Tips to help low achievers

I Refer back to the expectancy model. According to this model, for a person to be motivated, three things are required-

1.      Attractiveness of the rewardValence)

2.      Belief that he can do it and (Instrumentality)

3.      Belief that if does it, reward will follow (Expectancy).

Motivation can be expressed as formula: M = V X I X V. Even if one of them is zero, the net effect will be zero.


Some of you may recall the example that I gave in that discussion, with a snub from none other than Anshu, about my marrying Aishwarya Rai (she was not married till then!). Though the end point was attractive, I knew that even if I want, I cannot do it and even if I do, I will not succeed. Hence my motivation towards this task was nil ( that is how Abhishek succeeded!!!). Students want good marks but they have to believe that they can prepare for it and if they work, good marks will follow (Tejinder).

After going through causes and problems of low achievements, let us try to design few helpful tips for them. I have drawn these from the responses of the fellows and some of the studies done on students.

          I am sure all of you will add a lot of tips during the discussion, so that at the end of the month we have concrete steps to implement for low achievers.

Some  of the tips:

· Earning the respect of your students. One receives respect when respect is given. In other words, you as the teacher cannot demand respect if you don’t set the example by first giving respect.

· Have clear and attainable learning intentions and to share them with the students.

· Eliminate achievement disparities between groups of students

· Maximize resource efficiency

· It is essential that STUDENTS are a part of the communication process in order for assessment to be used FOR helping low achievers.

· Invite via e-mail, or personal appearance – one on one advising.

Some guiding questions:

Where am I going?

Provide a clear statement of the learning target

Use examples and models

Where am I now?

Offer regular descriptive feedback

Teach students to self-assess and set goals

How can I get there?

Design focused lessons

Engage students in self-reflection; let them keep track of and share their learning

Research about what students need for success in the GAP:

• Skills/strategies/knowledge of content

• To be goal oriented-MOTIVATION

• To be strategy proficient

• Mentors and connections