Updated: Oct 29, 2019
We often underestimate the importance of motivation in learning, or sometimes even overlook it. When a child is not motivated to learn, even if he were compliant in sitting down for hours and hours with you, results might still be minimal and disproportionate to the amount of time spent.
There are two subgroups of motivation, extrinsic and intrinsic. Ultimately, intrinsic motivation takes a longer time to develop, but is the ideal. It refers to one being motivated by their own interest and curiosity to find out more and getting that sense of accomplishment just from task completion alone. Meanwhile, while a child still may not be intrinsically motivated to learn, we can use extrinsic motivation such as reinforcers to motivate the child.