Part 1: Student Tips for Virtual Learning
By: Eddie Riley, CLCS Administrator
As the possibility of a return to virtual learning is mandated from the State authorities, I wanted to share with you some tips for both parents and students to make the most out of the remote learning platform. Regardless of whether it is the result of COVID precautions, sickness, inclement weather or parental choice, these tips could help in making the experience productive and positive.
Here you will find tips for getting the most out of learning at home as well as how to stay happy and healthy during these uncertain times.
1. Create routines. Try to get up and go to bed at the same time every day. When you have routines and structure, your day runs smoother, you’re more productive and you feel more on top of things.
2. Have a schedule. Set up a schedule that allows time for school-work, physical activity, and relaxation/free time. There are sample schedules online, or you can create your own.
3. Stay organized. Have a system for keeping track of assignments and due dates. Write assignments in a planner or use an app on your phone. Either way, make sure you always know what is due and when.
4. Set goals. Set some short-term academic and personal goals, such as having all of your schoolwork finished by a certain time of the day, or engaging in at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
5. Have a dedicated study space. Whether it’s your room, the kitchen table, or the patio, have a space that’s clean, organized and quiet for you to do your schoolwork.
6. Minimized distractions. You home probably isn’t the ideal learning environment, so it’s important to make it as learning friendly as possible. Turn off the TV, silence your phone, and eliminate as many interruptions and distractions as possible.
7. Build community. Learning is hard to do all by yourself. Regularly communicate with classmates and friends—talk about the work you’re doing, things you are having a hard time with, and just life in general.
8. Stay up-to-date on communication. Whether it’s formal announcements from the school, or lesson plans from your teachers, it’s important to read all school communications. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
9. Have a growth mindset. When you encounter a challenge of any kind it’s helpful to have a growth mindset. Remote learning can certainly be challenging at times. With a growth mindset, you don’t complain and give up when something is hard. You get creative ask for help, or try to do things differently you look inside and find your most determined self.
10. Be patient. Be patient with your teachers and with yourself. This is a frustrating confusing time, and we’re all trying to figure it out.
11. Be productive: take advantage of the increased amount of home time by stepping away from your screens and engaging in meaningful activities: reading, taking a walk, work on useful tasks (cooking, helping out, cleaning your closet), pick a hobby, develop a skill, write a journal.
With the uncertainty of school closures and at-home learning it’s normal to be concerned about your education and to even be a bit overwhelmed. While keeping our school community safe continues to be our number one priority, making sure that our students continue to learn and grow is also a top priority. I will follow up in next week’s article with tips for parents.
Finally, in many ways, the pandemic was, and continues to be, a traumatic event—and dealing with any traumatic event can be scary, frustrating, and isolating. Be sure to share your feelings with your parents, friends, or anyone with whom your feel comfortable sharing. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.” (Prov. 3:5-6).