How to Motivate Teenagers to Become Self-Directed Students
Written by Craig Rogers,
Training a teenager to be a self-directed student might seem like a difficult task, but it really is not. Self-direction helps students engage in specific strategies that provide them with the opportunities of making decisions and solving issues on their own. This is especially important when undergoing college prep and living independently.
Instructors and parents can provide them with the adequate strategies that are designed to help them process information very effectively while being self-confident about every new thing that they are embarking on. College teenagers really do have the abilities to succeed in this life; sometimes, they just need an extra push.
When they are self-directed, teenagers tend to become more reflective about their learning and thinking processes, especially if they are engaged in blending learning. For those parents who are still not aware of this innovative way of learning, blending learning is a combination of face-to-face and online learning. This can provide many different opportunities and help the student learn in a way that is best for them.
How To Be Self-Directive
In order to make a teenage student to be a self-directed student, there are specific strategies that parents and instructors should encourage for their child. For one, it is important to encourage a student to set goals for instructional improvement and personal development. After this, the student should plan ways in order to achieve these goals that he or she has set.
Various studies have indicated that when students are working their best on the goals that they have set for themselves, they are more efficient and motivated. They also tend to achieve more than when they work on goals that had been set by their instructor or parents.
If we stop and think about the world of business, we know that those people who are on top of the list were able to achieve such success due to the fact that they engaged in identifying specific goals, planning, and designing strategies in order to work toward achieving their goals.
When trying to reach the goals that they have set for themselves, students can greatly benefit from learning different issue-solving strategies. They will be able to draw their own conclusions, visualize relationships with their existing knowledge, begin posing questions, ask what they know and need to find out, and talk themselves through problems.