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How to deal with a student that isn't motivated to learn and refuses to study because "it's too difficult"?

Feb 12, 2015 7:23am

I am teaching a 13-year-old programming. I am not a professional teacher, but I used to teach teenagers and adults before. But all the students I had before were interested in becoming IT-specialists and cooperated with me. This boy doesn't want to learn programming - his mom wants him to learn it. When I ask him questions or give him tasks, very often he just tries to change the subject, or says "I don't know, it's too hard". He doesn't even try. When I try to explain every little thing I show him, he seems to understand, but he says it's too difficult for him to "put it all together". Generally, he seems depressed and not motivated to do anything, not just work with me, but he seems to hate programming with a particular passion. I tried to convince him it's cool and showed a lot of things that made other teens go "wow, I want to do this too!", but he's just indifferent. I try to encourage him and convince him he can do it, but that doesn't work either. What do I do?

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    • Feb 15, 2015 12:35am

      It is a good idea to give him a sense of achievement. You can start by grouping him with other students telling them to help him do the tasks, or assign him some responsibilities so he can control things. Little by little once he understands he can manage things perhaps he will come out of his shell and starts to cooperate.