to act for themselves. To feel satisfied by the simple fact of working as they propose. Therefore, its origin does not depend on outside forces since individuals do not need to respond to external incentives. The motivation is found in the person themselves. The person starts when they consider it best to and when they feel like it, or they want to. In addition, it should be noted that this motivation is not used as a means to achieve other goals. It is used out of satisfaction and desire, as when it comes to vocational work.

Making sure that you praise your child often for good study skills will help aid the child’s internal urge to want to do a good job. So, if you see your child meeting deadlines, highlight how good this is. If you see them making revision cards, tell them how great they are doing. 

Extrinsic motivation

On the other hand, extrinsic motivation is that motivation that leads people to act in a certain way to satisfy other reasons that are not related to the activity itself. For example, studying to achieve an A in Math not to become a mathematician but because it will lead to getting a place on a chosen college course.

Its origin is outside the person; therefore, the surroundings and the motivation provoked in people is given by external stimuli. The way people talk to us, the opportunities we have, and our environment. In this case, people use motivation to achieve other goals that are not related to the actions that motivation leads them to perform. Students even today can still set their plans, even with Covid-19. There are plenty of ways to motivate them this way. For example, UK study tours are beneficial. 


The second aspect to take into account is expectations. Looking at the perceptions and beliefs that children have about their ability to study. For this reason, we must foster children’s capacity for self-knowledge. We must propose other points of view to them, to ensure that they consider their expectations and capabilities for study as something possible. For this reason, to motivate your child to study, it is also very important to show your support. 

Be sure to help them realise that there is a huge world out there and that the future is bright for them. Whether they want to study law or medicine or even the arts, the options are endless, and the motivation is strong.

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