By Justine Pitt, Centre Manager of Oxford Learning London North


It’s easy enough to recognize a student who isn’t motivated in school—there is forgotten homework, misplaced assignments, poor test performance, and frequent complaints about disliking school.


An unmotivated child is not a happy student.


Not surprisingly, school dissatisfaction usually goes hand-in-hand with poor grades.


When we’re asked by parents to help their child get better grades, one of the first things that we look at is how motivated the child is to learn. That’s because motivation is key to improving grades. Without motivation, students have no personal drive to improve.


Parents can become frustrated by what they may see as apathy in their child. What is difficult to understand is that motivation is an inner drive, so attempting to explain the importance of school is often ineffective in helping children develop an interest in school.


While telling a child that strong reading, writing, and math skills are important to be successful in life, it rarely means much to the average ten-year-old. Yes, learning, achieving, and succeeding are qualities adults recognize as important, but children need to understand the importance of these things in ways that make sense to them in the context of their lives. Each child is unique and the motivating reasons will be as individual as each child.


All children are capable of possessing great amounts of motivation. Give any 10-year-old a new video game and they have the drive to get to level 5 without much prompting or coaching. In fact, in life one of the greatest learned feats is the acquisition of language. Babies begin to learn language because they are driven to understand and to make sense of their world. It’s a huge accomplishment that requires a large amount of motivation. It is also a great example of how, with a little motivation, any goal can be achieved.


Children can be taught to read. They can be taught how to count. They can be taught how to create the most complicated sentence structures and the tricks to solve the toughest algebra equations. But without motivation, they are just being taught. They are not learning, nor are they thinking actively.


We help students of all ages tap into what excites them about learning. Whether it is hockey, art, dance, history, or space travel. Our programs help students develop better thinking and learning skills so that they get better grades. It’s no surprise that with improved marks comes the motivation to get even better grades.


We love being able to help students become excited about learning!


For more information about how Oxford Learning’s programs can help students become motivated, contact your closest Oxford Learning Centre:


Oxford Learning London North 519.654.0651

Oxford Learning Byron 519.472.3321

Oxford Learning Southwest 519.473.0375



Jennifer McCallum

Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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