Could the reason behind your child’s less-than-sterling academic performance due to their refusal or inability to study at home? Before you chalk up this phenomenon to laziness, it’s important to examine several reasons which might explain your child’s hesitance to pick up a textbook. Here are a few common explanations as to why your child isn’t studying as dilligently as he should be:
They lack a conducive environment
When there are noisy conversations in the background, the sounds of TV blaring in another room and the ever-present temptation to play on their mobile or gaming devices, it’s little wonder why kids can be distracted from studying when they’re at home. The best solution here would be to ensure that your child has a conducive environment for studying with minimal distractions, noises or disruptions, ensuring that he or she can be concentrate on their work and become completely immersed in the subject matter.
They can’t ask anyone for help
Children tend to dislike studying alone because when they cannot manage to answer questions they get disheartened and frustrated, often stopping to entertain themselves in some other fashion. Sometimes as parents, it helps to know a bit about your child’s syllabus so you can help them solve some part of the answer. The complex and vast nature of any educational syllabus means that sometimes even parents don’t know the correct answer to the questions, so engaging a tutor to help your child could be quite a wise move.
They find it boring
When children are at a young age, they tend to be more inclined towards more interactive subjects and are almost bound to find sitting at a desk listening to a teacher or reading from their notes extremely uninteresting. When children are uninterested, it’s hard for them to pay attention in a classroom or remember the contents of their textbooks. The key would then be to grab the child’s attention and interests through engaging and interactive methods, such as the visually-stimulated or activity-based programs practised here at Making Sense.
They might have a learning disability
Sometimes children have issues writing, reading or spelling and as a result become frustrated and unwilling to study. If they’re falling behind at school in any of these aspects, it could very well be a symptom of learning disabilities. Children with learning disabilities are no less intelligent than their peers, but conventional education techniques might not work for them. It’s important for any learning disabilities to be diagnosed early so that you and your child can adapt your teaching and learning methods accordingly. Remember that having a disability does not impede your children’s ability to fulfil their dreams and live out fulfilled and accomplished lives
In any case, if your child isn’t studying well, the best thing you can do as parents is to listen to them when they tell you about any problems they might be facing and encourage them when they’re feeling disheartened.