Is Motivating Students a lecturer’s Responsibility?

3500Motivating students to the extent they can is arguably a partial responsibility of undergraduate lecturer. At the graduate level, I think its more a nice to have. 

I think the lecture’s responsibility with regard to motivation is primarily the following. First, to encourage and cultivate passion of the students (mostly by living it out & by pointing out heroes). Second, to encourage and cultivate their curiosity. And third is to help students make connections of relevance (help the students with a practical and perhaps emotional ). And they can also help student setting their goals and connect students with the campus resources.

If a lecturer doesn’t motivate, then it will be difficult for the students to take an interest in the course that the lecturer teaches. A lot of being a lecturer is leadership, that is, to inspire other people to do things that they might not do otherwise. By leading students, inspiring students, the subject materials become accessible to the students because they are willing to work a bit hard to understand them.

The students also have a part in motivation. It is important that the students take an interest in learning the materials required. Students need to provide feedback to the lecturer to let the lecturer knows if they are learning and more importantly, what is not be learned. So motivation is two way communication.

And then to conclude that, I think the term mentoring would be better than motivating. A good college lecturer mentors his or her students. Note that I use the word lecturer who is more than a teacher. Students need to be motivated if they expect to succeed, and frankly, any college student especially a graduate student is already motivated. It is when these students become discouraged that a good mentor can help. But in my experience, only the student can sort this out.

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8 thoughts on “Is Motivating Students a lecturer’s Responsibility?

  1. Hi there I think that I have suggestions for your post,
    In the second paragraph, i think its better for you to add “is” after first and second to begin the sentence and also for the sentence “they can also help student setting their goals and connect students with the campus resources” I think its better to add some word, like “they can also help student to set their goals and to connect them with the campus resources” thank you

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  2. Talking about the content itself, I do agree that students motivation could grow through the support of both parties, the lecturer and the students themselves. As an educator, a lecturer has an obligation to assist the students in the learning process as well as motivating them. However, in reality, there were also found obstacles regarding students motivation, in which it is not merely fault of the lecturers, but strong willingness from the students themselves. One could be successfully achieved only if both parties give the same effort to reach their goals.
    It is an interesting topic anyways, thank you.

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  3. What a nice post! but I think some correction could make it better
    At the beginning of the third paragraph there should be an object so its become “if the lecturer doesn’t motivate the students (the object), it will be difficult for then to have an interest with the course. And for the last sentence in third paragraph its better to add “in addition” to correlate the sentence with the previous one. Keep writing!

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  4. such an interesting article! I’ll do some revision and some of suggestion. First is, “the students because they are willing to work a bit hard to understand them.” you had to have coma after “the students”, and also “a bit hard” to “a bit harder” to have a comparison.
    Second is, ” to let the lecturer knows if they are learning and more importantly, what is not be learned.” change to “to let the lecturer knows what is best to be learn and not to be learn in the course”. so this can make your reader more easy to understand what you’ll saying.
    And last but not least is, I think no need “then” in the last paragraph, so just starts with “to conclude that” because I think is no need to use a connecting word for that sentences and also add come after “note that,” at your third sentence in your last paragraph. After that still in your last paragraph I think “to succeed” should be followed by verb 1 so its become “to success”.

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  5. Is Motivating Students a lecturer’s Responsibility?

    Motivating students to the extent they can is arguably a partial responsibility of undergraduate lecturer. At the graduate level, I think it’s more a nice to have.

    I think the lecture’s responsibility with regard to motivation is primarily the following. First, is to encourage and cultivate passion of the students (mostly by living it out & by pointing out heroes). Second, is to encourage and cultivate their curiosity. And third, is to help students make connections of relevance (help the students with a practical and perhaps emotional). And they can also help student set their goals and to connect students with the campus resources.

    If a lecturer doesn’t motivate the students, then it will be difficult for them to take an interest in the course that the lecturer teaches. A lot of being a lecturer is leadership, that is, to inspire other people to do things that they might not do otherwise. In addition, by leading and inspiring students, the subject materials become accessible to the students because they are willing to work a bit harder to understand them.

    The students also have a part in motivation. It is important that the students take an interest in learning the materials required. Students need to provide feedback to the lecturer to let the lecturer knows what is best to be learn and not to be learn in the course. So motivation is two way communications.

    To conclude that, I think the term mentoring would be better than motivating. A good college lecturer mentors his or her students. Note that, I use the word lecturer who is more than a teacher. Students need to be motivated if they expect to success, and frankly, any college student especially a graduate student is already motivated. It is when these students become discouraged that a good mentor can help. But in my experience, only the student can sort this out.

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  6. Hi, what an interesting topic to be discussed!
    Anyways, I have some suggestions to improve your writing in this article, especially on the second paragraph. To mention several points, you could use numbers as a sequence, such as first, second, and third. However, there is no need to put the word ‘and’ in the beginning of the new sentence. ‘And’ works as a conjunction and is supposed to be linking different phrases on the same sentence, not on the different sentence. It would be better if you use ‘the third objective is to help students in making connections…’ and ‘finally, the other goal is to help students to set their goals…’.
    Good luck!

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  7. Hello there!
    I think it would be better if you change the last sentence on the fourth paragraph into ‘Hence, it could be said that building motivation needs to involve a two-way communication, involving both parties which include the students and the lecturers’.
    Thank you and good luck!

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  8. Is Motivating Students a lecturer’s Responsibility?

    Motivating students to the extent they can is arguably a partial responsibility of undergraduate lecturer. At the graduate level, I think it’s more a nice to have.

    I think the lecture’s responsibility with regard to motivation is primarily the following. First, is to encourage and cultivate passion of the students (mostly by living it out & by pointing out heroes). Second, is to encourage and cultivate their curiosity. The third objective is to help students make connections of relevance (help the students with a practical and perhaps emotional). And finally, the other goal is to help student set their goals and to connect students with the campus resources.

    If a lecturer doesn’t motivate the students, then it will be difficult for them to take an interest in the course that the lecturer teaches. A lot of being a lecturer is leadership, that is, to inspire other people to do things that they might not do otherwise. In addition, by leading and inspiring students, the subject materials become accessible to the students because they are willing to work a bit harder to understand them.

    The students also have a part in motivation. It is important that the students take an interest in learning the materials required. Students need to provide feedback to the lecturer to let the lecturer knows what is best to be learn and not to be learn in the course. Hence, it could be said that building motivation needs to involve a two-way communication, involving both parties which include the students and the lecturers.

    To conclude that, I think the term mentoring would be better than motivating. A good college lecturer mentors his or her students. Note that, I use the word lecturer who is more than a teacher. Students need to be motivated if they expect to success, and frankly, any college student especially a graduate student is already motivated. It is when these students become discouraged that a good mentor can help. But in my experience, only the student can sort this out.

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