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Growth Mindset Strategies: Help Your Child Get Motivated in Singapore MOE Schools

Many kids struggle with motivation due to underlying issues like emotional difficulties or attention problems. Here are 8 tactics that may help your child.
A boy proudly holds his trophy, celebrating the success of study strategies and aiming for continued academic excellence.

For many parents, it can be difficult to get their kids motivated for school, but knowing how to support them in doing so can make a significant difference. 

Identifying underlying issues and offering appropriate help are crucial components of growth mindset methods for children.

Parents can find successful ways to motivate their child to work harder in school, whether it’s through providing ADHD pupils with motivating suggestions or helping children with anxiety thrive in school.

A child’s motivation at school impacts his or her academic performance. Hence, investigating methods to increase parental involvement is essential in improving a child’s academic performance.

Parents can learn how to use positive reinforcement in the classroom to assist children in forming study habits and in getting their homework done.

It is impossible to exaggerate the role that praise plays in motivating students. Giving students more credit for effort than grades in school teaches them that effort is important. 

The secret to kids’ success is helping them stay motivated in the classroom and helping them set long-term academic goals.

Finding academic mentors for kids and developing strategies for overcoming academic difficulties are crucial.

More help and encouragement can be given by working with instructors to inspire pupils and looking for support groups for parents of underachieving children.

By putting these strategies into practice, parents can foster an environment that supports their children’s academic success.

Determine & Deal with Barriers

Feeling overwhelmed: Many children face difficulties in focusing and staying motivated, impacting their learning and development.

It’s critical to determine whether your child’s academic achievement is being hampered by any underlying issues before putting motivational techniques into practice.

Children may become disengaged from school due to emotional difficulties, attention problems, social hurdles, or learning disabilities. It’s critical to comprehend these obstacles so that you can modify how you assist your child😊

Engage with Them Academically

A father shares a joyful moment reading with his young daughter at home.

Involving parents is crucial for inspiring kids. Take an active role in their lives by helping them with their homework or being available to them for queries

Inquire about the lessons they acquired in school. Participating in their schooling demonstrates your value for them and can add excitement and pleasure to the classroom😀

This works especially well with smaller kids because they usually emulate their parents’ excitement. Don’t they enjoy imitating those around them?

It’s crucial to strike a balance between being involved and giving kids space. Over-interrogation can cause resistance and sour connections between parents and children.

Instead, engage the other person in conversation by sharing specifics about your own day. This will help the exchange feel less interrogation-like. 

Apply Reinforcement Sensibly

A mother motivates and rewards her daughter, celebrating their success together in the kitchen

Giving kids recognition for their hard work can be a very effective incentive. Some parents are concerned about the drawbacks of material rewards. However, social reinforcers such as high fives, hugs, and compliments can work wonders.

Eventually, the youngster may develop intrinsic motivation as a result of these rewards and feel proud of their accomplishments🥰

Strategic utilisation of rewarding activities is another option. For example, let your child finish a certain amount of homework before letting them do something they enjoy. 

Appreciate Work, Not Just The Results

Hard work pays off! 🌟 This moment captures the joy of accomplishment as a young boy receives a well-deserved reward for his dedication and determination.

Provide your child recognition for their hard effort as well as for their grades.

When teachers recognize students’ efforts, especially when they take on challenging assignments, they teach them the value of tenacity and strong will.

With this method, kids can learn that hard work and inherent talent go hand in hand in achieving success.

Support Them in Seeing the Wide Picture

Mother making sure that she will always be by her side, hand in hand.

Making the connection between schooling and long-term objectives can serve as a powerful incentive for older kids🤝

Remind them that their current efforts, whether it be in preparation for next classes or keeping their college admittance, can have an impact on their future.

It can help their job feel more personally gratifying when they realise the connection between their goals and their academic success

Make Space for Errors

Guiding with love, allowing room to grow.

It’s not possible to achieve perfection. While supporting your child’s efforts, remember that failures are a normal part of learning.

Lessons about preparedness can occasionally be learned the hard way—by suffering the repercussions of not being prepared.

Look for Outside Assistance

Empowered by support beyond family ties.

Reducing stress between you and your child might be achieved by finding an older student or tutor to assist with their schoolwork.

Mentors that are younger may be more approachable and proficient communicators with your youngster. Is this not the reason that every member of our staff is a youthful, vibrant scholar and honour student from one of Singapore’s finest universities?

Furthermore, working together with your child’s instructor might yield insightful knowledge and solutions catered to your child’s requirements👍

Assistance for Parents

Nurturing growth together with the help of an external person, one conversation at a time

It might be difficult for you as much as it can be for your child to see them struggle at school. By asking for help, you can get the tools and motivation you need to properly assist your child.

The need for external support to help your child create lifetime study habits can be provided by our committed, friendly mentors who act as their elder siblings  and mentor them through the entire process.

Our dedicated, friendly mentors act like elder siblings, offering the support and guidance needed for academic growth.

Remind yourself to be realistic and concentrate on your child’s efforts and advancements. Don’t aim for flawless performance.

In summary, a child needs a combination of support, encouragement, reinforcement, and involvement to be motivated in school.

You may assist your child in developing the drive and abilities required to succeed in school and beyond by attending to underlying issues, participating in their academic lives, and offering well-timed rewards and praise. 



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