How to Get Your Child to Use Instructional Videos Regularly

Initially a student may resist using instructional videos for each topic they will be studying.  This is natural.  We all resist change and it is uncomfortable at first to try new things.   Achieving this new study habit, however, will pay huge dividends for your child.

The 3 R’s of Habit Change from Charles Duhigg’s “Habit Loop” in The Power of Habit:Every habit you have — good or bad — follows the same 3–step pattern.

  •  Reminder (the trigger that initiates the behavior)
  •  Routine (the behavior itself; the action you take)
  •  Reward (the benefit you gain from doing the behavior)

If the reward is positive, then you’ll want to repeat the routine again the next time the reminder happens. Repeat the same action enough times and it becomes a habit.

We all respond positively to success.  This is the key.  Wherever your child is in their course of study, have them view the video for their current topic.  No notetaking, just view the video.  Have them do this for a 3 consecutive topics being studied.   After this is accomplished, have them also view the next topic ahead their class for three consecutive topics.  Typically, this will be enough for the student to realize the benefits and experience a new level of success and comfort.  This may be enough for the student to self-start and begin to rely on the videos. 

If, at first, the child is hesitant, sit down and view the videos together.  Make no comments or attempt to expand on the video.  Just be there.  It is quite common for children to resist instruction from parents.  Parent’s expectations beyond math studies are stressful for children and interfere with any attempt to instruct them in their math.  Teenage children, particularly, may think that they already have enough parent instruction in all matters.   They will question the parents grasp of math topic.  “That’s not how my teacher is teaching this”, effectively dismisses parent instruction and can initiate conflict that will not be helpful.

There is a big payoff when a student incorporates instructional videos into their study routine to clarify topics they are studying and previewing topics they will be studying.  Accomplishing this will guide the student to realizing the many benefits of video instruction over classroom instruction.  More importantly, it will empower the student and they will realize they are in control of their learning.  The ripple effect of this realization can set the tone of their disposition toward learning for the rest of their lives.

With the purchase of any full course, each student will also receive a free bonus course on Study Skills. 

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