Teach the Earth > Teaching Methods > First Day of Class > Motivate your Students

Being motivated to learn is absolutely essential to the learning process, so it's worth explicitly focusing on student motivation right from the start. Methods of increasing student motivation to learn include making explicit connections between course content and students' lives, challenging students with a problem-solving task (related to the course), and describing career opportunities in geoscience.

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Making explicit connections between the course material and students' lives

Butte mining district
Open-pit mine in Butte, MT.

Challenging students with a problem-solving task

Highlighting career opportunities in geoscience

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