Encouragement can be the Changer

Often as tutors, we find it difficult to motivate and inspire our students to put in the effort and be productive.

Getting students to enjoy what they’re learning is often hard to accomplish. What most of us do, which is great, is provide fun activities, enjoyable games, quizzes and the use of technology to encourage and motivate them.

As great as these ideas are, I think there is often one big idea that often gets missed when wanting to motivate students, and that is, encouragement. 

In this blog, I’d like to show you different ways in which you can encourage and motivate your students. It’s one thing to know that encouragement can motivate students, yet it’s another thing to know how to encourage students.

So here we go:

  • Say nice words that lift the student up. Words such as, “great job” or “keep it up,” are simple words that inspire and will therefore cause the students to feel positive and motivated to do their best and put in the effort.
  • When facing obstacles, encourage them through expressing their ability to overcome these difficulties, never tell them that it is too hard for them to accomplish. Say things such as, “you can do this! “I will help you overcome this challenge,” and “you’re gonna get it don’t worry!”
  • When students do something out of the ordinary, celebrate it. For example, if a student puts in extra effort, extra work, celebrate and thank them for their effort. Be sure to remind them that continuing this kind of effort will ensure they will be able to overcome any difficulty and will also help them to improve in the long run.
  • When a student has made improvement, praise their progress.   Express to them that you are so happy that they have improved and remind them that they can do anything they set their minds to do. Words, such as , “Well done, this test you did was amazing! You did so much better than last time!” Or “Great job, this work and effort is great, keep it up!” are encouraging and will inspire the students to keep achieving their best. It will enable them to believe in themselves and truly be convinced that they can overcome any challenge and set their minds to achieve anything.

So, remember, that as good as practical fun activities and games are, encouraging your students is the big key to getting them motivated and inspired in their work. I’ve tested it out, and I’ve seen the results from my own students!

Try these methods of encouragement and see whether it motivates your students just as much as it has mine.

You don’t have to pull your hair out always thinking of new ideas and activities to get them enaged, you don’t have to stress out about finding other methods or bribing your students to keep them concentrated, use this simple tip today and watch your students become happier, enthused and encouraged in their work ethnic!

About Chiara Petrelli

Chiara is one of our Tutoring Melbourne team members. Chiara has always been a role model student and enthusiastic high achiever, earning numerous academic awards for a wide range of subjects during her school career including Italian, English, Religion and Society and Legal Studies. She achieved an impressive ATAR in the 90’s with especially strong results in English, and she is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Arts / Education degree at the University of Melbourne where she is studying to become a fully qualified School Teacher.

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