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Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

Students Lack Interest or MotivationStep 2: Identify Reasons

Identify possible reasons for the problem you have selected.
To find the most effective strategies, select the reason that best describes your situation, keeping in mind there may be multiple relevant reasons.

Students lack interest or motivation

Students see little value in the course or its content.

Students do not believe that their efforts will improve their performance.

Students are demotivated by the structure and allocation of rewards.

Students do not perceive the classroom climate as supportive.

Students have other priorities that compete for their time and attention.

Individual students may suffer from physical, mental, or other personal problems that affect motivation.

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