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How to Create a Positive Learning Environment for Young Students

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Education can happen anywhere—in a classroom, at home, online, or even on the go. Young students absorb knowledge wherever they are, so it's up to the adults to create positive environments suitable for learning.

Teachers do this in the classroom, our tutors do it online, and parents can learn how to do this at home.

In this article, you'll discover how to foster a learning environment that will encourage academic curiosity and growth.

Build a Good Relationship

Before you start teaching the alphabet, phonics, or addition and subtraction, take time to build a good relationship with your young student. Parents have a head start on this because they've been building relationships with their children since the day they were born.

When you prove to a child that you care and will listen to whatever they have to say, the child feels secure. This feeling of security is vital to the learning process.

Children need to feel safe if they're going to take steps forward in their education, explore new concepts, and venture out of their comfort zones.

What are some concrete ways you can help your young student feel secure?

  • Be consistent. Prove to your child that you'll be there no matter what they do. If the student has a bad day, make sure you react supportively, not harshly. Make sure they know you're on their side when a lot of learning happens and when your student gets stuck.
  • Establish routines. Many kids excel when they have a predictable routine. Try having a designated area in the house where you do schoolwork or a scheduled time of day when you do tutoring--this helps your child feel more comfortable with the learning process.
  • Be orderly and organized. Not every parent has excellent organizational skills, but you can help your student by providing everything they need to do their schoolwork. Be a good example in this aspect, and your student will learn to be orderly with school papers and books, too.
  • Be approachable. Your young student may have a learning breakthrough at six in the morning. Whenever learning happens, make sure you listen to their questions and feedback. Knowing that they have a listening ear available at all times is a crucial aspect of feeling secure.
  • Reinforce good behavior. It's easy to scold a child who has done something wrong, but it's harder to remember to praise a child who has done something right. Seek out good behavior and reward it!

Make Learning More Personal

Dry lectures and endless worksheets probably won't inspire your young student to love the learning process. Make their learning environments and the projects they work on more exciting and personal.

Things you can do to keep learning alive for your young student:

  • Let the student make decisions. Allow your child to choose the home classroom decor, pick out fun pencils, or wear favorite slippers to every tutoring session. If there is a choice in projects, let the child choose. You may be surprised what interests your student that day!
  • Know your child's strengths and weaknesses. This helps you tailor their learning environments to their strengths. For instance, a child who loves music may learn a key fact easier if it's taught through a silly song instead of rote memorization.
  • Keep things at their level. Instead of treating your child like someone older or younger, make things more fun by talking to them at their level. If they play with stuffed animals, let their favorite stuffed animals be part of the learning experience, too. There are endless ways you can help your child be more interested in what they're learning.
  • **Use technology. **Don't be afraid to dive right into the latest technology. Create a learning blog with your child, master the online tools on TutorMe together, and explore new ways of connecting with other teachers and students.

Take Care of Yourself

Are you surprised that this is a way to create positive learning environments for your young student? You shouldn't be! You can't take good care of your child if you haven't already taken good care of yourself.

Learn ways to keep yourself positive so you can have a positive influence on your child:

  • Practice good self-regulation.To be self-regulated means you can manage your feelings, words, and actions to align with your overall goals. How you practice self-regulation is different for different people. Exercise is one way to clear your mind and energize your body. Meditation helps some people focus and remain present in the learning experience. Eating healthy is good for everyone, and it sets an excellent example for the student.
  • **Ask for help. **Your child might see you as the all-knowing parent, but you know you have your limits. If you have questions about teaching a concept or answering a specific question, find someone to help you. TutorMe is the perfect place to start. You can let a professional tutor teach that concept you and your child are both struggling with.

TutorMe Can Help Reinforce Your Positive Learning Environment

The tutors on our online educational platform work hard to build positive relationships with each student. They understand that learning goes beyond the actual knowledge of facts. Learning is a process and a life-long habit. Using TutorMe as one aspect of your student's education is a great way to show your child that you care about their success in life.

Online tutoring is designed to be personalized, so your student will relate more to the information. There is no pressure to keep up with the rest of the class because it’s just your student and the tutor, working together to move forward on whatever subject you choose.

We understand that it sometimes takes a few sessions for young students to be comfortable with a tutor. Once that connection is made, you'll find that your student will learn quickly and feel more confident during the tutoring sessions and in the classroom.

To find out how easy it is to integrate TutorMe into your child's learning experience, visit our website.

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