Simply put, if your child is motivated, then he or she will succeed in school. Your children are not born motivated. They must be taught. As a parent it is your obligation to teach them. It may sound like a daunting task. However, educators who have studied the problem have a plethora of ideas. Just a little research can arm you with the tools you need to teach your child how to succeed in school.
Encourage your child to have a positive attitude toward learning in general and toward school in particular.
You can do this by focusing on what your child likes about school or what he or she does well in school. Encourage him or her to talk about what he is doing in school and praise him or her for the things he or she likes to do. It doesn’t matter whether he enjoys gym and recess or math and english class. The idea is to make them feel good about what they are doing and thus make them feel good about school. Positive feelings about school will encourage them to discover ways of how to succeed in school.
Help your son or daughter set goals which help him or her succeed in school.
Don’t dictate the goals to them, but encourage them to participate in the creation of the goals. Make sure that the goals are attainable. Seek input from your child’s teachers. Ask to see assignments, homework and exams that he or she have worked on so you have an understanding of their skills. Ask the teachers about what kind of improvements they expect your child to be making over time. If you discover from your child or a teacher that your child is having difficulty with math, find out from the teacher exactly what is causing the problem and then work with your child to fix it. They don’t know the multiplication tables? Work with him or her in memorizing them. If you discover that he or she has done only a small percentage of a practice drill their teacher has given them, then encourage them to set a goal of completing more of the drill. Let them learn to participate in creating the strategy that helps them succeed in school.