So often a child feels “I can’t do it.” And then, they can’t.
It’s a terrible mindset to have to unravel.
Here are some tips to build confidence and create a Can-Do attitude.
MAKE LEARNING FUN AND PERSONAL
How does your child’s classroom instruction relate to their own life? Typically students who relate personally to the lesson are more interested and confident. Use family trips and experiences to make learning more meaningful for both you and your child.
START WITH EASIER WORK AND ACCELERATE
When working with your child, start with lessons that are easier and then work up to more challenging material. Typically standardized tests, as well as classroom work, advances from easier to more difficult types of questions. Pre-exposure to this type of learning will help confidence dramatically!
GIVE POSITIVE FEEDBACK
PRAISE! PRAISE! PRAISE! When you give your child regular feedback they will typically be more in tuned to continue to stay motivated. Students need specific feedback on areas that they are doing well in along with areas that they can continue to “further develop”. Always use the “sandwich method”. Start with positive feedback first, then talk about the learning areas your child is continuing to develop. End the conversation with something positive so your child knows that they are on right on track!
CHUNK THE LEARNING
Start with manageable amounts of work. Starting with too many learning tasks up front could intimidate you child or make them “turn off” to the learning at hand. Have conversations about the progress they are making along the way. Be sure to praise the efforts along the way, not just the learning outcomes!
MAKE LEARNING FUN WITH A TUTOR OR LEARNING BUDDY
Students will be more motivated to learn with someone they have good chemistry with, such as a tutor or peer buddy. Students enjoy the interaction and camaraderie with friends and professionals they see on a routine basis!
Once they feel secure in learning how to learn, they will…fly!