7 Tips For Learning From Home
- Felicity Jefferson
- April 23, 2020
As schools move to online learning due to the current coronavirus pandemic, students are faced with a range of new challenges. The good news is that there are a number of simple strategies that if implemented can help to maximise learning and well-being during this stressful time. Read on for these practical tips for learning from home.
Here is a list of 7 tips to help you (or your child) to learn from home:
- Give enough time before school to wake up properly. It might help to go for a walk, do some stretches or exercises and have some breakfast.
- Take breaks! Between classes make sure to go outside, get some fresh air, stretch your legs and get away from those screens.
- Communicate with the school and teachers if you are struggling. For example, if you need more breaks or are finding the workload too high. Remember this is a whole new world for schools as well so they are still learning what works. It is also likely that other students feel the same. However, if everyone keeps quiet they won’t know and they won’t be able to improve things.
- Separate the area where you do school work from the area where you sleep or relax. When you are trying to unwind it can be difficult if you can see your books in the corner of your eye reminding you of an assignment or other school work. Ideally, you would have a separate area in your home to study. However, even packing away your computer and books in a drawer and covering your desk will eventually remind your brain that it’s time to stop working and help you to relax.
- Create a routine – and stick to it! Have clear start, finish and break times. Give yourself enough time after studying to relax so that you can get a good night’s sleep so that your brain is ready to learn the next day. Right, 2 tips for learning from home to go.
- After school and on the weekends stay connected and have fun. Make time to connect with your friends and family and share your experience. This might mean getting creative with different online apps such as video calls or playing games together online. Enjoy new hobbies (that don’t involve screens) such as reading, painting, gardening or sports such as bike riding or tennis.
- Above all be kind with yourself! Remember that this is actually a really stressful time and you may need to adjust your expectations to account for this. All the changes happening at the moment affect people in different ways, and that’s ok. If you are feeling more down or worried than usual it might be a good time to speak with a psychologist and get some extra support.
This is definitely a whole new world when it comes to learning. The good news is that we are all going through it together. If you can put these strategies in place they should help you to maximise your well-being and happiness. As a result, you can continue to learn (almost) as well as in class.