The current Coronavirus pandemic means your classroom learning has been cut short, creating a structured home learning plan is essential to continue your education. Just because school and college is out you learning doesn’t have to stop altogether. Most of your schools and colleges will lean on online learning resources with technology being the only method of communication.
If you find yourself struggling with the lesson plan, seek help. Whether that be from your parents, teachers or friends. Drop them an email or text, we’re all in the same boat and reaching out to others is crucial. Remember that our inboxes are always open too, so if you’re looking for support on career opportunities, you can email email@example.com.
How to create a structured learning environment at home?
When continuing your education outside of the classroom, it’s important to set up a structured home learning environment. We’ve put together some practical advice and tips for you to learn with a clear mind. From sticking to a routine to keeping a clean environment – these are all essential to a clear and healthy mind.
1. Keep to a routine
While it’s very tempting to roll out of bed at 8:55 am to start your lesson at nine in your pyjamas, this isn’t advisable. Stick to your normal routine as much as possible. Jumping in the shower and getting dressed will help you feel psychologically ready to start learning. What you wear all depends on what you feel most comfortable in.
Everyone is different, so a t-shirt and jeans might work for some, others may feel in a better frame of mind wearing a school uniform. Changing out of your clothes when you finish your lessons is also a good way to help you switch off after school or college hours.
2. Which room should you work in?
Again, this is all down to you and what works best. Our advice is to try and make this the room that you spend the least time in. If you have a spare room in the household then it’s a good idea to make use of it. If you don’t, try the kitchen. It’s unadvisable to work in the living room if you’re going to spend your whole evening in there too as it can be difficult to switch from education mode to chilled vibes.
Creating a dedicated work space will help you to set boundaries from personal and education experiences. Your work space should be tidy and clean too to avoid any distractions. When the bell rings at school or college, you pack your papers and revision books away so it’s a good idea to do this at home too. Put all your papers away in your bag and switch off the laptop so you can leave the day behind and focus on yourself.
3. Create a timetable and stick to it
It’s likely that your teachers have set up a lesson schedule, stick to it. Write a list and tick tasks off as you go along. This can be immensely satisfying and is a great idea to make sure you get things done! Creating a structured home learning plan increases productivity and helps you to remain focused. You can use it to understand your goals and to prioritise your workload ensuring you meet deadlines to the best of your ability.
4. Take a break - and regularly
Take breaks, unless of course you’re self isolating, it’s important to take a break. Looking after your mental health at a time like this is crucial. It can be difficult not being able to socialise with friends and family in person but that doesn’t mean you can’t call them.
Go for a walk or get in the garden for some fresh air every once in a while. When learning from home it’s easy to get stuck in a rut but that doesn’t mean you should shut yourself off from people who care about you. Follow the government’s guidance, don’t socialise in person but do still ring or FaceTime your friends and family as that’s so important as is getting fresh air and eating regularly. Fuel your brain with positivity.
5. If your stuck - ask for help
Your teachers and family want to support you the best they possibly can during these challenging times. If you’re struggling, ask for help! Don’t just suffer in silence. You might reach a burn out point if you don’t ask for help and challenges will accumulate, whereas if you reach out the teacher will be able to offer you support so you can learn and move forward.
Ask your teacher if they would be willing to have a video call online to discuss what areas you’re struggling with. Your teacher won’t even realise you’re stuck on something if you don’t ask for help. They might choose to ask other people in the class whether they are stuck in the same area and then they discuss this after the lesson with a small group of your class.
What works for you?
Everyone is different! And that’s perfectly ok. What works for you might not work for your friend so it’s important to understand the best plan of action for you. We understand that this is a challenging time for you, as young people, but making the most of this time is important.
Don’t skip your lessons for an extra hour in bed – your teachers want to help support you! It might be tempting but if you do that, you might fall behind when it comes to going to college or university.