motivating students for learning

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Student motivation is key to effective learning. A student may become unmotivated for a variety of reasons, such as lack of interest in the subject, being distracted by external factors, unengaged by the teaching methods, or needing special attention. Motivating students to learn can take several forms, such as offering incentives, encouragement, using a variety of activities that directly engage them, showing the relevance of the subject, giving feedback that fosters competence perception, etc. Student motivation is sourced internally, however, teachers have a crucial role in providing support and supplies that help strengthening or encouraging it. Motivating factors can be intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation means wanting to engage in a behaviour because it is personally rewarding, such as feeling interested, feeling of success and competence, while extrinsic motivation refers to external rewards, such as better grades, or other types or recognition. Both types of motivators have their advantages and disadvantages, and their use may depend on the specific circumstances and the learning style of the student.

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