While College is closed and remote learning is taking place, we’ve put together some tips to help students make productive use of their time.
Get into a Routine
This means setting your alarm if you need help to get up in the morning, having a shower and getting dressed, rather than trying to do your work in your pyjamas. Have breakfast and make sure you are doing what you would normally have done before coming into College. It will put you in the right frame of mind to work.
Maintain Regular Hours
Schedule your time, putting time aside for each of your courses and individual topics/assignments and stick to it. If you want to use your normal College timetable to help you allocate your time that would work well. Remember your teachers will be available for you to communicate with during those timetabled slots. If another way works for you that’s fine, as long as you stick to your plan.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have their own laptop. Some students may be sharing resources with other siblings. Come up with a fair allocation of those resources so you can all get access to the materials you need to complete your work. Make sure you keep your study space tidy, so you can find what you need when you need it.
Make sure you have a clear study space, away from the TV and Games consul and put your phone away or on silent so you are not distracted. This will make the time you have set aside for work an efficient use of your time. There will be time enough in your schedule for leisure activities.
Just as you get breaks in College, make sure you schedule breaks at home. Stopping for something to drink and a proper lunch will enable you to work effectively without getting fatigued. This might include getting some fresh air or taking a walk. You might want to set aside 20 minutes to call a friend or catch up on texts and social media messages, but be disciplined with your time and return to your studies when you have schedule the end of your break.
If you need help… Ask
You are not on your own! This is not a holiday and teachers are still working. Just because they are not standing in front of you in a classroom, they are still there to guide your learning. Make sure you check for any communications they send out and ask questions if you need help. Your Academic Coach is also just a phone call/Tyber message away and they want to support you as much as they can.
Approach this challenge with a positive mental attitude and engage in the process. If you are in Year 12 you are going to need to know the theory we are covering during this period of remote learning in order to cope with Year 13 study when formal lessons resume. Year 12 students will be completing progression exams when teaching resumes and you need to be ready for those. For Year 13 students, just because there are no exams does not mean there is nothing for you to do. You need to make sure you are ready for progression onto university, apprenticeships and employment and this remote learning will ensure you are.
Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
This is a difficult time for everyone. Accept that and set yourself achievable goals. Don’t try to do too much and don’t get down-hearted if you are finding a topic difficult. Help will be available if you need it.