Simple Tips on How to Make Your Child Study at Home
Written by Ms Fidya Haryana
I have been an educator for about 12 years, and a mother for half of it. One realization that I have in this dual role is that- IT IS HARD TO ASK A CHILD TO STUDY AT HOME. I have heard hundreds of reasons and alibi from my small child so he can forego studying. Have you ever heard of these reasons? “The lesson is too hard! I don’t understand it!” or “I already understand the lesson. It’s too easy.”, and of course the overly used phrase – “I am so tired”. If you have encountered these, we’ve been on the same boat.
I have tried and tested some methods of how to motivate my child to learn at home and I hope that these tips can be helpful for you.
1. Set aside an important time for your child to enjoy his or her hobby.
Studying is important, but doing something that you like and enjoy is also important and healthy. Doing school work all the time at home can make our children a little bit stressed, since they’ve been at school for the entire day. As parents, it is our duty to teach our children how to balance their time between their hobby and studies. I found out that when my child is relaxed, he learns effectively.
2. Arrange a good timetable for studying.
Our child must follow a routine at home – of when they should study, watch TV, eat or play. When routines are established, the child is conditioned to follow it. Routines save me a lot of time for reminders and discipline. It is also customary in our routine, that distractions such as TV and Hand Phones are place as far away from the study area as possible.
3. Do not focus to the score but on the learning.
Every child is different. They have their own skill and ability. So, please do not judge your child based on his or her score.
Being angry when your child gets a low score will demotivate your child. Motivate them by asking them about their lessons. Ask questions like: “Which part did you like?”, “Which part don’t you understand?” “Should we find the answer together?”
4. Maintain an open communication with your child.
Talking openly with your child is a good way to learn how your child feels about school and learning in particular. In this way, you can also teach them the purpose of learning and the many things they can achieve if they are educated. So, talk to them heart to heart. Find time to talk to your kids. Make it a routine. I hope you give these methods a try and see a big difference in your child’s attitude towards learning.