CAN MOTIVATION AID LEARNING?

A classroom is a single unit consisting of diversified students. Every student learns and grasps things a little differently. Every student absorbs a teaching style differently as well as their personalities also make a particular learning style unique to each student. Every child is comfortable to a specific learning style. Visual learners tend to grasp things better when an educational material is demonstrated. Auditory learners learn just by hearing the information presented and Kinesthetic learners need to touch things and make models to demonstrate what they have learnt. They learn best by carrying out a physical activity rather than listening to a lecture or watching a demonstration.

 

Although every student grasps things differently there is one factor that is common to every student and that is the motivation to learn. It is important to take advantage of not only the ability of a student to learn but also what motivates the student to learn.

 

Some students learn what is put before them. They do things because they feel a sense of obligation to do them. For them it doesn’t matter how the educational material is presented. They do not need external rewards to learn things. Others students need a tangible reward. For example, a basketball player must maintain a specific grade to be allowed to play at the national level. These students do schoolwork because the end result is that they are allowed to participate in their chosen sport or activity.

 

For each child there is a different reward. Some students are motivated by rewards that are internal. These students learn things out of pleasure and the desire to know more about things. They learn for the joy of accumulating knowledge. For them knowledge is a reward. For some students reward is mere completion of a subject. These students finish a chapter and immediately move on to next chapter in no time. For them the reward is just completion of the course before time. Grades are also an important reward for some students. Receiving praise for good grades is a reward and a motivator.

 

Internal rewards, externals rewards, praises, grades, the joy of learning can all be powerful motivators. It is important to understand what inspires or motivates a student to learn and a right mix of learning styles and motivators can bring out the best in a child.

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