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Distance Learning Tips & Strategies
Create a Schedule:
- Here is an example of how you can schedule your day: Distance Learning Schedule
- Dedicate chunks of time each day for school work. This will give you structure and a routine to follow, which will help keep procrastination under control and give you a sense of purpose for the day.
- If needed, set alarms for when it is time to start school work, and also when it is time to take a break so that you don’t spend too much time doing one or the other.
- Using reminder and calendar functions on your phone can help you stay on top of tasks.Use a planner or chart for school tasks for the day or week.
- Write down the times you will have to sign in for video chats, assignments and due dates, and upcoming work or tests.
- Breaks help your brain digest the information you have been reading or studying, while also breaking up your day into different activities.
- Fit in some activity or exercise between school sessions, even if it is only 5-10 minutes. Connect with others briefly. Even cleaning your room serves as a pause from your studies.
- If a distraction pops into your head, write it down, but get back to the task.
- Utilize alarms if you find you are taking too many breaks, or too long of a break.
- Having a specific, well organized workspace can help your mind focus whenever you sit down to work.
- During your dedicated study time, try to disconnect from distractions like social media, your phone, or television so that you are able to focus on what you really need to get done. Use apps like Freedom or ColdTurkey to limit interruptions and block social media sites.
- Not all students are alike—some work best listening to music, while others need peace and quiet. Experiment to discover which type of setting boosts your productivity.
- If you’re a morning person, make time to study first thing. More of a night owl? Set aside an hour or two after dinner to cozy up to your computer.
- If you’re prone to distractions, ensure that your space eliminates any and all - phones, extra tabs open on your computer, windows to the outside world, siblings bugging you, etc.
- Don’t hesitate to ask questions or request clarification from other students and teachers. Distance learning is new for nearly all students and teachers at this time, so we can all help each other through it.
- Ask questions as soon as you have them. Don’t convince yourself that you will eventually learn the subject, only to find out a week later that you still do not understand the topic.
- Make a chart of your teacher’s office hours so that you need to ask a question, it’s easy to know when you can do that next.
- In a traditional classroom setting, you receive verbal or visual reminders of an assignment’s upcoming due date. Without a teacher actively reminding you, it’s up to you to make sure you’ve allotted enough time to complete the work and can track the due dates.
- Pair up with a fellow classmate to check in as an accountability partner.
- It can be tempting for students to delay working through the course material, thinking they’ll find time later in the week. But online coursework is like exercise – you never find the time for it, you make the time for it.
Here is a comprehensive list of online resources to help you through the change to online school opportunities! Distance Learning Resource Document
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