Aktualisiert: 20. Apr 2020
With schools closed and no signs of them opening up any time soon, students around the world are now homeschooling. That's right, school is now taking place at home. To be exact, your home!
What was your school classroom is now your bedroom or the family kitchen table. This can at first be a little tricky. Your home is not your usual learning environment. It’s normally where you come back to after school to relax, be with your family, eat and sleep. Instead of having your teachers monitor you, motivate and provide structure, you’re suddenly surrounded by loads of distractions, a TV and your siblings!
But learning is very important and in the words of the great rock band Queen, ‘the show must go on'! Here are 8 tips that you can use to successfully learn from home whilst staying healthy, happy and sane!
1. Set up a space…
Learning can happen anywhere. However if you can, you might find it helps to set up a separate space for yourself, where you can focus best. Having a designated workspace will signal to your brain that this is where your learning happens and when you step away from there, you can detach and do other things.
2. And make it pretty
It’s hard to be disciplined whilst working at home, and even harder if the place is a mess. Try and keep your workspace organised, quiet and distraction-free. This will make for a calmer environment and will help you stay concentrated. You can add personal touches such as flowers, your favourite poster or a candle, if that helps.
3. Find routine and make a plan
It can be helpful to structure your day so that you make the most of your time and keep on top of everything you need to do. A routine will help you feel secure, in control and you’ll know what to expect. With the help of your teacher and you parents, make a timetable for your day or week. Create a schedule that includes a balance of academic, creative, physical and social activities with clear expectations for wake-up and bedtimes.
4. Take time out
It’s really important for you to have time to relax and move. Just like in school when you have a short break between subjects and time off for lunch, you should make sure you have regular breaks for playing, relaxing and exercising. There will be times where you struggle to stay focused or feel tired. When that happens, try to stop, get up and do something else. Remember, everyday life, fun, playing and talking are important for learning too.
5. Limit distractions
We are living in an age of information overload. There is constantly something or somebody trying to steal our attention. This affects how well we’re able to learn and stay focused. So whilst studying, try to limit your screen-time. Keep your phone on airplane mode or in a different room so you don’t get distracted by messages or notifications. It's important to be disciplined and create boundaries between study and relaxation. This is something that's difficult for everybody, young and old, but key to maintaining a healthy and productive learning environment.
6. Stay connected
Make the most of modern technology and stay connected with family, friends and your teachers. Make sure you have regular contact, not just by messaging but also by phone and video. Discussing your schoolwork and communicating will help you stay on track and boost your mood. So take the chance to connect with your classmates during your breaks, just like you would at school. Video chat apps like Houseparty and Zoom make this easy and fun.
7. Reach out for help
This is a new situation for most people and with new situations come different challenges and difficulties. If there is something that you’re struggling with or that you don’t understand, then tell your parents, your friends or your teacher. There is always somebody who will listen and wants to help.
8. Be good to yourself
In these times of isolation, it can be a challenge to stay fit, healthy and happy. Take time to look after your physical and mental health. Make sure you keep on doing the things you love and stay in touch with the important people in your life. Use your extra time to learn a new skill, start a new project, develop creative ideas and connect with yourself. Eat your fruit and veg, drink lots of water and get fresh air when and where you can. Don’t give yourself a hard time or beat yourself up for not always performing 100%. Reward yourself when you’ve done something well. You’ll have good days and not so good days and that’s okay. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
Hopefully with these tips you’ll be able to create a positive learning environment from your own home and get through this period feeling in control, relaxed and well prepared for returning to school, whenever that may be.
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