Confidence is a vital factor in achieving academic success for students. It often has a direct relationship with educational performance. When confidence is low, marks usually suffer as a result.
Building self-confidence in students is usually a common goal for both parents and educators. The task could sometimes become difficult due to a combination of several different factors that affect how kids see themselves. For example, the nature of taking new information and being introduced to unfamiliar concepts at school mixed with the pressure that comes with expectations can sometimes make students doubt their capabilities.
For students to thrive, teachers and parents should make sure that they are given a healthy learning atmosphere that encourages self-assurance. When families and educators work together to promote high self-esteem in children, they are also making it possible to increase students’ motivation to learn, attend classes and participate in school activities. This article discusses some strategies to help your child build confidence.
Get Feedback and Support
Tuition will help children receive feedback real time, allow them to address understanding issues and fix problems as they arise. Getting the help of a tutor is also a good way to gain support, something students of all ages need. Programs such as our January Head Start Program and small-group classes help a lot in building students’ confidence in their abilities as they offer personalised support for your child based on his needs, as well as honest and constructive feedback.
Focus on Their Strengths
Instead of focusing on what your child can’t do, shift your attention to their potentials. Children can get discouraged at times, especially when failures leave them feeling inadequate. Some students may feel frustrated that they’re not as good in dancing as their friends, for example. Help them realise that there are other fields where they can excel. Encourage them to pursue their interests. They can enrol in art classes, may be take some piano lessons. They’re young and they have plenty of time to develop new skills and improve existing ones.
Teach Them to Make Positive Self Statements
If your child is saying negative things about himself, it could take away his confidence in the long run. Phrases such as “what if I make a mistake?” and “people will laugh at me” are only some examples of negative self-talk. Teach your child to have a more positive view of himself and the world around him by introducing positive statements that begin with “I can,” “I am” and I will” instead of “I can’t,” “I don’t” and “I never.” Teaching them may mean you have to set an example so practice positivity in your words, as well.
Train Them to Take Comments Constructively
Criticism is and will always be a part of your child’s life. Their shortcomings, mistakes and flaws will be pointed out to them eventually. Instead of shielding them form hearing these comments, teach them to make the most of any kind of feedback, be it positive or negative. Train them to not take each criticism as an insult, but an opportunity to improve themselves.
Encourage Them to Express Themselves
In the age of social media and free speech, it has become even more difficult to express ourselves. Kids may struggle to say what’s in their minds for fear of being disliked or bullied. The inability to express themselves, especially at a young age may result in depression and low self-esteem as they become adults. Encourage them to speak their mind, to be proud of their quirks and to never be ashamed of their personal style.