15 Ways to Encourage Learners to Focus Academically

Are you looking for ways to encourage students to focus academically? If so, keep reading.

1. Always treat the student with the utmost respect. Talk objectively at all times.

2. Make positive remarks about school and the importance of school.

3. Let the student attempt something new in private before doing it in front of others.

4. Give the student frequent chances to meet new people.

5. Assess the appropriateness of the task to ascertain (a) if the task is too easy, (b) if the task is too complicated, and (c) if the duration of time scheduled for the task is sufficient.

6. Connect with parents, agencies, or appropriate parties to tell them about the problem, identify the cause of the problem, and discuss potential solutions to the problem.

7. Connect with parents (e.g., notes home, phone calls, etc.) to disseminate information about the student’s progress. The parents may reinforce the student at home for showing an interest in participating in school learning activities.

8. Show an interest in the student (e.g., acknowledge the student, ask the student’s opinion, spend time working one-on-one with the student, etc.).

9. Praise the student for showing an interest and participating in school learning activities based on the duration of time they can be successful. As the student shows success, slowly increase the duration of time required for reinforcement.

10. Create classroom rules: • Complete every assignment. • Complete assignments quietly. • Remain in your seat. • Finish tasks. • Meet task expectations. Examine rules often. Praise students for following the rules.

11. Investigate the student’s eating habits and the amount of rest they are getting outside school.

12. Praise those students in the classroom who show an interest and take part in school learning activities.

13. Praise the student for showing an interest in and participating in school learning activities : (a) give the student a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the student an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.)

14. Talk with the student to explain(a) what the student is doing wrong (e.g., failing to show an interest and participating in school learning activities ) and (b) what the student should be doing (e.g., showing an interest and participating in school learning activities ).

15. Use VR to help the student discover career interests. The hope is that they will take school seriously if it leads to their dream career.

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