19 Genius Tricks for Encouraging Learners to Finish Learning Activities

Are you looking for genius tricks for encouraging students to finish learning activities? If so, keep reading.

1. Make the student begin each task within a specific duration of time (e.g., three minutes, five minutes, etc.).

2. Follow up a less desirable task with a highly desirable task, making the conclusion of the first appropriate to perform the second.

3. Give the student a selection of tasks, requiring the student to select a minimum number from the total (e.g., present the student with 10 academic tasks from which 6 must be finished that day).

4. Try gamifying your lessons to further engage the student in their studies.

5. Along with instructions, give an incentive statement (e.g., “After your work is finished, you may play a game.”).

6. Utilize a timer to help the student know how much time they have to finish a task.

7. Praise those students in the classroom who finish tasks after receiving instructions.

8. Assess the clarity and quality of directions, explanations, and instructions the student does not understand.

9. Get the student to question any directions, explanations, and instructions not grasped.

10. Select a peer to model appropriate conclusion of tasks after receiving instructions for the student.

11. Connect with the 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 finishing tasks after receiving instructions at school.

12. Draft an agreement with the student stipulating what behavior is required (e.g., following instructions, meeting task expectations, finishing tasks, etc.) and which reinforcement will be implemented when the agreement has been met.

13. Praise the student for finishing tasks after receiving instructions based on the duration of time the student can be successful. As the student shows success, slowly decrease the duration of time required for finishing tasks for reinforcement.

14. Designate a peer to work with the student and aid them in finishing a task.

15. 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.

16. Converse with the student to explain (a) what the student is doing wrong (e.g., not following instructions when performing academic tasks) and (b) what the student should be doing (e.g., listening to instructions, asking for clarification, taking notes, following one step at a time, etc.).

17. Praise the student for finishing tasks after receiving instructions: (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.).

18. 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 to finish the task is sufficient.

19. Consider using assistive technology designed to help students to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder concentrate. Click here to view list of assistive technology apps that we recommend.

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