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You want your child to succeed in education.  You spend a great deal of energy getting your child organized, property dressed and fed, to school on time, only to find that they don’t to want to put the effort into getting their homework done, studying for tests, or learning the material they need for their subjects.

This seems to get worse as children get older, often reaching a crisis point in middle school when they begin to have different classes with different teachers, plus a host of other distractions and pressures that negatively influences their desire to succeed in school.

So how do you motivate your child to succeed in school? One tried and true method is to reward your child either with prizes, compensation, or other items that they value.

Providing your child rewards for behaviors you want to see reinforced allows them to gain pleasure in the task at hand knowing a desired outcome will follow (the prize).  Short term the child gets the prize they want.  Long term as a parent you achieve the objective of helping your child succeed in education by providing a motivation that is relevant to them.

You can offer your child various benefits for completing homework, preparing for tests and getting good grades (both at test time and reporting period levels).  Below are some ideas to try:

  • Have their weekly allowance vary depending on school performance; more weekly allowance for better performance and less allowance for poor performance.  For example, bringing home all their homework and completing it on time would earn them a high allowance week.
  • Offer a clothing allowance dependent on good performance, maybe for doing well on section or chapter tests; a good grade on a chapter test means they can pick out a new pair of sneakers, or a new sweatshirt their choice.
  • New video games: New DVDs can be good rewards for children, although of course it means adding to their screen time when they want to enjoy these prizes.
  • Trips: Awards of trips to the bowling alley, a video arcade or a pizza parlor serve as powerful motivation for your child to perform well.
  • Arranging for outside play, or playdays with friends, due to better performance or completion of work, is another good reward.

A good mix of these different types of rewards can really motivate your child.  When used sparingly (so that they do not come to be expected), rewards on the whole are highly appreciated and yet do not cause other issues (with the exception of screen time awards, which must be carefully measured).  Note: We do not recommend food awards, for example candy bars, sweet treats, or other such items, as we do not feel that food should be tied to performance.

Another way to incorporate a reward system into your child’s learning and development – specifically in math – is with GoldStudent.  GoldStudent teaches success in math partially through a reward structure.  GoldStudent rewards students for effort and progress on their math studies.  Students want to succeed in math with GoldStudent because the better they do, the more points they earn.  Students accumulate points and can exchange them for fun prizes (rewards) at any time.

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Motivation in math, or the concept of motivational math is a rare concept indeed! There are very few children that really want to practice math.  Children often think math is hard.  They see math as a chore; boring, frustrating or just plain lame?.  There are no flashing lights in math, no action figures or warrior games – all of which are provided in abundance by video games and television.

But motivation for math is still possible.  And teaching motivation in math is what GoldStudent does.  GoldStudent does not provide flashing lights and action figures in their math program.  What GoldStudent does provide is a program that not only gives students motivation for math, it also delivers a program that will have students motivated and confident and actually practicing math on an ongoing basis.  Hard to believe but true; motivation in math is possible!

When watching a child play a video game, do you ever marvel at their ability to concentrate and their attention to detail? Those same concentration and attention to detail qualities are what help children excel in math, and what GoldStudent taps into to keep motivating kids to flex their math power.

At GoldStudent, we feel that the kind of attention and concentration that is needed to do math exercises should be rewarded, and that progress and success in studying math should carry a proportional reward. As a result, GoldStudent has developed a point system to reward success and progress (aka; motivation in math) through the curriculum developed for each student.

Here’s how GoldStudent’s motivation in math works:  Students earn points for completing math worksheets and for passing topic and chapter tests. The more math work that a student accomplishes (or the more math motivation that a student displays), the more points they earn.  More points are also earned for higher performance; the higher percentage of math problems a student gets correct, the more points they accumulate. Students can constantly track on the GoldStudent website exactly how many points they have accumulated, and they’ll see how their point total grows as they make progress.   Talk about creating a motivation for math!

The points are a reward in and of themselves, but GoldStudent also provides the ability for students to redeem points for prizes. GoldStudent offers a range of prizes for which students can exchange the points they have earned in order to receive the prizes of their choosing.  Larger prizes are redeemed for more points, smaller prizes for fewer points. Available prizes range from multicolor pens and stickers, to bracelets, earrings, Game Boy & trade games to Itunes gift certificates. Parents have the ability to choose which prizes their children are permitted to exchange points for, and all prizes are shipped care of the parents name, so that parents can review all redeemed prizes before giving them to their children.

Motivation in math is possible.  As parents ourselves, we know it can be tough to get children to practice math.  But when it comes motivating your children to work on their math skills, turn to GoldStudent for help.

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