Top 10 Strategies to Motivate Your Child to Learn

Top 10 Strategies to Motivate Your Child to Learn


As children grow, they have more responsibility for completing their homework and staying on top of their assignments. While some students are motivated to finish their tasks on time, other students find it difficult to get started. Although it is critical for parents to play an active role in ensuring their child completes homework, it is also critical not to force your child to do it—there is a significant difference between forcing and motivating.

Encouraging your child to find motivation in a positive way is essential for developing long-lasting habits. Forcing your child to do homework can make him or her resent study time, making it much more difficult to achieve self-motivation.

Encouraging child to find motivation in a positive way is essential for developing long-lasting habits. Forcing your child to do homework can make him or her resent study time, making it much more difficult to achieve self-motivation.Dr (Prof) R K Suri, top Clinical Psychologist-India and Parenting Coach,top 10 tips or strategies for motivating children to learn are:

1. Make Study Time More Convenient

Make study time as easy for your child as possible by providing him or her with everything needed to complete the work:

Find a quiet, distraction-free area for your child to study.

Food and drink: It can be difficult for your child to concentrate on work if he or she is hungry. Give your child a light snack and plenty of water before a study session to keep him or her focused.

The proper equipment: Make sure pencils, erasers, calculators, and other necessary tools are easily accessible so that time is not wasted looking for them.

Making certain that your child has everything he or she requires results in less resistance and fewer excuses.

2. Make a study plan.

Structure works well for children, so having a solid study plan in place will help keep your child on track. Create a plan with your child for completing homework each night. Involving your child in the process will keep him or her interested (and more likely to stick to the plan!)

Your strategy should include:

  • When homework is due each day
  • How much time should be devoted to homework?
  • How frequently and for how long should breaks be taken?
  • What activities should be prioritized? (i.e. assignments that are due the soonest)


3. Reduce Stress

If your child is stressed, he or she may struggle to study or even find the motivation to begin in the first place. Spending time with your child and encouraging conversations about thoughts and feelings can help him or her cope with stress.

Make sure your child has enough time to unwind each evening. Discuss stress-relieving activities to do during study breaks or after homework is completed, such as:

  • Taking a walk
  • Music listening
  • Coloring


4. Design a Reward System

Create a reward system with your child so that he or she has something to look forward to once study time is over—this is the key to staying motivated while studying. The rewards can be as simple as watching TV after finishing homework or collecting "points" after each study session to use for something special.


5. Focusing on performance, concentrating on learning.

Instead of focusing solely on grades, celebrate both big and small learning milestones.

This could be when your child solves a difficult math problem or when he or she completes the first draught of an essay. When you shift the focus to learning, your child will find more enjoyment in completing tasks, which will help boost motivation.


6. Encourage your child to set small goals.

Encourage your child to set small, attainable study goals based on the tasks that must be completed. Setting goals provides your child with clear directions for what needs to be done and boosts confidence when these goals are met. Here are some examples of study objectives:

  • Read one of the assigned readings.
  • For twenty minutes, go over your notes.
  • Complete 5 textbook practice questions.


7. Take a Small Study Breaks

Although it may be tempting to complete all homework in one sitting, the brain can lose focus if no breaks are taken (especially for younger students). It is critical to divide study time into manageable chunks in order to keep your child's mind fresh and engaged. During a study session, encourage your child to take appropriate study breaks.

Keep the following suggestions in mind for a productive study break:

  • Use a timer to alert your child when it is time for a break.
  • After about 30 minutes of work, take a break.
  • Maintain 5- to 10-minute breaks.


8. Experiment with Different Techniques

There is no 'one size fits all' solution for studying—every student learns in a slightly different way. If your child is studying using a method that does not correspond to his or her learning style, he or she may become frustrated because grasping the material becomes much more difficult. Experiment with various study methods to see what works best for your child.


9. Encourage Physical Activity

Pent-up energy leads to frustration and makes studying more difficult. Regular exercise improves overall well-being and reduces stress, making it easier to complete homework.

Make sure your child gets plenty of physical activity before studying each day. Even a quick walk around the block during a study break is a great way to get the blood flowing to your child's brain and avoid frustration and burnout.

10. Seeking Professional Help or Online Therapy

Do reach out to a professional clinical psychologist, or child psychologist and have online consultation by booking a session to identify key challenges with your child and yourself.


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Contributed by:- Dr (Prof) R K Suri Clinical Psychologist & Ms. Shikha Thakur, Counselling Psychologist