3 tips to keep up a good learning spirit 2 1

3 Tips to Keep Up A Good Learning Spirit in Children

Teachers’ Day has just passed, and I am sure all of you have celebrated your dearest teachers in schools and respective tuition centres. As students, friends and family members around me wished me a happy teachers’ day, I began to reflect on what it means to be a teacher.

The fond memories I had of Teachers’ Day started with my sister who was a teacher. I remember the yearly Teachers’ Day gifts she would bring back and how I would wait eagerly for her to return home and open up gifts with her. Back then, I could feel the appreciation that the students had for my sister, and without a doubt, I believe my sister had impacted the lives of those children. That was when I knew that being an educator means more than teaching from textbooks and knowing the right answers. It means that we get to deeply influence a child in ways that we cannot imagine.

Now, as a teacher, my goal is to create opportunities for students to learn. I want to make learning an enjoyable process. More than that, I want to ensure that it is a journey in which every student can discover for themselves how to solve difficult questions on the paper and find that determination in them to tackle other greater challenges in life.

Sounds awfully ambitious, especially when I only see each student 2 hours a week. However, I strongly believe that learning doesn’t just start and end in the classroom and what I should share is more than academic knowledge.

Learning starts with you and does not only happen when there is a teacher. This is why today, I would like to share with you a few tips on how to keep up a good learning spirit that will help you make the best of every opportunity to learn.

3 Tips to Keep Up A Good Learning Spirit in Children. Soft skills.

  1. Try! 

This means that even if you make mistakes, try.

I can accept failures. Everyone fails at something. But i can't accept not trying.

One of the greatest basketball players, Michael Jordan, did not become successful overnight. As a child, he was not the tallest, and his brother and his best friend were much more athletic than he was. However, he did not let that stop him. He continued trying. He trained tirelessly and eventually, his hard work paid off. Although retired, Michael Jordan is still one of the greatest athletes known in the world.

My advice to all my students is, “Try. Never leave a question blank.” I believe that it is better to attempt a difficult question and learn from your mistakes later than to not give it a shot at all and wait for the correct answer.

Trying also means that you push yourself ahead. It is a way of telling yourself, “I may be wrong, but I will be able to do this someday.” By keeping this little word in your mind, you are silently building grit and perseverance daily.

  1. Understand and not just know!

To know is only the surface of attaining knowledge. To understand is the processing and application of knowledge.

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.

What teachers and textbooks can do for you is to impart knowledge. They provide information and facts that are accurate and applicable. However, if you fail to understand how the answer is reached, you will always be stuck at the question.

I recall vividly that I was very weak in Mathematics, and I constantly struggled with problem sums. Once, I went into my brother’s room to seek help in answering a challenging problem sum. Unlike me, he was adept at solving Mathematical problems. He stared at the question for a minute and wrote down 3 numbers on the paper. Those were the answers. I chuckled and said, “I have the answers, but I need to know how to get the answers!” My brother laughed too. Then, he explained the question to me and gave me the first equation. I looked at the tall boy with wide eyes. His reply was simply, “Find the next step. You have to do it on your own to understand.”

That incident is etched in my mind. From then on, I knew that understanding was more crucial to learning than knowing the answer. Only by understanding, can you progress in your learning.

  1. Can you teach it?

When I was in Primary School, my favourite pastime was to play “pretend classroom”. The first step was to take a lot of unwanted paper and scribble random names on them to make them worksheets. Next, I would use the living room as my classroom and distribute the worksheets to my invisible students who were seated on the floor. Finally, I would teach.

However, I was not teaching randomly. I was teaching what I had learnt in school that day. My favourite subject was Chinese and I would take out my textbook and pretend to scribble on the wall, which was my whiteboard, the vocabulary I had learnt that day. More than that, I would move on to explain the meaning of the words and phrases to… no one. However, playing “pretend classroom” helped me tremendously in my learning. I went on to achieve distinctions in all my Chinese examinations and even won an award for my Chinese composition.

As I entered University, I struggled to explain certain complex concepts to my friends who did not take the same course as I did. That was when I realised that when I cannot explain or teach what I have learnt, it means that I have not fully understood the information that I have read or been taught.


Can you teach it?

This particular quote struck me hard. As an educator, I want to constantly expand my knowledge, but more than that, I want to be able to impart knowledge.

For students, I believe that learning becomes effective when you are able to teach or explain to your peers what you have learnt. If you can teach it, you can perfect it. 

It is not easy to be an educator, and I do not mean an educator by profession. Parents, you too are educators in your children’s lives, and students, you too are educators in your siblings’ and peers’ lives. However, if we can all constantly encourage one another to pursue learning, education, attending school and tuitions will not longer be daunting for us.

I hope that you have enjoyed the post!

Final quote of the day:



If you have any inspirational quotes that you would like to share, feel free to post it in the comments below! 


