07 May 2020

Staying Motivated and Connected

Article by Matilda Cosgrove, Rory Quinn and Jonathon Peck

Staying Motivated and Connected

Matilda Cosgrove, Rory Quinn and Jonathon Peck, our 2020 Academic student leadership team, understand that learning remotely presents many challenges, one of those being maintaining motivation and a sense of connectedness to class.

They provide the following tips for parents and guardians who are trying to support their children, while at home. We thank them for their suggestions.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We understand just as well as any student that learning from home can be a difficult experience, especially in regards to staying motivated to study. Thankfully, over here at the academic leadership team, we have come up with some tips and tricks for parents to help support their children’s education during this time of remote learning…

1. Give them space

We are aware that it can be very difficult for many families to separate study areas for their children. However, providing your child with a clear desk and area away from distractions can be beneficial for their studies. For example an office, the dining table or even a garage are great alternatives from the bedroom or kitchen bench.

2. Take breaks with your child

If you happen to be working from home and are flexible enough to do so, try setting specific times where you join your child for lunch or recess. This can promote a healthy routine where both the student and adult feel relaxed during the break and even more motivated to work during the set school hours. It also prevents the student from getting stuck on social media, prying their eyes away from screens and towards social interaction.

3. Be supportive

During this difficult time, many kids will be feeling less motivated to complete study due to certain distractions or the feeling of missing out on events, people and places that we too often took for granted. When your child is lacking inspiration for completing work, motivational support can be key to them increasing learning productivity through promoting a more optimistic approach to studying as well as encouraging a greater sense of wellbeing.

4. Keep updated

CANVAS is a great tool for parents in seeing how well a student's study is going during isolation. It allows you to see lesson plans for the day, assignment due dates and feedback that has been given on your child’s work. Make sure that you look at CANVAS notifications to track your child’s progress at school and to possibly implement ways on how to help improve their study habits.

5. Encouragement to learn from mistakes

We have all heard of the saying, “We learn from our failures more than we do our successes”, but it’s true. Mistakes are essential to learning and it's important to encourage students that errors are ok to make. Instead of them giving up altogether, many students could become more determined to put in the effort, fixing their mistakes and ultimately studying more effectively.

6. Ask questions

Many students tend to feel more motivated when other people care about what they are studying. For example, I watched my year 12 English film with my dad the other night and in no time we were chatting up a storm about the context, characters and theme of the plot. Of Course it’s not to say go complete their algebra homework, but instead perhaps ask direct questions that stimulate the students desire to learn such as “How do you say ____ in Indonesian?” or “What did you discuss on the ZOOM call in science?”

We hope that these tips are helpful and can be implemented in your lives one way or another. Please look out for more ideas from us on the Facebook page in upcoming weeks.

On behalf of all students, we would like to formally thank you for the support and time that you have put into both our traditional and remote versions of learning at Saint Ignatius College. It has been a challenging and confusing time for everyone, but we all look forward to returning back to school when safe to do so.

Take care and all the best for the future in remote learning,

Matilda Crosgrove (Academic Captain), Rory Quinn (Academic Captain) and Jonathan Peck (Arrupe Leader).