Somaliland: How to Help Students Improve Academic Achievement


Bright students of Nurradin school at an award ceremony in Hargeisa

By: Mohamoud Dahir Omar

Somalilandsun – A student’s negative behavior within an educational environment just may be the result of how that environment is presented. Classroom motivation may be affected by how you, as a teacher, provide encouragement, opportunities, structure and a strong student-teacher relationship.

Self-confidence is an attitude which allows students to have positive yet realistic views of themselves and their situations. Self-confident students trust their own abilities, have a general sense of control in their lives, and believe that, within reason, they will be able to do what they wish, plan, and expect. Having self-confidence does not mean that students will be able to do everything. Self-confident student have expectations that are realistic. Even when some of their expectations are not met, they continue to be positive and to accept themselves.

Students who are not self-confident depend excessively on the approval of other students in order to feel good about them. They tend to avoid taking risks because they fear failure. They generally do not expect to be successful. They often put themselves down and tend to discount or ignore compliments paid to them. By contrast, self-confident student are willing to risk the disapproval of others because they generally trust their own abilities. They tend to accept themselves; they don’t feel they have to conform in order to be accepted.

Teachers themselves can help the students to have self-confidence or not because Students can easily feel discouraged when constantly condemned for their academic faults. In order to encourage motivation in your students, you must first create a positive environment for them. Surprisingly, improving a student’s academic achievement or behavior may only take a compliment or a change in classroom structure.

Students need nurturing from an early age

Providing positive feedback Rather than consistently criticizing a student’s work, praise his strengths within each assignment. He may be more likely to accept and learn from the criticisms when he is provided with a positive evaluation as well. Students may have a hard time grasping material in the classroom. Informing them about extracurricular activities may help improve their performance within the classroom and help boost their confidence and it will present additional learning opportunities.

Structure your classroom time with easy-to-follow activities, without lowering classroom standards. Students comprehend information differently and having patience as a teacher is a key to creating a sense of belonging for students, especially for those who are struggling. It is very important to Offer additional time to students outside of the classroom. Due to looking unintelligent in front of classmates, a student may not raise her hand to admit that He/she does understand the topic being taught. Offering additional time for students who do not feel confident in their learning abilities allows them to feel more secure in asking questions at an interpersonal level. This will create a strong student-teacher relationship that will hopefully continue throughout the school year.

On other hand Student motivation and engagement play an important role in learning and academic achievement. Closely related to motivation is self-discipline, the ability of students to monitor and control their own behaviors. Students who are highly self-disciplined may be able to better focus on long-term goals and make better choices related to academic engagement.

Mohamoud Dahir OmarIn addition, the concept of self-discipline focuses on students’ own ability to engage in (or refrain from engaging in) particular behaviors, rather than reliance on external motivations, rewards, or punishments.

Mohamoud Dahir Omar

Education Analyst

Hargeisa, Somaliland

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