Difficulties keeping your child motivated to do extra homework or tutoring?

Enrichment Therapies

December 1, 2014

Need to keep your child motivated to do daily homework? Is it a battle to get your child to tutoring?

Can you blame them? Do you enjoy going to work or doing dishes every day? As fun and interactive as we try to make the session, it is still work for a child who is struggling. They see homework, school work or tutoring as just that – work.

Tips to Motivate Your Child

  • Reward System: If your child completes tasks expected of them and they go to their Enrichment sessions, then they receive points to work toward a desired prize. Popular prizes among students are x-box games, extra time on electronics, a gift card, etc.
  • Help them visualize success: Talk with your child about what it will be like to not struggle in reading or to be able to do math and enjoy it. Most children and teens don’t comprehend the importance of academics and how their learning habits are going to affect the rest of their lives. We see students who are even at (and above!) their age level, but we see them really thrive and their confidence soar when they are closer to performing at the 70th percentile.
  • Create a goal chart that your child can fill in: Help your child see their success in a visual form that will also show them where they are going and what they have left to work on. For younger kids, this could be done as a sticker chart. For older students, you can draw or print a chart with the goal written at the bottom and percentage markers along the side. As they progress, they fill in the chart.
  • Give them praise constantly: How awesome would it be for us to hear, “You made a great dinner tonight, mom.” Wouldn’t that motivate you to make a good dinner again? The same is true for your child. Telling them how much you appreciate their hard work and successes will give them an extra boost in motivation.

There are few things more important than your child’s academic future.  

On average, families spend $700 per year for each child involved in sports, while 99.9% of students don’t actually go on to make a career out of their sporting talents.  Investing time and resources in your child’s academics is key to a successful future.

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech-language therapy and tutoring as well as offering small group academic programs.  At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success.  Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.


740 Community Drive, Unit A

North Liberty, IA 52317



5530 West Pkwy, Suite 300

Johnston, IA 50131


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