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Friday, October 26, 2007

At Wit's End

My eldest son just got back his report book yesterday. He passed ( Just barely). I'm pretty disappointed with him. Although he had done better than his previous exam (Mid year), he promised to improve much more than what he had actually done so.

I'm at wit's end as to how to encourage and motivate him to perform better. He is smart but just lazy and is not consistent in his work.

Next year is an important year for him. Based on his final year results of 2008, he will be placed in Science, Arts or Technical Stream. I would prefer that he gets into Science stream.

I have repeatedly explained the need to do well in his studies. I have tried rewards as well as punishment. Nothing seems to work!

I would appreciate any kind of tips on how you have been able to motivate your child, grandchild, student etc. to perform well. So feel free to share your views.

By the way, he got top in History in his class and just brought back the trophy :) He can perform well when he is interested in a particular subject, such as history. He loves to read, especially books such as Horrible history and Horrible science and the like. He also loves to play games involving history, such as Civilisation IV and Age of Empires.

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posted by Bubbles at 9:22 AM


He sounds like someone I know ... me! Except I liked science and didn't like history. In the end so long as he is happy and has a decent job, does it matter what profession he is in? We will always need good history teachers.

November 1, 2007 at 10:20 PM  

Hi Citrine,
Thanks for your comments.
I wouldn't mind if my son became a history teacher, as long as that is what he wants to be.
However, I would prefer that he did well for his Maths and Science subjects as well, so that he will have a wider chioce available when he decides to go to the Uni.
My niece did not pass her maths for her "O" levels. So the only course available in Poly was a Diploma in Early Childhood.(Fortunately, that's what she is interested in and is now pursuing a Degree in Early Childhood.)
The education system in S'pore is quite rigid and We can't effort to sent our kids overseas for thier Uni.So they must buck up or will get left out :(

November 2, 2007 at 1:43 PM  

Sounds like perhaps he is bored in his classes and no amount of rewards will motivate someone who is bored. Perhaps you can find at home activities that can supplement what is being taught at school that will help him become interested. Talk to his teachers to find other ideas. Their individual teaching styles also may affect his learning and his boredom. This is harder to deal with, but it comes back to the fact that he may not feel challenged in class which leads to boredom. Perhaps his teachers would be willing to assign extra credit types of activities that ight challenge him. It's always worth asking and make sure you have open communication with his teachers.

December 5, 2007 at 11:55 PM  

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