Have you ever encountered students saying, “I hate school!” or that they don’t like school or anything about it. It seems like some kids can be unhappy campers whenever the word school is involved.
This has long been a widespread issue that affects many students in schools across the globe that needs to be seriously addressed—students lacking the motivation to succeed and thrive in the classroom.
Most of the reasons come from external influences such as technology, distractions, and peer pressure as well.
But in order to arrive at an effective solution, we must first understand what are the causes and effects of student demotivation and learn we can tactically address it in a positive manner.
What are the causes and effects of student demotivation?
Top 5 Causes
1.) Lack of sleep
Back then, a lot of students had strict bedtime schedules, but times have changed, and with kids having easy access to technology at their fingertips it’s quite easy for them to spend hours on their mobile devices not realizing that it’s way past their bedtime causing them to lose quality hours of sleep.
Lack of sleep can alter their moods, and affect their ability to concentrate, memorize, and overall ability to learn. Being sleep-deprived can also lead to weight gain and increase the risk of developing depression as well which is not great if you’re trying to get through school.
Sleep deprivation is a common cause of demotivation among students because it makes it hard for them to stay focused on their tasks throughout the day.
2.) Improper diet
Poor diet in students can have a negative effect on student’s health, concentration, and performance in school.
When students regularly consume foods high in sugar content, they tend to become hyperactive, which can affect their ability to concentrate in class. It can also cause them to have poor sleep quality which can make them irritable during the day.
Furthermore, unhealthy eating habits can lead to indigestion and other stomach problems which can affect their body systems negatively and potentially distract them during class.
It has also been discovered that many students who suffer from low energy are not getting enough nutrients from what they are eating—making an improper diet one of the causes of their demotivation in school.
3.) Sedentary lifestyle
Lack of exercise is also one of the top causes why students are demotivated. It can be difficult for them to focus on the tasks at hand if they have not worked out their bodies in a while.
Exercise is vital for both their physical and mental health; it can also help reduce their stress, depression, anxiety, and weight gain as well while improving their concentration and focus.
Students with a sedentary lifestyle are also more likely to have poor academic performance compared to their active counterparts because with all those hours spent sitting at their desks in school, there’s no room for any type of stress relief for them through physical activity.
As a result, many students will then end up turning towards unhealthy eating habits instead of dealing with and releasing their stress through healthier methods such as exercising or going out for some fresh air.
4.) Absence of a support system
Students who lack a foundation of support from their families, teachers, and school admins are at a disadvantage when it comes to school. The absence or lack of support can cause students to fall behind in their students which can then lead to their demotivation.
When students do not receive the assistance they need, they may become frustrated and give up on their education altogether. And the lack of encouragement can also lead them to believe that they are not good enough or that they don’t have what it takes to succeed in school and later on in life.
This can also cause them to feel isolated from others around them. Having no one around to understand how they feel and what they’re going through makes it difficult for them to make friends which will then lead them to isolation and become outcasts.
5.) Students are constantly distracted
With everything going by so fast nowadays students are easily distracted by their phones, new trends, and even by their own peers.
With that in mind, if students are constantly distracted they’ll have difficulty paying attention and listening to what is being taught to them. They’ll also have problems completing tasks, following directions, and retaining new information handed to them.
There are several reasons why students may be constantly distracted. One of them is that they may spend excessive time scrolling through social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Tiktok which can lead them away from what they are supposed to be doing in class.
Students also tend to worry about things that have happened or might happen in their personal lives instead of focusing on what is happening in their classes at school.
What are the effects of student demotivation?
When a student loses motivation, it can lead to a loss of interest. This, in turn, can lead to a lack of effort on the student’s part and thus poor performance on assignments or tests.
Poor grades are an obvious result of this cycle and it will affect their self-esteem directly.
We all know how overwhelming the life of being a student can be, that’s why teachers together with parents and school administrators should work together to combat student demotivation. It’s never too late to help students gain momentum and help them be motivated again.
If corrective actions are taken to correct what needs to be corrected students will then start to feel good about themselves again and their work, they’ll tend to put in more effort because they’ll find it easier and more rewarding than when they feel down about their abilities or frustrated by challenges.
Have an open and honest talk with your student who’s having an issue with being demotivated. Explain that everyone loses motivation from time to time, but it’s important to keep going and not give up because it is the only way to achieve their goals in life.
Also explain that if they keep losing motivation, then they may have a harder time reaching their goals which could lead to bad grades in school.
And now that we’ve been made aware of why student demotivation happens, then we can now take a step towards fixing the problem or preventing future cases altogether!
We know that losing motivation in studying is a common struggle among students. Everyone loses motivation at some point in time. But it doesn’t have to be the end of the road for them if they start feeling this way.
By having an open conversation with your students along with their support system (parents and school staff) about their struggles with school, you can brainstorm ways to help them regain their motivation and stay motivated throughout the school year.