In this age of cut-throat competition, we see parents hammering their child to excel on the academic front. What they don’t realize is that this approach will not only repel their child from studies but will also make them reluctant towards achieving their goals. They must understand that most children aren’t born learners. Their participation as a parent plays a prominent role in uplifting the child’s willingness to learn and aim big.
However, we understand that keeping your child motivated throughout when they are preparing for JEE – the toughest competitive exam in India – is a challenging task. There are many ups and downs that a child faces when aiming to crack JEE. Your role as a parent is to work towards keeping your child encouraged and motivated so they don’t lose hope and toil to study hard and better.
These tips will help you in keeping your child motivated throughout their IIT preparation phase.
Maintain a Positive Relationship
Relying on negative ways like manipulating your child to study and punishing for even small mistakes is of no good. Yes, there are times when you might feel frustrated while thinking about your child’s future. However, you must understand that without bridging the emotional gap between the two of you, it will become impossible to build a positive relationship. As a result, you won’t be able to motivate your child to study. Remember, maintaining a respectful and positive relationship with your child will help them share feelings and discuss hurdles.
Appreciate and Inspire
Using words of appreciation whenever your child achieves even a small goal will lift up their confidence and keep them inspired to work hard. For example, if your child scores better than the previous mock test conducted by the IIT coaching, simple words of appreciation like “I am proud of you” or “keep up the good work” will undoubtedly make your child excel more and stay motivated. So, from today onwards, start working towards inspiring your child with impactful yet straightforward words of appreciation.
Introduce Different Learning Styles
Boredom can squeeze motivation out of your child if they follow a similar schedule every day. As a parent, your role is to introduce different learning styles to keep boredom away. From introducing recorded video lectures to providing a chalkboard wall in the study room, there are many things that you can do. With a chalkboard wall in their room, they will have the freedom to scribble and solve equations in an innovative way rather than sticking to the old-school notebook method. The wall can also be utilized to note down all the critical formulas for having a quick look at them, whenever required.
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Ensure that their basics are tackled well while the problem-solving skills and approach towards mock tests are in place. These are paramount to ace JEE. Without them, no amount of support and motivation will work and prove beneficial. With active involvement in their preparation journey, you will indirectly inspire them to work hard. Remember, being too pushy while keeping a track on their learning graph may backfire.
Let Them Learn from Their Mistakes
No one can achieve the perfect score in every mock test that IIT coaching conducts. Help your child know that setbacks are natural and losing hope because of lower grades in mock tests isn’t a good practice. Help them in embracing their imperfections while focusing on the weaker areas that need improvement. When you stay positive and give your child room for improvement, they will eventually see it as a part of the learning process.
The deal is to help your child make the most of their preparation time without feeling burdened and bored. And to achieve this feat, you can play the role of a motivator. Also, be sure of never comparing your child and their performance with others. This will only demotivate your child, and with constant competition on their mind, they won’t be able to give their best shot. So, swear by these practices to help your child clear JEE 2019 with flying colours.
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