Students’ Perspective on Education: Key to Success
Nowadays all schools are determined to make education better. They do everything they could, as it seems. Lots of educators and counselors are thinking over changes in a teaching process. The academia spends years struggling to come up with the new ways of motivation for students. Still, there’s no booming effect. Why does it happen? To make some significant changes in education, first, we need to ask those who it affects the most: students.
There has been a survey about Student Life in America based on what matters to students. Students were asked about what they feel towards the overload of homework, or who they ask for help in studies, or how they feel when they get bad grades. The survey was aimed to focus on students’ thoughts, feelings and goals. To understand what is wrong, you need to look at the problem from another perspective. Here are some of the survey results
One-third of time is spent worrying, rather than doing homework
Usually, students and their parents complain about the overload of homework at school. However, it turned out that the real problem lay not in the quantity of homework, but in the time student spent on dealing with it. As the survey shows the majority of students spend one-third of their time stressing about homework instead of taking action. They usually worry about the grades they can get, whether they are smart enough to deal with the task, or how other students deal with it. It leaves us with two productive hours out of three.
Teach your students how to organize their time. Let them see that the time they waste stressing out may be spent for their own advantage as the free time. Show them that by taking a small action, instead of worrying, you approach your goal faster.
Bad grades matter
Students truly care about the grades they get. Even worse, 90% of students are so focused on getting the highest grades to graduate and get admitted to college that they forget about the real aim of learning. The knowledge. Certainly, when students fail to meet their own expectations and they do not get the grades they want to, it truly upsets them. As a result, this can decrease their motivation to study. The grades should not be the only motivation for studying, as it is a poor motivation to become a well-educated person.
Teachers need to focus on preparing students for life, rather than merely passing tests. A masterful teacher should know how to praise students not with grades, but showing students their success. Seeing your own improvement in something is the best motivation for studying.
I don’t need this in real life
‘Quadratic equations? I won’t need them in future.’ You can often hear students complaining about the subjects they will not need in their life. Let us face the obvious: some subjects will truly play an insignificant role in their lives. However, the aim is to show the virtue of a subject they are learning.
Turn theory into practice. We need to encourage students to take action rather than complaining. Rather than spending hours whining that they do not need it, they can do the task in an hour. Besides, why not show them how this or that subject can be useful in life? An experienced teacher definitely knows how to do that.
Do not be scared to ask your students to give feedback on the learning and teaching process. Their ideas and advice can actually help motivate them to study. Isn’t it what we need?