Group 48 7 1
Ms. Sze Li

Ms Tan Sze Li is an English Teacher at Lil’ but Mighty. As a teacher, she strongly believes that learning is a journey for everyone – student and teacher alike. After every lesson, the students leave with new knowledge. Her hope is to inspire students to become inquisitive learners who will spark a change in the world with their thirst for knowledge.

Have something to share? Drop us a comment below!

Leave a Reply


Other related posts

Creative Writing | 3 Easy Steps to Write Your Own Haiku!
Verbs: More than Just Action Words! | Part 3: Changes in Verb Forms
Ketchup on English! – is, are, was and were!
Audience In Visual Text | Visual Text Comprehension
Exploring Points of View (POV) in Composition Writing
Metaphors For? | Part II – Implied Metaphors
10 Beautiful Vivid Verbs to Boost Your Writing and Oral! | Primary School English
Metaphors For? | Part I – An Introduction to Metaphors
3 Family-Friendly Shows on Netflix (Educational & Entertaining)!
Verbs: More than Just Action Words! | Part 2: Tenses
2021 Father’s Day Contest Winners
Verbs: More than Just Action Words! | Part 1: Subject-Verb Agreement
10 Beautiful Words You Can Use in Narrative / Descriptive Writing | Secondary School
Ways To Create A Well-Rounded Character | Creative Writing
Understanding Purpose-Related Questions in Visual Text Comprehension
How Playing Video Games Can Improve Our English (With Practical Tips for Parents!)
Primary School Composition | Onomatopoeia – What’s That?
2021 Mother’s Day Contest Winners + Our Founder’s Journey (Mother’s Day Special)!
Composition Revision: Using Your 5 Senses in Your Writing
How to Create A Dynamic Piece of Writing Using Idioms
Ketchup on English! – Subject-Verb Agreement
Punctuation Marks: Colon Vs. Semicolon
4 steps to Create Suspense
That Simile Though 2 | Using Stronger Similes
How to Avoid Plot Holes in Your Story!
PSLE ORAL | Compiled Prelim 2021 Oral Topics + Questions!
If you’re looking at getting recent PSLE Prelim Oral topics and practice questions, this will be an excellent resource for you!
5 Steps to Convert a Newspaper Article into a Cloze Passage
I would like to share with you 5 steps on how authentic articles can be transformed into cloze passages easily. Read on here!
PSLE English | Oral Conversation: Free SG50 Sample Practice + Model Answers
In this blogpost we will be touching on the oral stimulus-based conversation topic of National Day and SG50! Read on here!
PSLE English | Oral Conversation: Filling your Story with Details Easily + Free Revision Cards
By simply using the 5W1H, your children will be able to lengthen their stories (hence, the conversation!). Read on here!
PSLE English | Situational Writing: Q&A + Formal vs Informal Writing Comparison Chart
To aid you in your situational writing revision, here is a comparison chart that shows the differences between formal and informal writing!
PSLE English Tips | Oral: Stimulus-Based Conversation Checklist
To help my children handle the Stimulus-Based Conversation examination, here are some instructions again about using the checklist!
A Little Encouragement | DIY Motivational Bookmark (Easy to personalise too!)
A bookmark with a quote to motivate is also a chance for them to see the power of words and how words can mean more than what they seem.
Situational Writing: Step-by-Step Guide + Free Revision Card
I believe a walkthrough on the process of doing situational writing is in order. Here are the requirements for content and language!
I Love Reading | 5 Ways to Motivate Reluctant Readers
One of the most important ingredients necessary for a child or anyone learning English is the habit of reading. Get motivated to read now!
PSLE English | Printable Ultimate Grammar & Synthesis Summary
Today, we are sharing two lists of essentials in our Ultimate Grammar and Synthesis Summary Printable. Download them free here!
How Well Do You Know Your Past Participles?
While we are familiar with the past, present and future tenses, the little less known but equally important tense is the past participles.
Primary Composition Writing | Starting Sentences with Introductory Clauses
Today, we'll be revising the use of sentence starters to help you create variety in your sentence structures. Read on here!
The Sentence Train | Lower Primary English
Today, we are going to learn what makes up a sentence. It will come in handy when you do the word order activity in school! Read on here!
PSLE English Tips | Oral: Reading Checklist
This Oral Reading Checklist can be used by children when they practise reading on their own. Download it now!
Language of COVID | 10 Words Added to the Dictionary
Using Personification to Show, Not Tell!
Expressing Character Feelings Too! | Using Show-Not-Tell (Part 2)
How to Choose a Book to Read: 8 Ways
How to Dress Up A Boring Paragraph | Creative Writing
Ketchup on English! – Halloween Special: Prepositions of Time!
Ketchup on English! – Verbs Are Not Just Action Words!
Expressing Character Feelings | Using Show-Not-Tell
Which Picture Should I Use? | Choosing the Best Picture to Use for Composition!
Oral: Reading Passage | Long Vowels – Have You Been Reading Your Vowels Correctly?

Like what you are reading?

Subscribe now to receive news and tips hot off the press!

shape icon 06
shape icon 05