When there’s no motivation involved in a student’s learning experience, he/she will not be able to learn efficiently. Due to a lack or absence of motivation, students may not retain as much information from their course as they should, they may not want to participate and they may even cause problems in a classroom environment. Thus, motivation can bevery important when it comes to academic success.
A lack of motivation may not be entirely the fault of the student, rather a number of factors may have some bearing.
These can include distractions through external forces. A student may also not be sufficiently engaged by the teacher’s/lecturer’s teaching methods or may just not be interested in the subject/topic.
In some cases, it may just be that the student has difficulty when it comes to learning or may have a learning disability which requires special attention.
Often, simply finding the right kind of environment can iron out many of the issues associated with motivation when it comes to learning.
Students should find the environment that suits them best and this includes finding the most suitable institution to enroll in. If for instance, they are looking at applying to Australia’s top performing universities, they should check out the Australian university rankings.
Motivating students may not always be a straightforward task, however, and there are a number of ways or methods that can be used in order to tackle the issue. Here are some of them.
When students feel distant from the teacher or lecturer, they may tend to disengage themselves from the classroom/lesson and may even dread sitting through a lecture. On the other hand, if the teacher knows the names of the students and uses their names frequently, thiscan have an impact on their learning experience. Furthermore, students can be coaxed into not shying away and make them more comfortable with the idea of approaching their lecturer or teacher for extra advice, tips…etc.
The students may not be able to fully grasp topics and subjects which they cannot relate to. Try to make relatable examples out of the information from your lessons, subjects and topics. You could turn it into a short story or even make it humorous.
The lecture may not be going anywhere if none of the students are enjoying the session. Instead, ask students what they enjoy and what they would like to be involved in with regards to the lesson. Try to find a method of teaching that would be capable of engaging students in learning. Hear the students out and if they don’t find the lessons engaging, try to find ways in which you can facilitate more engagement in the classroom.
Make lessons exciting and express your enthusiasm for the subject you are teaching. Also, acknowledge when a student shares/shows enthusiasm and praise them when they achieve something.