How do I make my son study?

Many parents try to continue their children’s studies at the school stage, especially the primary stage because it is the foundation stage, so they resort to helping them study. Studying is known as a type of intended learning, which aims to understand the study material, and then memorize it for retrieval with high efficiency. Studying is based on a set of methods and methods that are used to prepare lessons and duties in addition to preparing for exams, [1] but some find it difficult to convince a child to study, especially with the presence of many distractions in our time, so he follows methods from which he may only gain more stubbornness and distance from Study, so it is necessary to know the correct methods that are followed with children to encourage them to study.

Helping children study

It is possible to help children in studying, overcome their inhibitions, and raise their performance and academic achievement, by organizing a set of memory habits for children , which are considered daily behavior used in study, based on a number of different methods, strategies and methods that are used in daily recall or recall For the exam, [2] the following is a set of tips to help children study:

psychological methods

The psychological factor plays a pivotal role in the study process, so it is necessary to pay attention to a set of points that parents can follow to improve the study of their children:

  • Encouragement and support: Children are affected by words of encouragement for any efforts they make in studying, which makes them want to regularly do that thing for which they have been praised. Verbal support can also be given to them in the subjects that they find difficult to study, such as making it clear that it is difficult but that they can succeed in it.
  • Reducing criticism: Parents express their distress when they find their children failing in their studies, and this appears either verbally or through facial expressions. All these criticisms negatively affect the child, and lead to feelings of frustration and lack of interest in studying. Instead of criticism, it is better to make suggestions for improving studying.
  • Providing incentives: Studying is usually not fun for children. If a reward is assigned to them related to their academic achievement, such as watching TV, getting a gift or playing a game they love, this motivates them and helps them to abide by the duties required of them to complete.
  • Define a specific routine: By setting a specific time for studying, the child will have rested from school, so that he turns off the television and creates an atmosphere of calm in which each member of the family engages in a specific educational activity such as reading. A set of study places can be identified so that the child becomes attached to a study routine, making it easier for him to study.
  • Understand the importance of a break: children cannot study for more than 10-15 minutes – which may vary according to age – after which they lose their focus. It is necessary to give them a rest to roam around, and to offer them something of food and drink.

Teaching Aids

Parents practice the process of studying by memorizing the information and repeating it several times in order to memorize it. This method is often ineffective and may lead to memorizing the information without understanding it, or forgetting it after using it. Also, this method causes rapid boredom in children and reduces their desire to study. Therefore, it is necessary to follow an entertaining way to motivate the child to study. There are different types of children in terms of the means that motivate them to study. Some of them learn by listening, visually, or kinesthetically, and all of these methods can be combined together.

  • Learn to listen: When a child is better able to acquire and understand information through listening, he has a listening tendency. Some methods can be followed to help him and motivate him to study, including:
    • Record the child to read and listen to with parents for review.
    • Use songs, rhymes, and associative words to help him memorize.
    • Find records of approved textbooks, so that he can listen to them.
    • Teaching him how to talk to himself as a way to solve problems in different fields.
  • Visual learning: Some children are motivated to study when more pictures, colors and different visual elements are added. These methods can be used to encourage the child to study:
    • Use different colors to take notes, or write key concepts, and color important sentences.
    • Draw his attention to the pictures presented in the book before starting to read it, and add pictures to his imagination; In order to help him understand the information and link it to these images.
    • Make a wall for studying, so that every week he draws a poster of what he wants to learn and hangs it on that wall.
    • Making flashcards that show math facts or key vocabulary.
    • Watching a children’s documentary that contains the information that the child wants to learn.
  • Kinetic learning: Some children are characterized by a lot of movement, and they are the type who likes to learn through movement, and this can be achieved through:
    • Learn math like addition and subtraction using hands.
    • Using cubes for letters, the child arranges them and learns the alphabet and spelling through them.
    • Not restricting the child to sitting for study, and allowing him to study while lying down or while moving in the room.
    • Reading by converting paragraphs into a kind of recitation or a scene from a play.
    • Helping him study science by doing various projects.

Helping children during exams

Most children do not like exams and avoid preparing for them. Fearing it, it is the parents’ turn to help their children prepare for the exam . Here are some tips that parents can follow during the exam:

  • Explain to the child that the exam is a way to assess the student, and a way to determine if the student needs more help with a topic. It is not a decisive thing and does not determine whether the child is smart or not, and this helps him to overcome the fear of failure.
  • Meeting with the teacher to know the level of the child and the nature of the exam to help the child pass it successfully.
  • Create a quiet and appropriate place for the child during his exams, and give him notice of attention and appreciation.
  • Teaching the child some methods that he can follow in the exam , which increases his confidence in his ability to succeed.
  • Not informing the child of the deficiency if he gets a bad mark in the exam.

Reasons for a child’s poor motivation to study

Weak motivation is a condition that affects the child due to a combination of factors, giving him a feeling of unwillingness to study, and a loss of enthusiasm and positive energy for studying. One of the important reasons that cause a child’s weak motivation is the lack of attention and care he gets from parents, so that parents are busy with other things, and do not notice the child’s superiority in his school or his decline. Parents’ lack of confidence in their children and their inability to improve their level may be a reason for the child’s frustration and discouragement, and some children suffer from low self-confidence, either because of excessive pampering or because of the cruelty of parents, which makes them introverted and unable to interact with teachers and students, so their desire In the study is weak. [4]

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