Term 2 Weighted Assessments (WAs) are over, and the June holidays are fast approaching us! Naturally, teens will be thinking of dropping their studies and spending their holidays playing, watching shows, or hanging out with their friends. But if they are already lagging behind in their studies, or in an important year in school, you might not want them ditching their studies completely during the holidays.
So, how should you motivate your teen to study even after the exam?
We’re not saying that students should always be studying – but losing all momentum and getting rusty during the holidays isn’t a good thing, either. The key is to find a balance and help them feel like they still want to learn.
1. Find their ‘why’
Teens don’t like to do just what they’re told. At this age, they are beginning to question why they should be doing something. If the reason is not convincing, they won’t do it!
Try to talk to them about why studying is important. Instead of telling them why you think it’s important, let them reflect and find a reason that is important to them. The goal could be as ambitious as getting into a particular university, or something more simple like maintaining their current grade in school.
If none of the reasons can motivate them to study, you can create extrinsic motivations for them, like promising to give them extra allowance or letting them buy that new game if they put in the effort to study hard.