How to Motivate your Teens to Study

Many teenagers would rather go out or do their own thing than study. This is a normal part of being a kid, but at the same time as a parent you have to encourage your teenager to succeed academically. Getting your teen to study may seem like a Herculean task, but it doesn’t have to be if you follow some of these tips:

Create a study space

Distractions are some of the biggest obstacles to studying. If your teen is constantly being distracted (or allowing him- or herself to be distracted) by the television, radio, cell phone, or other people, then you may need to set aside a ‘study space’ for him or her. This space does not have to be a room in itself, although a good place to start would be a spare bedroom or office area. If you do not have this amount of extra space, your teen can still have a study space in any quiet part of the house. If that space is in your teen’s bedroom, then you may need to disconnect some of the distractions until the studying time is done. It is best to have the study space in your home so that you can check on your teen periodically, although the library is a good choice for those who have no quiet space at home.

Make studying fun

Studying for a math class or learning how to write grammatically correct sentences can be chores to your teen. He or she will most likely be interested in subjects that stimulate excitement and bring up new or fun ideas. If your teenager is studying physics, try to find some activities that demonstrate some of the theories. If your teen is learning about sentence types for English class, have your teen start writing a novel or short story that utilizes those concepts. Hands-on experience is what many children crave in the classroom, and this is a good way to extend the learning experience to your home.

Rewards and praise

Although outwardly your teen may want material compensation for his or her good work, rewards can come in the form of praise and congratulations. It is always a good idea to give your child an extra incentive for studying, although you should also encourage your teen to think about the benefits of studying to him or her. Talk to your teen about some of the careers and job choices that are related to the subjects taught at school. 

Motivating your teenager to study is going to feel like a hard chore the first few times. Hopefully, however, he or she will realize that studying benefits not only you, but his or her future as well.