maintain study motivation

maintain study motivation

How to maintain study motivation with a dyslexic teen

Last time, I told you how I made training videos for my daughter. It worked for a while but keeping a dyslexic teen motivated needs more. Their brains are like wild horses. When they hit a challenge it can be like watching them being thrown off a horse. Part of you just wants to say “school doesn’t matter. You’ll find your way. Stop the pain.”

We just want a nice tame horse for them to make life easier and less painful. Taming their brains may not be an option but respecting how their brains work and learning to ride bareback is definitely doable. Your dyslexic teen will need to learn a way of riding that allows a balance between freedom and control. This is what proper use of the mind mapping does.

The biggest challenge is keeping motivated to get back on the horse for the 10th time. There’s one simple magic answer: Watching others get back on a wild horse.

The Power of Study Group

This led to the next unexpected breakthrough in this journey which was the power of a study group. There’s nothing more inspiring than watching another child or teenager like you struggling, get thrown off, dust themselves off and get back on and keep riding that bucking bronco. It makes you hungry to try again.

I’ve seen that moment time and again. Where someone who has been mind mapping for only 3 weeks explains an experimental map they did about an English essay to the group. Another child sees it and lights up with possibilities and thinks “I could do that!”. It’s priceless. That moment can carry you for years. It could unlock a lifetime of possibilities. Solo tutoring doesn’t do this. Dyslexics are often very social creatures. We need each other.

I could do that!

Band of Wild Horse Riders

maintain study motivation

At BulletMap Studio we put a huge effort into creating online study groups via video conference. We bring together bands of fellow wild horse owners and journey together. Something special happens each time. It’s more than just learning to ride through the land of exams. You realise that other people of all ages ride wild horses and now you can go places together.

I’d like to invite you on one of these expeditions with another band of wild horse riders. It won’t always be easy. But I can assure you it will be fun, fast and very fruitful. If you haven’t subscribe to our email list yet, please subscribe now. We’ll send you valuable videos on Study Skills, mind mapping, dyslexia and high school, free.

Can I give you a glimpse into the joy of a study group? This video is 4 minutes of parents and children talking spontaneously about how the course literally transformed whole parts of their family lives for the better.

Next time, I’ll show you what a dyslexic child’s school day with study skills might look like by redrawing the “Day in the life of John” but this time with a map in his hand 🙂

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Darius Namdaran

Darius Namdaran

Darius is a teacher and MD of BulletMap™ Studio. He's passionate about helping dyslexic children, and their parents, get through High School with their confidence intact. From his own experience with dyslexia and raising children with dyslexia he has developed an online training business designed to equip and encourage dyslexic teenagers in their journey through High School.
His company produces Mindmap videos full of tips and encouragement to help understand dyslexia and to thrive in High School.
He is the designer and senior tutor of the first Mind mapping course for Dyslexic Teenagers called the BulletMap Method.

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