According to Self-Determination Theory, students become more motivated when they feel in control of their behaviours and have a sense of belonging in the classroom.
- To help your students feel more in control of their behaviours, give them choices within their learning journey. For example, try providing your students with various ways to complete an assignment or solve a problem.
- To encourage a sense of belonging in your classroom, try including team-building activities to strengthen relationships between students, and consistently check on each student’s progress and well-being to show that you care.
With high motivation, students are inclined to put more effort into their studies, which ultimately puts them on the path to university success.
Give quality feedback
Students’ academic self-efficacy is often based on the feedback of others on their capabilities and performances. It is therefore important that you give high-quality feedback to your students. Let your students know when they improve on an exam or an assignment and ask them what strategies they used to improve. This helps them build self-confidence and prepares them for university success.
We have a number of blogs to help you give your students better feedback:
While the change from secondary school to university is exciting, academic life can differ greatly from what students are used to. The good news is that this transition can be made smoother by adopting the above strategies in your classroom to equip your students with the skills needed to succeed in university.
And if you need some extra help to prepare your students for the challenges coming their way, why not book our Surviving University student workshop?