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How to Make Teens Interested in Academics

by Dosser Handron, studioD

Teenagers have many obstacles that can make them lose focus on their academics. Some teens have low self-esteem that makes them disconnected from their academic activities. Parents of teens who do not show interest in academics can perform a number of activities to increase their interest. Identifying your teenager’s academic weaknesses, such as a dislike of reading or writing, and strengthening them might make her more interested in academics.

Reinforce your teenager’s studying habits. This is one way you can make her interested in her academics. Sit down with her and set study goals. Talk to her, listen to her problems and provide solutions to situations she brings up. You can also avail yourself whenever she needs your assistance in her academic work. Help her do her homework once in a while by cross-checking her answers and correcting the wrong ones. Supporting your teenager's study makes her feel comfortable and interested in her studies.

Give real-life examples to what your teenage child learns in school. For instance, you can use take her to a zoo and help her classify animals she sees. You can watch a documentary film on history topics to increase her understanding. To help her sharpen writing skills, have her maintain a journal based on her daily experiences.

Help your teenager organize her academic work. Check on how she arranges her stuff in her backpack. Evaluate her study routines and the times she allocates to her personal studies when she is not in school. You can also shop around for tools, such as files and staplers, that help your child arrange her stuff in an organized manner. Help you teenager create a personal study timetable if she is not capable of designing one on her own. If her night study times are not sufficient, help her identify spare times in the weekends when she can study without interfering with other plans she has.

Motivate your teenager when she performs exceptionally in her academics. You can reach an agreement with your teenager to make her earn money or special privileges in exchange for good grades at schools. This, together with other motivating factors such as you helping her do her homework, can develop her develop the habit of studying and eventually her interest in academics. Nevertheless, do not set her target grades too high or too low, because she might either give up or lose interest in studying respectively.

About the Author

Dosser Handron is a practicing psychologist and writer.She served as a columnist for the "Tides" and now contributes to various websites. Dosser holds a PhD in psychology from University of South Carolina.

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