Due to the lockdown many students have had to revise the way they study, many have had to trade their physical classrooms for virtual classes. Many learners have no option but to adapt to correspondence/distance learning which they did not sign up for. With the cold weather, studying from the comfort of home can be considered a blessing in disguise. However, not everyone is geared for distance learning and often parents need to help their children navigate through this new method of learning, while they also need to adapt to the new method of working from home.
How can you make a success of distance learning for yourself or your child?
Plan, plan, plan
Maintaining a regular schedule as one would follow if they were physically at school will help. Draw up a schedule and place it where you can easily see it. Set aside specific times for schoolwork, chores, and other important matters. In order for your plan to be successful, you need to stick to it.
It is rare to be motivated all of the time, however, lack of motivation is not a free ticket to get away with not doing what is required. Where motivation lacks, self-discipline needs to step up in order for you to overcome procrastination. Set goals for what you need to accomplish. That way it will be easier for you to complete your assignments/ workload.
Create a dedicated space to study
Have on hand all the materials you need. Make your learning environment comfortable, but not cosy. You’re there to work, not to snooze! If you can’t have a dedicated area for your schoolwork, maybe the kitchen or a bedroom could be set aside as your study space during your school/study period. Remove anything that will disrupt your concentration.
You may have to make certain adjustments in order to make the space suitable for study purposes.
Learn to focus
Focusing may not be as easy for everyone and thus may require you to learn how to do it. When faced with a number of tasks, multitasking may seem like a great way to make headway through your workload, but multitasking is not as good as it is made out to be. You are more likely to make mistakes and take longer to complete your work if you try to do several things at once. Rather concentrate on the subject at hand and complete it successfully before embarking on the next one.
In order to focus, you will also need to ensure that you eliminate all possible distractions as much as possible. This may include putting away or switching off devices which are not being used for studying, or even switching off notifications from devices while you study.
Take a break
Take small but frequent breaks in order to keep yourself invigorated. It can be a struggle to sit down for hours on end, so getting up often makes it easier to pay attention and keep a good attitude. However, don’t let the breaks take over the time allocated for work.
Take care of your health
When faced with busy schedules or tight deadlines, it may be tempting to neglect sleep and exercise, it may be tempting to reach out for the unhealthy snacks as a means to “reward yourself.” Sleeping moderately and exercising actually increases productivity levels. A healthy diet will aid in increasing your energy levels. So do all things in moderation remembering that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind.
We wish all of the students, whether studying full time or part time, as well as those who support them, all of the best with their studies during this unique period as we all navigate our way through the era of the Corona Virus.
The article contains information from www.jw.org/en