Motivation comes from the inside, and can help you achieve almost any achievable thing you want. For learners who are even much younger than you, motivation works more than with the adults. This is because young people haven’t yet been contaminated by social media conformity and are still open to ideas.
Motivating students to learn is a really tough job if you don’t take it seriously. This is because there are so many tricky elements as far as dealing with people is concerned.
1. Remind them of their purpose
Every student – or at least most of the students in your classroom are very well aware of their purpose. However, there’s a lot going on in their minds and around them, that sometimes it’s easy to sway them from the reality in their minds.
Motivation starts with purpose, and this is why you have to start by strengthening this step. It will also make sure that your students have no identity crisis or doubts about their purpose.
2. Tell your story
Stories are the best way to teach and motivate. Is there any good or bad experience you had, that can serve as a lesson for your students? Tell your story.
The reason we are greatly motivated by our religious books is because they use stories to convey meaning and spread messages.
3. Hire motivational speakers
In this modern day, so many people have made money as motivational speakers. This is none of my concern, but I’m concerned about their content.
To be honest, these people aren’t perfect, but they teach people how to get their lives together and it works. Therefore, this will work in the best interest of your students.
4. Make them practice keystone habits
Keystone habits are the seemingly small habits that energize you to do even the bigger tasks. Students don’t have the time or the freedom to practice a lot of keystone habits, but some include;
- Waking up early in the morning
- Cold showers
- Mini workouts
While they start to do these keystone habits, there is a lot that will improve, and it will be important for them to maintain these habits so as to stay motivated.
5. Set rewards
Education is a long term investment. Some students don’t even know why they’re at school, while some others think they’re doing it all for their parents.
Now, setting rewards might not be the perfect thing, but it’s like putting a short term goal in sight. With this, they can normalize working hard and getting good results.
6. Teach them to set goals
Not every student knows how to set goals. However, goals are a great motivator, because they divide your journey into a couple of milestones.
Goals are a great motivator because of the simplicity and clarity that they provide.
7. Give them a pep talk
Everyone needs to have someone that can tell them only positives, and assure them that they can do it. This is true, even for adults.
Pep talks are a great motivator because they boost the students’ self-esteem and confidence, thus boosting their energy levels that they need while pursuing their academic goals.
8. Elaborate the stakes
Sometimes, students forget what they might lose in case they don’t get their act together. Of course, some students might not get motivated by the imaginary positives that might come out of taking action.
However, they’ll be motivated to avoid the negatives that might come out of not doing what they have to do.
9. Be clear about your expectations
Students should, quite frankly, understand what you expect of them and how they can meet it accordingly.
Some students aren’t motivated more by what they expect from themselves, but what other people expect. This, therefore, can be a wonderful motivator to get the students going.
10. Go spiritual
Believe it or not, spirituality contributes a lot to the modern civilization. So many people do the most humane acts, while some commit the most despicable murders because of religious inspiration.
Therefore, encouraging students to pray and have faith in whatever religion they believe in, contributes a lot to how much they’ll be motivated to accomplish what is expected of them.
To reiterate the opening statement of this article, motivation comes from the inside, and that means no motivational video or pep talk will give you the long term motivation you need to keep going. The same applies to your students. The more time you allocate towards soul searching and self-analysis, the better the results.