Now that school is transitioning to online, there’s no reason to slack off. Just because the dining room table doesn’t have the classroom-like appeal, doesn’t mean schoolwork and study should be taken lightly. For students, the current online situation is an opportunity to be more productive. With extra time and fewer distractions, Students have the privilege to be more engaged and expand their learning and knowledge. To help ensure that online school days are just as productive, try implementing these tips:
- Set up a Study Space: Cowering on the bed with a laptop in between the legs won’t help students learn nor their posture. Designating a space either in a common area of the house or in the student’s bedroom with a desk and appropriate furniture will assist in developing the classroom mentality.
- Get Dressed: Being both physically prepared with a study space and mentally prepared by getting ready for the day will trick the mind into thinking it’s a normal school day. Pyjamas might be comfortable but won’t get the creative juices flowing. Encourage students to get out of their pyjamas and into something just as comfortable, but online-school appropriate.
- Schedule Learning Blocks: If the school has advised students to follow their normal timetable, learning blocks have already been created for students. However, in the case where students have free reign over their virtual timetables, allocate learning blocks throughout the day. Schedule in times where the student is studying and taking a break, just like any other school day.
- Get Rid of Distractions: Distractions at home may be an even bigger competitor than when at school. With access to smartphones, social media and little siblings to annoy, students need to ensure their study spaces are distraction-free. Adjust the mobile phone to ‘Do Not Disturb’, close tabs on laptops that aren’t appropriate for learning and promote other family members to leave the student alone while in their designated study time block.
- Ask Questions: If the online format being used allows for questions and communication amongst teachers, use the opportunity. Just like in any normal classroom, ask relevant questions that will assist in completing the tasks. Additionally, use email correspondence with teachers where appropriate to ensure understanding of concepts.
- Collaborate and Engage with other Peers: They might not be in the study space with students, but the opinions and thoughts of other peers are always useful. Encourage students to organise a facetime or Zoom study session with several peers so that discussion can be made. This is also a great way to consolidate concepts and review the work covered by the teacher.