Make them Receptive

You may be teaching a tiny tot, a school/college student or an adult. Whoever may be the student the basic requirement is that he needs to be receptive to your lesson to understand it. That means your student should be in a “receptive” mood or in other words, emotionally and intellectually ready to receive and comprehend what you are teaching. There are different teaching and training strategies that you can employ to make your students more receptive and to help them more focused and attentive. There is no sure-fire way to make students receptive, but these tips will help you to achieve your goals to a certain extent.

The first and foremost step towards making your students receptive is to develop an emotional relationship with them. Along with this, be prepared to answer the two key questions such as ‘why is this topic important to me, as an individual?’, ‘How is it going to help me in my life/work?’ If your sessions address their needs, naturally they will get receptive and oriented. When your students realize that you care and pay attention to them, they will also pay attention to and get engaged with whatever you are trying to teach. Your care and attentiveness can be displayed by way of feedback. Share comments for everything your students do. Let them know whether or not they are on the right track. Share formative feedback on classroom behaviour, homework, assignments, performance in tests and engage in serious academic discussions with them. Being precise and making your plans to the point will definitely help the students to be more receptive. They will not have patience to follow a long winded lesson plan. Make it bite sized, to give them an effective learning experience.

Once they turn receptive take care to retain it. Give them activities that make them think more and go above and beyond their existing level. Provide assignments of a higher level that stimulate their academic and intellectual growth. Ask direct questions, encourage them saying that they can do something beneficial outside their curriculum. When they get due recognition for doing different things, you will start to win them over to your side. These are some strategies that can help you to make your students more receptive and engaged. The best thing you can do for receptive students is to keep you also engaged together with them. If you are not enthusiastic, excited, and committed about what you are teaching, you can’t expect your students to be engaged and receptive to your discussions.

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