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It takes effort to do well in school.

It takes effort to do well in school.

The success of as many students as possible in school is a common goal for all. Unfortunately, it seems that more and more young people, especially boys, are finding it more and more difficult to do so.

Thus, all stakeholders working in schools, parents, residents and the Ministry of Education and Science are proposing different solutions to rectify the situation: making learning more active, project-based teaching, planning for more physical activity, increasing recruitment of male faculty, or others.

However, the words “efforts, work, focus, flexibility” are absent from speeches heard or read in various media. It must be remembered that learning is a voluntary and conscious act. To succeed, you have to put in the effort, you have to work. So how do you convince students, especially boys, to do what it takes to be successful?


In my opinion, everything should start in the family environment. Why not enable children to participate in household chores, such as helping with defrosting, washing dishes, etc.? In addition, giving great importance to education and reading would be a good start for young people in families. There are a lot of beautiful books geared towards a young audience.

At school, I think it would be better to emphasize students’ efforts, rather than just relying on academic results.

In addition, students must be taught different learning strategies, such as study time management, classroom listening, focus, and memorization. In my opinion, it is necessary to make students more responsible for their own learning.

Moreover, it would be better to stop convincing students that they are in school just to pass exams. Students often think that a school has two purposes: to assess and to learn. However, students who believe that their teachers care more about evaluating their own performance, rather than monitoring their progress, will be less motivated and more afraid to invest in their own learning.

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On the other hand, students who are convinced that school is essentially a place of learning will not hesitate to make efforts, will not be afraid of making mistakes and will want to develop their skills. In terms of academic motivation, the more students believe that school goals align with learning goals, the more likely they are to participate, participate, and continue to strive.


It would also be good to invite personalities from different backgrounds, such as sports, music, theatre, science and literature, so that they can tell the young people about their journey. Likewise, young people should read the inspiring stories of various historical figures who have left us with a legacy of knowledge that is still useful today.

We must persuade young people to learn what they do not want and what they do not know; They should be instructed to ask questions that they would not ask themselves; It is our duty to encourage them to set and achieve new personal goals.

Robert Durocher

Retired high school science teacher, author of Enseigner avec passion (Editions Crescendo) and director of group portraits of Fabulous Women and Men (Editions JFD)

Saint Jerome