Questions tagged [student-motivation]

For questions concerning the motivation of students and helping them to motivate for their study in general.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
30
votes
9answers
6k views

What to do with students who think they “already know it,” but actually don't?

Many students take calculus or algebra courses in high school, then later take college courses of the same name. There are various reasons for this, but in most cases the students in a college ...
6
votes
3answers
790 views

Problem of a talented student who doesn't like to solve too much problems

Recently I have been perplexed by a non-mathematical problem. One of my Indian student-friend is preparing for the next year's IMO exam but he says that he doesn't like simply doing hard and ...
14
votes
3answers
763 views

What can be done to instill good habits in students?

This question might sound vague, but I'm really just looking for particular examples that worked for you. From my experience, it seems like a large portion of "weak" students remain weak despite ...
16
votes
5answers
410 views

How do you revise?

I'm not too sure if this is the right place for my question, but I couldn't think of anywhere more suited. I am a first year university Math student, I am currently revising for six end of year ...
24
votes
7answers
2k views

What arguments can I give a high school student why mathematics is important?

In almost all countries all over the world, mathematics is a main subject in school. Maybe the subject bringing trouble to families with kids. It is clear that scientist, engineers, etc. need ...
19
votes
15answers
1k views

What is fairly new theorem one can teach (and prove) to an undergraduate student?

Many students complain about how old the things in mathematics are. When students finish their undergraduate studies, there are usually not able to state results and prove them which were found after ...
17
votes
3answers
819 views

How to deal with very motivated students having “off-topic” interests?

There are some very motivated students who are very interested in math (in general), where the interest takes over most of their time. The problem is that they don't put enough time in the lecture ...
11
votes
2answers
408 views

Students who have succeeded before but are not succeeding now

Here is a common process I witness in office hours: Student struggles with a difficult concept. Student gains understanding of the concept. Student, now bewildered since the concept is mastered, ...
10
votes
1answer
172 views

Can math movies help us in teaching?

There are many cinematic and documentary movies about mathematics and mathematicians in every field of mathematics. Particularly in logic, set theory and philosophy of mathematics, which are my ...
10
votes
2answers
157 views

How does an advisor effectively motivate progress on an independent project?

When an excellent student is working on an honors or independent study project, the advisor's job is to not only serve as the content expert, but also to motivate the student to complete the project. ...
17
votes
5answers
471 views

Making standards for “showing work” explicitly clear to students

I do not mean for this thread to be a discussion of whether or not students should show work on an exam, whether they should be docked points for just "seeing" an answer and writing it down, whether ...
13
votes
2answers
189 views

How to create and support a mathematics club or group that will last?

Math clubs and groups tend to be small and prone to dying out. Once the organizers or members graduate, the club no longer exists. At my university, I have seen the creation and death of two ...
9
votes
3answers
165 views

Motivating student by showing them where we are heading to

Why is it so uncommon to find material that shows students how everything is connected? A recurrent question from students is why are polynomial so important? If we shown them how these are related ...

1 2
3