How Can I Reduce Student Apathy and Increase Motivation?


Student Apathy, Increase Motivation, Student Programs


It’s a question that probably makes you cringe.

The only reason your students are paying attention is because something might show up on an exam.

It’s not because they care about what you’re saying.

And if whatever you are talking about is not going to be on the test? You can probably cue the texting, the daydreaming, and the dozing.

Student apathy. It’s just a fact of life in higher education.

Or is it?

Certainly different students have different motivation levels, and some students won’t care no matter what you do.

But they might just be the exceptions and not the rule. In fact, you have more control than you might realize, and there are things you can do to improve student focus and connection to the course.

If you want to learn proven strategies that get your students more engaged, you’ll want to watch How Can I Reduce Student Apathy and Increase Motivation?

Original Publication Citation

Griffin, Tyler J., Alford, Kenneth L. (2014). “How Can I Reduce Student Apathy and Increase Motivation?” Magna Publication Inc. 20-Minute Mentor DVD, Madison, Wisconsin.

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Ancient Scripture

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Associate Professor