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Academic Motivation: Confidence Leads to Success
Academic motivation is not innate for all young people. The good news is that parents can help their children further develop their academic motivation and cultivate it towards success.
“Step by step” support will help keep the successes coming: with each success, the child’s confidence will increase a little more, and with it, the motivation to continue.
Academic success has a lot to do with motivation. The more convinced the child is of their ability to succeed, the more they will be motivated to accomplish tasks and do their best.
As a parent, you can inspire your child to cultivate this confidence in their success.
Confidence, a Beautiful Gift
Take two students of equal intelligence: the one with greater confidence in his ability will have a better chance of success than the one who underestimates himself (Bouffard, 2011).
With this in mind, we’d like to share 5 tricks to help your child have confidence in their intelligence:
1- Break up the task
If the task is complex, it is best to divide it up into smaller steps and ensure that each step is within the scope of the child’s abilities.
2- Go back to basics
If the child is having trouble understanding a concept, going back to the basics of the concept can help. After discussing it with the teacher, the parent could, for example, give their child easier exercises that are related to the concept they need to learn.
3- Focus on their strengths
By proposing activities that harness the child’s greatest strengths, they will feel capable and experience success.
4- Use resources
Students with major learning difficulties have a right to certain resources that can help them greatly. It is worthwhile to inquire: these resources can give children the tools they need to help them succeed.
5- Consider outside help
Children can call Alloprof (in French only) teachers when they have homework questions. Alloprof is a customized, free service where teachers take as much time as necessary to properly explain concepts and reassure the children as needed. In some cases, a private tutor can prove to be a useful resource. Tutors offer a customized approach to learning that can work better for some children.
Support at Home for Success at School
Parental encouragement can also help the child become confident in their success. A compliment on their academic efforts will make them feel good. If they feel good, they will be more inclined to keep working at learning.
Here are some examples of parental encouragement and positive reinforcement that will help children flourish:
Encourage… just enough
Give them some encouragement when they earn it. Don’t encourage too often, too rarely, or with too much intensity: just be sincere.
Recognize their progress
Help them recognize their progress, their efforts, their successes and their strengths.
Be a supportive presence during homework time: “I’m here to help if you need me.”
Listen and guide
Listen to the child and guide them without telling them what to do. Is your child complaining about school? There is nothing wrong with acknowledging the negative aspects of school, as long as you highlight the positives in order to encourage the child.
Place more value on effort than on success.
Recognize their abilities
Adapt your expectations to the child’s abilities.
In short, remember that parental availability and presence in the child’s school life can have a positive impact on their motivation. Parents participating in parent meetings, school activities, and being positively involved in their child’s school career are all concrete actions that show the child the importance of education as a family value.
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